May 28, 2020

I saw an ad recently about how to handle our emotions. It suggested the way we are designed is to stay planted in consistency and watch our emotions go by, acknowledging them and addressing them. It described our fundamental human task as sitting and waiting while the circumstances and feelings fly by us. Where we get into trouble, the ad claimed, is when we follow a particular emotion or experience too far. We jump off our stoop of consistency and run after one particular… Read more

May 26, 2020

It has always been a dream of mine to be a fiction writer, a la Michael Crichton, John Grisham, and Agatha Christie. I love stories. I think they are about so much more than entertainment. We use stories to tell the truth, as parables to say something significant about the world in which we live. The best thing about being an (aspiring) writer is the way it affects the way you view the world. It invites you to look deeper… Read more

May 21, 2020

The first Memorial Day happened in the aftermath of The Civil War. Soldiers from both the North and the South were honored for having lost their lives. It was designed to be a day of remembrance, a day of grief and unity. A few Memorial Day events were held in the latter part of the 1800s and into the new century. People left flowers and flags on graves in memorandum of the lives lost, the cost paid to live life… Read more

May 19, 2020

There is a big difference between the everyday pains and struggles of relationship and a major dilemma. All of us need to persevere and communicate through the conflict, the challenges, and the annoyances of being in a relationship. The best relationships still have to deal with struggle. It is a part of what makes a relationship great, the way we tackle issues. But the stress and strain can also be indicative of a major problem. Use whatever metaphor you like –… Read more

May 14, 2020

Every day we feel some semblance of pain. From agony, torture and tragedy to discomfort, unfamiliarity, and annoyance, the practical reality of pain covers a wide spectrum of experiences. It also covers a vast spectrum in terms of value. Some pain is just plain evil. It is the opposite of good, a force working to subvert us away from the best we can be. But some pain is not only tolerable but valuable for the journey we are on –… Read more

May 12, 2020

I am helping to edit an online commentary that is sorted by books of the Bible. Each passage has its own page and you click an arrow to scroll to the next page (or backward to the previous one). For example, if you are on a passage contained in Ruth 2:4-11, you would read the commentary and when you were ready to see more, click the arrows that would take you to the page for Ruth 2:12-18. The reason I… Read more

May 7, 2020

My brother got married before I did. A couple years into his marriage, he told me this: “when considering a wife, the most important question you can ask yourself is…how would this woman be as a mother?” It hit me as a pretty interesting idea. My brother’s advice was basically to move past the less important ideas that cloud your head – like how she’ll look in lingerie or how often she’ll make me laugh. Think about this person as… Read more

May 5, 2020

There are two things inherent in every human life. The desire to participate in purpose and the understanding that to do so means to engage with something bigger than ourselves. These longings are expressed in the language we use with one another every day. We talk about the meaning of life. We ask, “why does this matter?” or  “what is the point?” When we speak of such things, we are speaking of purpose. And whether it be our job, our… Read more

April 30, 2020

There is something intoxicating about the feeling of a win. Life is full of challenges, ups and downs, struggles and tragedies. We are all searching for a sense of victory. A triumph. I am not very competitive, but I know a lot of competitive people. It’s hard to explain that jolt of exuberance that comes when we win a game of ping-pong or backgammon, let alone the State Championship or the Super Bowl. There is a sense in which this… Read more

April 28, 2020

I was working through a Biblical commentary on Genesis this week for a work project and came across the word “blameless” in the Hebrew Scripture. God tells Abraham to follow him and “be blameless”. The commentary stated that the Hebrew word for “blameless” means “complete”. I’ve always thought of blamelessness as perfection, a call to get it all correct. And I guess I could see how “perfect” and “complete” could be synonyms. But what if, in this context, there were… Read more

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