The Responsibility of Influence

The young adult was walking through a local store wearing a t-shirt with a simple message - "Not a Role Model." No other images, just the words standing out in bold type on his chest. It wasn't too long ago that NBA great, Charles Barkley made that phrase popular.  Barkley was known for his inappropriate... Continue Reading →

No Pockets in a Shroud

Job was a wealthy man, but in a course of quick and awful events he lost it all.  Everything -- children, livestock, servants, and property. Job's response to the loss was to say, "I was born naked, and I will leave this world naked," Job 1:21.  More modern versions of this saying are, "There are... Continue Reading →

Who is like our Lord?

Penninah was the wife of Elkanah, and she bore him several children, both sons and daughters.  People in town twittered about what a good wife she was and how happy Elkanah was with all his children.  Her children's Parent Teacher Organization named her mother of the year.  Penninah seemed to be a walking billboard for... Continue Reading →

A Videoed Apology

You probably saw it - Matthew Cordle staring into a camera admitting to a drunk driving accident that resulted in the death of a 61 year old man. It's extraordinary, if only because of it's honesty.  Most people would enter a not-guilty plea.  Court would convene and lots of money would be spent trying to... Continue Reading →

Letting People Down

The president began the meeting with, "We can't do any business because we don't have a quorum." It has happened before.  A carefully constructed agenda and set of to-do's was turned into just an interesting conversation.  The meeting ended with nothing getting done in spite of the fact that the organizational clock was ticking. Those... Continue Reading →

How To Avoid Goofy Interpretations

The Bible is an ancient anthology comprised of 66 books, written by approximately 40 writers over a period of around 1600 years. Challenges are inevitable when attempting to read a collection of writings spanning such a large period of time and cultural contexts. In many respects, reading the Bible is like listening to half of... Continue Reading →

It’s no problem!

"No problem" seems to have replaced "you're welcome" as a response to the common expression of gratitude, "Thank you."  Since communication is a two-way proposition, "no problem" has implications for the hearer. "It didn't cost me anything."  "No big deal." "If it had been too difficult or costly, I may not have done it." "It... Continue Reading →

Freedom!

Lots of words come to mind when “freedom” is used. Probably the most common associations with freedom are words that have to do with government.  Autonomy, emancipation, independence, laissez-faire, liberty, power, self-governed, and a host of “un” words such as unfettered are good examples.  People who live under the reign of despots such as Kim... Continue Reading →

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect is an idea that has been thought about and studied since the 1800's by both scientists and science fiction writers.  The Butterfly Effect describes a very small effect, such as a butterfly flapping its wings in one place, which in later developments causes a hurricane half way around the world. People who... Continue Reading →

The Condition Is Hopeless

On August 5, 2010, 33 miners were trapped 2,000 feet below ground at the San Jose mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Seventeen days passed without any contact with the surface. In darkness. Without fresh air. Without the sun. Without friends and family. Without fresh food. On the surface, rescuers were giving the miners a 2%... Continue Reading →

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