Resources by Charlie Wingard

Augustine on the Limitations of Human Life

By Charlie Wingard · September 5, 2013 · 0 Comments
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“If an inquirer thinks he ought to settle absolutely every question, great or small, before becoming a Christian, he little appreciates the limitations of human life or himself.” Augustine of Hippo, Epistolae 102.38 in Henry Chadwick’s Augustine of Hippo: A Life (Oxford, 2009), 29.          (“St. Augustine in His Study,” by Vittore Carpaccio, 1502)

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Roberta Maclagan Wingard (September 4, 1926 – December 19, 2008)

By Charlie Wingard · September 4, 2013 · 2 Comments
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(Today would have been my Mother’s 87th birthday. I wrote this tribute ten days after her death in 2008.) My Mother was not given to self-disclosure. Health updates, news about her activities, and reminiscences on her long life came only by my persistent personal inquiry. She was a quiet, godly woman, and conversations with her quickly turned away from herself and to her desire to know how Lynne, her grandsons, and I were doing. I never heard my Mother brag. She came to womanhood during the Great Depression and World War II, and was never at home with the moral climate and self-absorption of much of my Baby Boomer generation. When she prayed aloud, it was with the language and…

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George Washington’s Rules of Civility

By Charlie Wingard · September 3, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Young George Washington’s education included copying by hand “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” In the process he learned not only penmanship, but a code of manners that shaped his character and conduct. Some of the 110 rules pertain to etiquette: “In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.” And, “Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs roll not the Eyes lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.” Fortunately, I’ve never been in situation that required me to: “Kill no Vermin as Fleas,…

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From the Heidelberg Catechism for the Lord’s Day, September 1

By Charlie Wingard · September 1, 2013 · 0 Comments
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93. How are these [The Ten] Commandments divided? Into two tables: the first of which teaches, in four commandments, what duties we owe to God; the second, in six, what duties we owe to our neighbor. 94. What does God require in the first Commandment? That, on peril of my soul’s salvation, I avoid and flee all idolatry, sorcery, enchantments, invocation of saints or of other creatures; and that I rightly acknowledge the only true God, trust in Him alone,  with all humility and patience expect all good from Him only, and love, fear, and honor Him with my whole heart; so as rather to renounce all creatures than to do the least thing against His will. 95. What is…

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