• A Simple Rule for Modern Life: 1,500 years of enduring wisdom

    January 15, 2023 by

    The Western Roman Empire had been in slow decline for decades, but began to rapidly disintegrate during the first half of the sixth century.  Emperors were weak, local factions fought each other for power and land, Goths from northern and eastern Europe began to migrate en masse into every part of the empire, including the… Read more

  • Faustian Bargains in Today’s America

    January 11, 2023 by

    Stories of Faust come in many versions and forms.  In each one, the hero sold his soul to the devil in return for nearly unlimited success in all his endeavors.  Predictably, his life of success brought neither happiness nor the sense of a purposeful, well lived life.  I don’t believe the devil is wandering around… Read more

  • The Compression of Time and Space on Society

    January 6, 2023 by

    Throughout history technology has compressed time and space.  It was a slow but steady process that leaped into hyperdrive in the last hundred years.  The world has suddenly become a much smaller place with things and people far away now near and present.  Counter-intuitively, it’s also made the world a much larger place with more… Read more

  • John and the Jews: a serious problem for the church

    January 2, 2023 by

    The press continues to report on the rise of antisemitism in the U.S.  Trump’s notorious Mar-a-Lago dinner, for example, is among many reported cases.  It’s an outbreak visible in places large and small throughout the country.  Sadly, growing public awareness of the cancerous evil coincides with the time in the church year between Christmas and… Read more

  • Patiently Impatient: God’s time v. human time

    December 16, 2022 by

    How can one be patiently impatient?  Scripture encourages us to be patient as we wait on the Lord to act.  It reminds us that God works on God’s time, not ours.  The bible is filled with centuries between the announcement of God’s promise and its fulfillment.   At the same time, the prophets and our… Read more

  • A Gritty Christmas Story

    December 13, 2022 by

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the song says. It is for many.  For some it’s a time of grieving, loneliness, and guilt about failing to live up to the expectations of the season.  Nevertheless, the season remains a time when the sentimental ideal of good times, good friends, beautiful decorations,… Read more

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