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Best Dog Ever
2017-11-05 20:16
Not long after we moved into our first house my wife and I got a dog.  Riley was a free puppy found via a classified ad in the local newspaper.  He was a German Shepherd-Rottweiler… Read More
Don’t Feed The Trolls
2017-10-21 13:23
That inflammatory news blurb in your Facebook feed that’s got your dander up?  The one some acquaintances are circulating that’s got you thinking they’ve lost their mi… Read More
Our Bias Can Cost Us
2017-09-30 13:26
Our ability to deceive ourselves seems to be quite resilient.  There is this thing called “confirmation bias” where we search for, interpret, favor, and recall information i… Read More
The Reflection In Our Smartphones
2017-08-27 14:44
Jan Cossiers: NarcisoIn Metamorphoses, the Roman poet Ovid tells an old story about Narcissus, a young man who rejected the advances of Echo, a nymph.  The unhappy suitor then wast… Read More
The Power Of Distraction
2017-07-14 15:18
So much for multi-tasking with a smartphone.  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found the following: ...that it didn’t matter whether a person’s smartpho… Read More
Smartphone Apps And Your Conflicts
2017-07-03 00:33
Reconciliation is supposed to be a defining characteristic of Christian community.  But the social media and messaging apps that smartphones weld into everyday life might acutally get i… Read More
2017-06-10 13:13
As a follow-up to my somewhat befuddled post on Open Theism here’s a YouTube clip of John C. Polkinghorne discussing the nature of time. The clip is part of the Closer to Truth PBS se… Read More
Blood On The Floor
2017-05-29 16:11
A couple of years ago my wife and I read The Gifts of Imperfection* together.  The book resonated with me.  Since then other bits by the author, Brene Brown, have tended to get my… Read More
Faith As Allegiance
2017-04-15 21:55
When I was introduced to faith as allegiance last summer it was like a strobe going off inside my head.  It provided some much needed illumination to clarify some pretty muddled thinkin… Read More
Open Theism And The Nature Of Time
2017-03-01 12:59
I am clearly in over my head. Several years ago, a leader in a local church introduced me to Open Theism.  The theology  appears grounded in the idea that the future is open and su… Read More
An Idolatry Of Politics
2017-02-14 14:37
We are seriously doing this? People working in ministry, music, and nonprofit advocacy are facing pressure for their political beliefs. Source: These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to T… Read More
Size Matters
2017-02-05 22:05
During our years in a former church my wife and I heard repeated admonitions from the leadership to greet visitors.  Then a couple years ago we found ourselves looking for a new church… Read More
A Caution For Visionaries
2016-12-28 12:00
This will never do. Or such was likely the first thought of an old desert tribesman on seeing the line of petitioners winding through the encampment.  The line ended at the tent of his… Read More
Mark Buchanan On Reconciliation
2016-11-12 13:00
Reconciliation is what Christianity is supposed to be about. Claire Perini and Mark Buchanan unpack what that looks like at a personal level between individuals and within national movements… Read More
Not In Front Of The Children
2016-10-19 03:53
We are often more concerned with the appearance of our personal behavior than the actual substance.  So we hold grudges and carry on our personal warfare with each other out of sight.&n&hell…Read More
Silicon Valley Dystopia
2016-10-09 16:19
“The new road to serfdom — actually, it’s more like a hyperloop — runs right through Silicon Valley.” via Silicon Valley has our backs This post by Nicholas Car… Read More
Some Unusual Central Heating
2016-10-02 14:51
Now THIS was interesting (to an ancient history buff).  We take modern climate control technologies very much for granted: “I built a hut with a tiled roof, underfloor heating and… Read More
Permanent (and Lost In) Translation
2016-09-23 14:10
The non-profit publisher Crossway is releasing what they are describing as a “permanent” English biblical translation.  I am having some difficulty with what I think I hear… Read More
2016-09-09 14:58
I’ve watched a bit of TED and there’s been quite a lot of good stuff on it.  As I’ve noted previously, the format of TED successfully makes use of the shrunken attenti… Read More
A Faith Of Trust, Allegiance, And Loyalty
2016-08-14 04:00
Skeptics like Friedrich Nietzsche attack the truth of the Christian message because of the discontinuity they see between Christian belief and behavior.  They have a point.  Modern… Read More
Peaky Blindness
2016-07-05 16:51
flickr CC In the course of our recent Netflix binging my wife and I started watching Peaky Blinders.  This is a BBC television series set in post-WWI Birmingham, England, and is centere… Read More
Did Jesus Have A Wife? – The Atlantic
2016-06-22 03:22
Harvard historian Karen L. King ignited a controversy at a 2012 conference in Rome when she presented a papyrus fragment which appeared to refer to Jesus’ wife.   An article in th… Read More
Hacking Your Phone – CBS News
2016-06-12 11:00
Well, this is a problem. Sharyn Alfonsi reports on how cellphones and mobile phone networks are vulnerable to hacking Source: Hacking Your Phone – CBS News It appears that a hacker wi… Read More
The Wrong End Of The Telescope
2016-06-01 11:00
I am really wondering how there could be such a thing as explicitly “Christian” economics.  I bumped into this question in a blog where the writer, Roger Olson, surveyed maj… Read More
War In Heaven
2016-05-01 12:00
There is an odd bit of gangland slang that was popularized in the late 1980s where bystanders hit by stray bullets were referred to as “mushrooms.” They “popped up” i… Read More
Death By Pillow
2016-04-17 12:00
Very, VERY occasionally chronic problems are mitigated by ridiculously simple solutions.  For years now I have been plagued by sinus congestion at night.  Lately it seems to have g… Read More
2016-03-13 13:57
People have been debating cosmological and theological points for thousands of years (sometimes violently) but the Internet has introduced something new.  It has made it possible to arg… Read More
2016-02-21 13:00
According to researchers this kitchen gadget “…solves one problem (physically having to get up and switch your kettle on!) and creates a whole bunch more.” Source: New Wi… Read More
2016-02-15 01:27
On a recent foray into a used book store I stumbled over an excellent flyover of Roman history.  During my reading I was intrigued by the settlement of a political conflict in the Roman… Read More
2016-01-09 14:40
Lots of people throw around quotations attributed to ancient authors.  Last year I read the Annals and Histories by Tacitus.  Since then I’ve found writers who seem to have r… Read More
2015-12-01 09:00
There is this scene in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie where Jack Sparrow tells Will Turner his father was a pirate. Will experiences a bit of cognitive dissonance with the revelati… Read More
2015-11-01 13:00
There is this difficult story in Matthew’s Gospel about a slave who owed a staggering sum of money – something probably in the neighborhood of sixteen years wages for a worker of… Read More
2015-10-10 18:33
This past summer my wife and I were camping by ourselves – our grown children had visited and left so we had a couple of nights alone. We like to sit by a campfire but unusually dry we… Read More
2015-10-04 03:46
Somewhere during the last couple decades the bartenders in the mainstream entertainment business slipped over a line. Sexual themes once seemed to be served up to be sipped in glasses of art… Read More
2015-10-03 14:20
Protestants have been dividing from one another pretty much continuously since Luther’s excommunication. I would like to suggest an experiment: Pick an issue over which Christians divi… Read More
2015-08-15 14:49
In the middle third century a Church council assembled at Antioch and deposed the local bishop, Paul of Samosata. Paul appears to have taught that Christ was a mere man infused with the divi… Read More
2015-05-06 04:21
Attention spans are getting shorter. A comment highlighting this appeared in an April segment on TED Talks, broadcast on CBS news magazine 60 Minutes.  During the segment interviewer Ch… Read More
Loss Of Context
2015-04-08 14:53
Exploring the world in comfort. That’s the theme of a recent commercial for the European travel company, Viking River Cruises. Scenes of Europe flow by to violin strains and a poetic c… Read More
Making Peace With Church
2015-03-15 23:14
I recently watched an online panel discussion, Making Peace with Church – Finding Grace and Authenticity in an Age of Skepticism . The event was sponsored by Regent College, in Vancouv… Read More
Grayed Out Boundaries
2015-02-16 15:36
I had no intention of addressing Fifty Shades of Grey , which was released in theaters in mid-February. The critics’ reviews seem generally poor. Much of the viewer reaction to the fil… Read More
Gone Boundaries
2015-02-13 05:08
While there are some films that really ought to be seen on a theater screen I can’t often bring myself to spend money on overpriced movie tickets. Last fall I relented and went to Gone… Read More
2015-01-01 23:00
In a post at Biologos Daniel Stork Banks sketches out a personal journey.  It starts with the sense of awe at the natural world he felt as a child growing up in a non-religious home, co… Read More
A High PH
2014-11-21 15:04
Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago) Once upon a time a ring from the wall telephone signified a crisis of some sort if it occurred outside of certain times. We just never thought to cal… Read More

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