Writings by Cole Huffman

Category: Parenting

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Forsaking Family Egotism

Children can be a person’s proudest possession. But in today’s climate, Joseph Epstein writes, it is far from clear who, between parents and children, possesses whom. In the same essay (“A Son at Tufts, A Daughter at Taffeta”), he employs the term “family egotism,” which he attributes to Tolstoy. Epstein says family egotism roughly approximates to not caring if the whole world goes to hell so long as all is well with our little Kevin. An internment camp... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 8
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Beyond the Shadow of a Devotional Doubt

In a recent sermon on Matthew 13:31-33—two word pictures Jesus directed at doubters of Himself and His kingdom—I quoted two authors on doubting. Many asked for copies of the quotes. I take it we all know and love a doubter or two. Here are both quotes in full with commentary in between: “Because the broader culture treats doubt as the apex of our intellectual experience, there are cultural incentives for those who embrace it. For young, culturally cosmopolitan evangelical... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at May 21
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Respect in the Ruins

Art school is the devil. So I was told by a man who has seen two of his sons’ faith metastasize in matriculation. He wasn’t blaming the college. No one takes your faith from you, you lay it down. Apostasy becomes its own art form in places where peers like to sepia wash their souls. Heartbroken for his sons, that man nevertheless wanted to maintain relationship with them. So he had a conversation with them. He told them something about themselves, something undeniable: They want... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Apr 10
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