Resisting “Staggerment” This Christmas

staggerment

I’m losing sleep at night. The last time the trailer for “The Hobbit” flashed across my television screen, I tried counting sheep, drinking warm milk, and taking a hot bath, and I still couldn’t fall asleep. December 14 can’t come soon enough. Taste for yourself:There’s a part of Tolkien’s book that holds a timely warning for us this Christmas season. Bilbo Baggins sneaks into the lair of the dragon, Smaug. He sees the gold and jewels layering the floor of Smaug’s cave, and he’s transfixe … [Read more...]

Musings on 1.7 billion dollars, spirited debates, and Toto

Founding Fathers

I have two reflections on 2012 election season as I’m pacing back and forth like a caged panther waiting for results to come in:Musing #1: Far too much money was spent campaigning by both parties. There must be at least 1.7 billion ways to better spend $1.7 billion dollars. Think of how helpful those dollars would have been to Sandy’s victims, or to those researching pediatric brain cancer, or to organizations such as International Justice Mission or Compassion International. I’m telling you, … [Read more...]


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