Boredom, Part 2

In 1947, the year I was born, television had been invented and was being used in some U.S. households that could be measured in the thousands. However, by the late 90's, 98% of U.S. homes had at least one television that was one for more than 7 hours per day. Early television was primitive compared... Continue Reading →

Boredom, part 1

At 2801 S. Taylor Street in Little Rock I had a world of wonder at my doorstep, and I don't remember ever telling my mother that I was bored. A huge white boulder in our back yard was a horse or a jeep. A short flight of stairs led up to the attic of our... Continue Reading →

Sheilaism

Robert Bellah, with a group of coworkers, wrote a 1985 blockbuster book called Habits of the Heart. This great book is arguably one of the best critiques of modern American society - a quest for a democratic community. William Placher wrote in Narratives of a Vulnerable God, "The interviews that Robert Bellah and his coworkers... Continue Reading →

The Marginalized

William C. Placher wrote this in Narratives of a Vulnerable God, page 128. "...we do not live in a society eager to attend to the voices of the oppressed and the marginalized. If we have let the values and assumptions of our society guide us, even in matters of faith, then where will we stand... Continue Reading →

It’s the American way!

In the last blog post, "Enough is enough," we talked about a charitable organization that annually sends millions of shoeboxes filled with trinkets, socks, and candy to Third World children with the claim that it was doing immeasurable good for the recipients. In point of fact, it does far less good that it claims to... Continue Reading →

Enough is enough!

What's not to love about a smiling child opening a box of Christmas treasures? Especially when the child is poor, Third World, and whose parents are unable to provide such wonders. Every year millions of these Christmas boxes are sent all over the world. In the year 2016 the sponsor of these boxes was hoping... Continue Reading →

Wearing Masks

Masks were worn in the Greek theatre for a variety of reasons. One was to enable a single individual to play multiple roles simply by changing a mask. Masks were also used as a sort of portable microphone system, with its built-in megaphone. It was quite an effective "technology" for the huge amphitheaters before which... Continue Reading →

The Antidote for Lies

Ancient building techniques used to begin a new building with the cornerstone. The cornerstone was the determinant of the direction the building faced, the trueness of its walls, and the level of its floors. Every other feature of the building derived from the cornerstone. The cornerstone must sit on a stable foundation. Builders in San... Continue Reading →

Truth & Integrity

Proverbs is the name of the ancient book of Wisdom in the Bible. It is a collection of sayings that shed light on how to live with wisdom and discernment in the world. The ancients were preoccupied with wisdom; in fact, a whole section of the Old Testament was devoted to looking for what is... Continue Reading →

Truth and Moishe

No one believed Moishe the Beadle (fictional character).  He was the keeper of the synagogue in Sighet, Hungary in Elie Wiesel's famous book Night.  Sighet was Wiesel's hometown. In the summer of 1941, Hungarian authorities rounded up approximately 20,000 Jews who had not been able to acquire Hungarian citizenship, and deported them to German-occupied Poland.... Continue Reading →

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