Running wild?

"Elephants belong only in the wild..." "They let that child run wild..." "I am just wild about Cajun cuisine..." "Wild cherry trees dot the edge of our wood line..." "Wild" brings images to mind of roaming free and being master of one's own destiny,  being uncontrolled and undisciplined, being enthusiastic past the point of ordinary… Continue reading Running wild?

Don’t move that Bible for me!

"Don't move that Bible for me! I don't get that many chances with God!" We were headed to lunch when I scooped up my Bible from the passenger seat to clear a spot for the social work intern to sit. Her protests would have amused me, except she seemed in dead earnest. In the ensuing discussion… Continue reading Don’t move that Bible for me!

When did the Gospel change?

Is the church today supposed to be like the church in the Book of Acts? If not, when did it change? Some things very obviously changed from the Old Testament to the New: 1) sacrifice for sin was completed by Jesus' work on Calvary (Hebrews 10:1-18) 2) eating foods prohibited under the Law of Moses… Continue reading When did the Gospel change?

Why haven’t I seen that before now?

Now you see it... Have you ever been driving in a familiar area, and noticed something you'd never seen before, though it obviously was there all along?  I recall this happening once as I drove my daughter and a friend through very familiar territory near the friend's home.  As we turned onto the oft-traveled country… Continue reading Why haven’t I seen that before now?

Check it out!

Don't assume anything. Journalists preparing news for publication are given the warning to verify their sources: "Check it out! If your mother says she loves you, check it out!". While hopefully "mother's story" checks out, the adage has its merits. The Society for Professional Journalists espouses a Code of Ethics including the requirement that journalists: "Test the… Continue reading Check it out!

Catch your drift

Things left alone in the water drift downstream, not up -- nor do they stay in one place. Drift is similar to what happens when a woodworker cuts from the last piece of wood that had been cut, instead of cutting from the original pattern.  Naturally, this causes the dimensions of the pieces to gradually… Continue reading Catch your drift

The show-me state…of mind

No, we're not headed to Missouri this day, just borrowing their fine motto for a few minutes. You know -- in the sense of "Back up what you're saying", "Prove it", "Give me an example", and such like. These days you'd better have some back-up to what you're agreeing to, or you could end up… Continue reading The show-me state…of mind