“For the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.” - James 1:20 Some stories put me in touch with my inner murderer. This one’s a pretty good example. Continue Reading



“God was manifest in the flesh.” -I Timothy 3:16 “The world is not an easy place for anyone,” Annie Sullivan said in reference to her famous pupil Helen Keller, but she could have been speaking for all of us. Continue Reading

James Foley, ISIS and Wrath

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“For the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.” - James 1:20 You’ve seen the photo by now, maybe even the video: an American journalist kneeling seconds before his utterly senseless, depraved execution. James Foley’s murder is just the latest link in a chain of outrages committed by this monstrosity called ISIS, a group representing Islamic extremism at its worst and man at his most depraved. Swift and strategic action is called for. So is disgust, heartbreak and prayers for the Foleys, and righteous anger generating whatever Continue Reading

“Regrets, I’ve Had a Few —“

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“---but then again, too few to mention.” Or so crooned Frank Sinatra in his signature ballad “My Way.” And if that’s really true, more power to the guy. Me, I had a multitude of regrets by the time I was ten, so I certainly didn’t reach middle age with a clean slate. I’m pretty sure most of us have some sense of falling short of our own standards when we review our lives. And that’s where we walk a fine line between healthy regret and unproductive guilt. Continue Reading

The Phil Robertson Controversy: No More Ducking the Issue


Apart from a radio interview with Bible Answer Man I’ve been ducking the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty controversy for over a week now, first because I didn’t want to get into it on the brink of Christmas, and second, because so many others were blogging on it. But now that Robertson has been reinstated following a suspension during a period when no filming took place (sorta like suspending a student during Spring break) and the whole episode seems to be winding down, there are aspects of the story I’d like to look at. To recap what you Continue Reading

Lessons from “A Christmas Carol” Part One: Unchained

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This week leading up to Christmas we'll be looking at lessons we can glean from Dickens  A Christmas Carol. Hope you enjoy these! “I wear the chain I forged in life….I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Men don’t come into my office because of a bad decision they made. They come because of hundreds, even thousands of bad decisions, linked together to forge a chain they, like Jacob Marley from the Dickens story, gird and wear Continue Reading