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Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: SERPENT “Now the serpent was the subtlest beast of all the field,” says the sacred author in Genesis, just as Satan, who evidently has taken over the body of the serpent and is using it like a puppet, is about to tempt Eve to eat the forbidden fruit....
Subscribe to Jasper. Pleasantry of the Day: The Family Dog Put on your Bible antennae, and tune them up, because I have a question for you. Is there a family dog in the Bible? If I were asking the question about the ancient Romans, it would be easy to answer. The Romans were fond of...
When I walked onto the campus of Magdalen College three years ago to interview with Dr. Harne, I was struck by the beauty of its view: the mountains green in high summer, the sounds, those of the field and forest. In two years as tutor and one as coordinator of Career Pathways, I have come...
With regret, Magdalen College announces the resignation of current president, Dr. George Harne, effective July 31, 2020. The Board of Trustees wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the leadership and dedication of Dr. Harne. During his tenure at Magdalen, he not only secured accreditation for the college, but advanced its presence nationally as a...
Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: Food Factories Suppose you have a strange cousin named Dexter, with a laboratory in his basement. You go down there and it’s as if you had taken an elevator into hell. The smoke is so thick you have to gulp to breathe, and the place stinks like rotten...
Subscribe to Jasper. Painting of the Day: The Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna When Jesus was stripped and nailed to the cross, the gospels tell us, some of the Roman soldiers took his cloak, but when they saw that it had no seams, but was woven in one piece, they decided not to tear it, but...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: FATHER Suppose you could board a time machine and dial it up to the year 3000. You come back to your home town and meet your own great-great-great-great-twenty times great grandson. You say to him, “Son, I’d like to shake your hand. I’m your great-great-great-great-twenty times great grandfather.”...
Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: Why Is the Statue of Liberty Green? Even if you have never been to New York harbor, you have probably seen pictures of the famous Statue of Liberty, rising up in green splendor over the waters, and holding forth her torch, lighting the way for freedom for man,...
Subscribe to Jasper. Painting of the Day: The Handmaid of the Lord by John Singer Sargent Did you know that George Washington is listed as having two birthdays? One was February 22, 1731, and the other was February 11, 1732. What happened was this. Baby George was ready to be born in 1731, but when...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: BOOM Back when my father was a little boy growing up in Pennsylvania, there were two major league baseball teams in Philadelphia. One of them was the Phillies, in the National League. They’re still there. The other was the Athletics, in the American League. They have since moved...
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