New Beatitudes

First, here are some new beatitudes by Simon Woodman: Blessed are those who refuse the lie that one life is worth more than any other, for theirs is the future of humanity. Blessed are those who have stared long into the abyss, for theirs is honesty beyond grief. Blessed are those who resist retaliation, for the [Read More…]

If I Had Lived Back Then

Just as people say that we don’t realize that we are living in the “good old days” until they have passed, so too we tend not to recognize the significance of a presidency, a protest march, a speech, or a stand, until later. History is being made every moment. The big question is whether we [Read More…]

America’s Choice: Table or Wall?

I expect you have heard the saying above before. Indeed, I suspect that I may have shared it on this blog before. But it is worth sharing again, because it sums up the choice before the United States at the moment. And it is the same choice the wealthy always face. One can horde, and [Read More…]

Happy New Year!

I wish to all my blog readers a very happy start to 2017! [Read more…]

The World as 100 People, over 200 Years

The above charts come from the website The World in Data, and more specifically Max Roser’s piece, “A history of global living conditions in 5 charts.” I am sure you have all seen past attempts to represent the world as it is now if it were 100 people. But tracing that group over 2 centuries achieves [Read More…]

If You Know The Answer

A friend mentioned on Facebook having seen a billboard with these words on it at Oregon Health and Science University. I couldn’t find a picture of that actual billboard online, and so I made a meme with the phrase. It is indeed a great one. “If you know the answer, ask bigger questions.” How might [Read More…]

Starting Heated Conversations

Sometimes Christians wear t-shirts that they hope will make conversations about their faith happen, without the awkwardness of having to try to inject it into the conversation. Atheists do the same. And it isn’t just t-shirts. Hats, pens, cups, bumper stickers, and a variety of other things have been crafted to play a similar role. And now [Read More…]

Day Jobs

Via Scot McKnight [Read more…]

Courage and Fear

The quote comes from a blog post on the Book of Esther. It is one of the most meme-worthy quotes that I’ve come across, and so here it is in that form, in the hope that it will circulate widely. [Read more…]

A Sign of Maturity

“It is a sign of maturity when we stop trying to make everyone into clones of ourselves (whether they be our students, children, or employees) and begin to appreciate them for who they are. We are invariably rewarded when we make the effort to encounter another person in his or her integrity.” – Steve Mason [Read More…]