9/11 is our modern "day that will live in infamy". Like the first day to be so designated, it probably didn't have to happen. in-depth research by the 9/11 Commission revealed gaps in communication among agencies, lack of immigration enforcement, and failure to heed warnings that certain individuals posed a threat, among many other factors. In our… Continue reading We underestimated our enemy
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?
In the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy, chapter 4, Moses recounts the acts of God in bringing the Jewish people forth out of the nation of Egypt, where they were in bondage, and creating them as a nation unto himself. In verse 19, in the context of warning them not to forget what he had… Continue reading Sunshine’s for everyone; fire’s for a few
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?
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!
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
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