April 8, 2021

I was quite the soccer player when I was a teenager, but never got into watching it until recently. Like many new American soccer fans, it really grinds my gears when the players pretend to get fouled, fall to the ground, and roll around in agony as if they have been picked off by a sniper. As a defender, I always assumed the offensive players were doing this with extreme purpose, They were trying to cheat. Soccer gets a bad… Read more

April 6, 2021

The counselor at the school we work at often encourage staff, faculty, and students to do a self check-in during the day. Just a deep breath and the legitimate question: how am I right now? Take off the mask. No need to perform or fear an imagined future. Just honestly self-assess. I have to confess this is something I don’t do very often. I don’t often take inventory of myself. On the other hand, I am constantly measuring others. I… Read more

April 1, 2021

It is a bit of a strange coincidence that Easter Weekend and April Fools are so close together. This surely represents the two ways most Americans view the Christian Faith – either as miracle or malarkey. Eternal Truth or the great lie. The key to everything or the extremity of self-deception. The question of whether trusting in God is an issue of the faithful or the foolish depends in large part on where you start from. It is very difficult… Read more

March 30, 2021

I have seen more and more the misuse of the concept of grace. We too often use it in a condescending way. “They” wronged me but I am showing grace to them. We treat it as if grace is about overlooking a superfluous (or even grievous) offense – taking the high road. It sounds as if we are rabid animals on the brink of exacting a vengeance we are justified in and entitled to. But, by an enormity of our… Read more

March 25, 2021

As we are heading into the Easter season, we celebrate Passover and Palm Sunday. An interesting combination of events. One is the salvation from death and the other celebrates the entrance of life. As we are stepping toward Easter, the journey is the road from death to life. A road of redemption. There are few things this world needs more than redemption. There are few things I need more. And I am guessing it is the same for you. Redemption,… Read more

March 23, 2021

I have been working recently on a science fiction novel–the White Whale of my writing career–and it has been the catalyst for a lot of interesting thoughts. A few nights ago, Kylie and I were talking with some other friends about comedians and the way they, at least historically, have been able to say things in their jokes that are hard for people like politicians and pastors to get away with. True things. Comedy is perhaps the harsh and absurd… Read more

March 18, 2021

It has been a full year since the Coronavirus pandemic manifested in full and a couple months into a dramatic political transfer of power. Oh, and three months into the new year, 2021. In thinking back on the year of Covid and especially how crazy it was this time of year twelve months ago, it is hard to remember with accuracy exactly what it was like. Just like it is hard to process all that has happened since. All that… Read more

March 16, 2021

Back in Old Testament times, the ancient Israelites set up cities to protect those who had committed crimes from an avenger. They were called sanctuary cities. And the idea that the loved ones of the victims would come after the accused fast and hard. It would lead to cycles of violence and people habitually taking laws into their own hands. An avenger is one who acts out revenge. The practical application to the concept of vengeance. It is the one… Read more

March 11, 2021

It is no real secret that the world is going bonkers. Not exactly a hot take to say that we are a people divided, confused, and angry.   Ultimately, what is happening in this world is a fight for truth. Which should be a beautiful process of collaboration. The trouble is that we carry with us an ever-growing set of double standards. Reinforced with poor logic, hypocrisy, and unchecked bias. The real shame is that we all carry a certain valuable… Read more

March 9, 2021

I am currently working on a commentary of The Book of Proverbs for thebiblesays.com and have been really fascinated by a tiny verse in Chapter 3: “then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” (Proverbs 3:10). In essence, the verse is talking about the path to abundance and contentment. Now, I know, like you, as soon as something claims to be this, the skeptic within us is awakened to full alert…. Read more

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