I worry. I come from a family of worriers. We’ve mastered it. I’m certain my family’s DNA comes complete with a worry gene. What do I worry about? All manner of things, it just depends on the day. Lately I’ve been worrying about work. It’s been a turbulent time – like a roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns. The workload has gone up and I’m worried about how I’m going to keep up. I have questions constantly… Read more

It’s easy to point out the sadness of the intolerant and pompous pronouncements of modern-day atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris. How do they shake the haunting emptiness in their soul? What do they fill it with? Learning? Materialism? Humanism? Hedonism? Selfishness? When they look at the stars at night, do they ever wonder “what is at the edge of space?” When they contemplate the bookends of our existence, do they ever think “when did time begin?… Read more

Our work lives are dominated by the clock. In nearly every profession these days, we are ruled by time — how many widgets we can make in an hour, how much time we spend on customer calls, how quickly we can rotate tires. Our society is an efficient machine, yet stress caused by this constant measurement is always nipping at our heels. But when we think about it, everything has measure. Over a lifetime, you’ll spend approximately 28 years sleeping,… Read more

We all have something to say but is anyone listening to us?Perhaps it’s a simple instruction or just a kind word. Maybe it is a stern admonition or a protective word of caution. It could be just an attempt to sway someone to our way of thinking or advice for a thorny situation. Whatever purpose our spoken words may have, are they having the intended effect? Are they landing on their target with impact? Are your words being heard?The answers… Read more

There is an atheist lurking in meIt’s easy to point out the sadness of the intolerant and pompous pronouncements of modern-day atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris. How do they shake the haunting emptiness in their soul? What do they fill it with? Learning? Materialism? Humanism? Hedonism? Selfishness? When they look at the stars at night, do they ever wonder “what is at the edge of space?” When they contemplate the bookends of our existence, do they… Read more

The midweek social experience is virtually extinct in this nation.Few join the Kiwanis or a bridge club. Our social experience comes from living vicariously through our Internet pals or our favorite television programs that we can now watch on demand. Camped out in front of our television or computer, we simply do not need anyone else.And the church has given up trying to drawing people away from their cocoons on anything but Sundays. Mid-week services are attended by a few… Read more

Interviews are interesting displays of human character. Everyone is on their best behavior, and yet they try to act normal. That creates some paradoxes.Monster.com has listed some interesting humor from the world of interviews.One woman, being interviewed for a clerical position, was asked about her “yes” mark next to the felony conviction question. She had hired someone to kill her ex-husband, but at the last minute she called it off. She claimed her medication was now helping.One man being interviewed… Read more

He was a failure at first.William Tecumseh Sherman was one of the great heroes of the Civil War. His famous march on Atlanta that razed the South and left nothing but ash in his wake played a pivotal role in securing the North’s victory and helped free men, women and children from the bondage of slavery. The victory was great, but many died in the battle, which some have called one of history’s bloodiest. What if Sherman hadn’t been on… Read more

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Christmastime.It isn’t just in your neighborhood, with your neighbor’s lights shining in your eyes at night.It isn’t just in the mall, splashed with gory colors and tinsel.It isn’t just in every commercial or ad or pitch to buy a product.It’s also Christmastime in your workplace.In many workplaces, the may CALL it something else — Holiday Season, Winter Season, Solstice etc. — but we all know its Christmas. The breakroom is full of cookies. Cubicles… Read more

Our friends at HighCallingBlogs.com sponsored a Christmas blogging challenge — and we joined in the fray. They asked for “Your best Christmas memory” and our post is below.Here are links to the other participants: Sally’s WordsGood Word Editing L’Chaim Papa Poet Ramblin’ Dan RelevantBlog Sally’s Words Seedlings in Stone Shane Vander Hart Thoughts of a Gyrovague Please, share with a friend if you feel moved. Read all past issues at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidrupert Read more

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