Writings by Cole Huffman

Evangelicalville: An Inside the Loop Satire

Rachel was weeping for one of her children. She refused to be comforted, for he was a citizen of Evangelicalville no more. Dave sat beside her on the couch remembering what he’d learned from the men’s conference about Level 4 Communication—or did he learn it from Hootie and the Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View album? Let her cry. What godly men do “when your wife gets upset like that” is try not to fix it. Did she really hear their sixteen-year-old son say “I feel like I’m... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 27
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Less Valuing of My Opinionating

Are there times when one shouldn’t share his opinion? Yes, of course. You think your aunt is hyperemotional, and you can’t stand that in a person. Fine, but leave her to it at your uncle’s funeral. Neither she nor any attender that day needs your fulmination on overreaction. Let’s press the opening question further. Are there subjects where I have no right to an opinion? The old bromide about everyone having a right to their opinion is still held by most Americans, I expect. This... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 19
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The Difficulty of Labels

Years ago in my presence a friend’s easygoing but unflattering characterizations of others was softly rebuked by a man who said to him, “You like to pigeonhole, don’t you?” At that moment the rebuke was deserved. Pigeonholing is a kind of labeling that classifies someone as “the other” immutably. We all categorize to account for real differences. Categorizing itself does not disparage in drawing distinctions. As Lewis put it in The Four Loves , we do not disparage silver by... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 14
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