The Christmas (Card) Blues

The bittersweet air of Christmas time, and the remorseful reflection brought on by a thorough scrubbing of my contact list in preparation for sending out Christmas cards for the first time in many years.

The Evils of the Cheater Pipe

Cheater pipe being used by three military members to close a chain lock on a buldozer transporter.

A “war” story about the often deleterious effects of using cheater pipes on wrenches. A dear friend recently reminded me of how sections of pipe are sometimes put onto the handles of tools like pipe wrenches to increase leverage – often with “suboptimal” results. It reminded me of this story.

Kipling – The City of Brass

Rudyard Kipling is accused – with good reason – of being a racist and an imperialist, but this poem attests that he was also a prophet. I share it here in its entirety because the online resources I’ve found are full of transcription errors which destroy not only the meter and rhyme, but the meaning of the words. How does one forge a sward, pray tell?

Rapture Predictions Like “The Great Sign” Stumble the Lost

Since Jesus ascended to Heaven, Christians have been awaiting His return. As the world descends into anarchy, our desire for Jesus’ return becomes more and more fervent. Despite Jesus’ own admonition against it, Christians have tried since ancient times to determine from scripture exactly when the “rapture” will occur. The latest of these predictions is the so-called “Great Sign” – an alignment in the heavens which will happen on September 23rd, 2017. I submit that such predictions are a danger to those who are not yet believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Camping World CEO Apology

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis made some ill-considered remarks on a recent TV interview and has issued a heartfelt apology which will be forwarded as a PDF in response to customer feedback posted on the company website. Since none of the news media is likely to share this apology because true humility isn’t considered newsworthy, I decided to share it here.

What’s So Wrong With Privilege? – The Biblical Perspective

There’s a lot of talk these days about innate unearned privilege. The assumption is that it is inherently wrong. But what if it was God’s intent all along? If so, why? How can the privileged and the underprivileged both glorify God in a world of inequality?

Why We Fight

A little tirade about the motivations of soldiers in answer to commonly voiced contentions about the American Civil War.

Remembering Bebelplatz In the Final Days of Freedom of Speech in the USA

Remembering the heartbreaking bonfire of books burned by students in 1933 Berlin, and the parallel fanatic proscription of freedom of expression we see in America today, all in the light of Heinrich Heine’s famous observation that where people burn books, people will in the end also burn people.

Love Doesn’t Imply Approval – The Distinction Between Nature and Behavior

Pointing out and opposing sinful behavior does not imply that we hate our fellow children of God. Indeed standing firmly in opposition to sin – in ourselves first, but also in others – is a token of true love. We must make the essential distinction between our universal sinful nature, and the practice of sinful behavior.

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