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Political correctness can obfuscate a good point

“The word ‘good’ has many meanings,” writes G. K. Chesterton. “For example,” he continues, “if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a...

 

Genuine wisdom rooted forever in God

According to the wise man writing in Ecclesiastes 3, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” I like the way Eugene Peterson paraphrases this in The Message:...

 

Life lesson found in two sweet songs

Here’s a tale of two sweet songs and, with them, a life-crucial lesson. The first song is a heartwarming ballad performed by Phillips, Craig and Dean, one of my favorite singing groups. “A scene...

 

Jesus showed himself to be the kind of king we need

The shortest distance in the world is the space between hero and heel. On that first Palm Sunday the cheering crowd lay palm branches in Christ’s path as he entered Jerusalem. By that Friday we...

 

Bible translators deserve combat pay

A useful and delightful aid for anyone who, attempting cogent communication, might like a rule or two about punctuation marks such as apostrophes or commas, Lynne Truss’s best-selling Eats, Shoots...

 

Nothing quite like that son-light-saving time

Well, we’ve just made it through one more time change. I’ll check in a minute (note the subtle time reference), but I always have to think about whether we’re going on to Daylight Saving Time...

 

'No statute or regulation shall be enacted into law unless...'

As I wrote this week’s weak column, Texans were one day away from the 2018 state primary election. I was too late to add one more ill-fated proposition to the list of mostly D.O.A. propositions...

 

Genuine rest comes from God's grace, power

Why is resting so hard? One definition, “freedom from activity or labor,” surely makes “rest” sound rather appealing, maybe even like something we should try on occasion. Just a brief...

 

God's economy puts rich, poor on equal footing

Wealth. How varied and strange are the uses of that word. More often than not, when we use the word “wealth,” we’re talking about money, a necessary commodity, for sure. But measuring wealth is...

 

Ten reasons I thank God for winter

Ah, winter. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Reason No. 1: Christmas usually comes during winter, thus Reason No. 1 by itself would more than tip the scales. Reason No. 2: Christmas singing...

 

Thinking about thinking can be difficult

I’ve been trying to do some thinking — which is harder than I thought. I’ve tried it a few times before, but what’s made this latest attempt particularly difficult is that I’ve been trying t...

 

Forgiveness is not optional

The Apostle Peter once came to Jesus with a question: “Lord, how often do I have to forgive?” (Matthew 18:21). “Lord,” he seems to be saying, “I’m a reasonable man. I want to do the right...

 

So this panda walks into a cafe ...

One of the most delightful (“filled with delight”) books that I’ve ever been given (thank you, Betty Little) is the “Runaway #1 British Bestseller” ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves,’ by author...

 

There is nothing new under the sun

“There is nothing new under the sun,” writes the wise man in Ecclesiastes (1:9). That argues for knowing something about what has already taken place under this old sun. And that means learning,...

 

Some questions as we sail into a new year

Well, we’ve done it again, managed to blunder on into another new year. Hmm. I wonder why just now I said “blunder”? Amazing how just a few letters carelessly tossed together can affect the...

 

God takes us as we are

At first, the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical, but when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only realistic and true, it is...

 

Thank God for shepherds and stargazers

Thank the Lord for shepherds and stargazers. While muckety-mucks in Rome were trying to figure out new and improved ways to shake even more shekels from the pockets of the subjugated populace and furt...

 

May Christmas open our eyes to real gold

It’s always good, but never better than during these holy days, to recognize the difference between genuine gold and the sort that blinds fools (and all of us when we’re foolish). You probably rem...

 

Christmas seems to come around once a week

Years ago, when a friend and church member who was well into his eighties told me that for him Christmas seemed to come around about once a week, I believed him. But now, having tasted life at sixty,...

 

Advent season about preparation

Getting ready. That’s what Advent is about. At church we lit the first candle of Advent Sunday morning, and, as I write on this Sunday evening, I’m sitting in a quiet house, enfolded by the warm g...

 

Early church could teach a lot about giving thanks

I’m writing on the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving. Though most of us still have a bit of turkey left, we’re well on the way through the “My, what a wonderful bird” stage and on into the...

 

Counting blessings requires careful thought

"The worst moment for an atheist," writes G. K. Chesterton, "is when he feels a profound sense of gratitude and has no one to thank." Though any season is a great time for gratitude, Thanksgiving...

 

Plenty of signs the season is changing

Well, it’s official. The holidays are on the way. The calendar says so, of course, but other clues abound. I just spent a day singing Christmas songs for folks at a great Christmas craft bazaar....

 

God's children don't have to live a fearful life

Author Philip Yancey writes that at a British conference, scholars from around the world were discussing the most basic beliefs that set Christianity apart from other world religions. As they debated...

 

Steeples still pointing us in the right direction

Wow. I wonder how much farther that old sagging column supporting the corner of this old sagging house can lean out southward before the corner of the house just collapses and wordlessly pleads, “He...

 

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