Monthly Archives: June 2014

Our Need For Forgiveness – it might be different than you think

Aimee Byrd asked a good question in a comment on one of my posts last week. I’d written about one church’s odd practice of requiring people to seek forgiveness for their own sins and for “ancestral sins”, i.e., sins committed by their … Continue reading

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Napping Under the Shady Pines

Last week I saw a baby napping under the shady pines in front of the courthouse. You know what I wanted to be doing? Napping under the shady pines in front of the courthouse. In front of the courthouse … … … Continue reading

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Christians and Questionable Motives

[From the archives.] Etymology trivia: “motive” and “motion” both derive from the Latin movere – “to move”. That makes sense, since all willful movement is motivated by something. Here’s a for instance: I love pizza, and am often motivated to eat … Continue reading

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Word fun – Make Haste Slowly Right Now!

Latin can be fun. Take the phrase festina lente, literally meaning make haste slowly. Doing things slowly is my specialty. Unless it’s when I’m pulling onto the freeway, in which case I really want the person ahead of me to … Continue reading

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Mark Driscoll’s Demons – the false doctrine of the Mars Hill demon trials

Mark Driscoll and his various churches’ leadership teams hold demon trials, claiming to be able to bind demons and order them around. From this report and some of the comments in response, though, it turns out that it’s the Christians who attend … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities – a very short review of a book I didn’t like one bit

Everyone said Dickens is great, and many people told me that A Tale of Two Cities is one of their favorite books. So I read it. When I was done, I felt just like the Liberté person in the last … Continue reading

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The #1 Reason Every Woman Needs A Man

I’m not going to mince words here, because this needs to be said and I’m just the man to say it. And make no mistake – if you are a woman and you refuse to heed my words, you are … Continue reading

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Justice and the Enforcement of Mercy

God’s mercy precedes his justice and serves as its very basis. His justice is but the enforcement of his mercy: God insists that we live by the same merciful measure wherein we have been created and redeemed. Ralph C. Wood, … Continue reading

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Eating 100 Year Old Food Can Be Tastier Than You Might Think

[From the archives.] *** A few years ago my wife and I had the privilege to be in a Bible study with a number of older people. You know what goes with Bible study and older people? Food. But not … Continue reading

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On Writing, Grammar, and the Greatness of God (along with a few other thoughts)

Random thoughts I’ve had this past week or so: A question for everyone who wants to abolish “whom” – will you agree to do without him and her as well? Some of us write because if we said the things … Continue reading

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