The Art of Deception – Deux

Good deception (by “good,” we mean effective) uses language to guide one’s thinking in a particular direction. Sometimes deception is harmless fun, as in the case of “magic” tricks, surprise parties, harmless pranks, etc. When our son, Lee, was a lad, he and his friend Mike were great “magicians,” enamored with little tricks based on illusion, sleight of hand and/or misdirection – i.e. deception. One of his favorite (and most successful) tricks was called “Cups … Continue reading

Friends

Once a month, our good friend Penny comes and spends a night with us. There is nothing like time spent with a true friend to lift and strengthen the spirit. Penny has been our friend for 50 years this year, so we have a real shared history. Penny and her fiancé stood up in our wedding, and a year later we switched roles and stood up in theirs. We had our kids, who grew up … Continue reading

Is Your Faith in Vain?

We just finished celebrating the event which is the highlight of the Christian calendar and indeed central to the Christian faith. The resurrection has special implications in several areas. Where the sacrifice on the cross paid for our sin and gave us peace with God, the resurrection conquered death and guaranteed that the redeemed would likewise be resurrected and see God face to face! Without the resurrection of Christ and his people, the Christian faith … Continue reading

H U M ∀ N S

What does it mean to be human? Are we merely physical beings with sentience (the ability to perceive or feel things) due to electrical activity in our material brain? When we breathe our last, and our material brain dies, do we simply cease to exist? This is a question which has been pondered by philosophers, included in plays, and debated by theologians. It has also been the stuff of which many films are made. There … Continue reading

Invested

I have been reading Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford. One of our supporters, who had been personally involved with several authoritarian groups, sent the book to me. She had been intrigued by Tim Harford’s idea of being blinded by the will. The blinding of a person’s will happens when he or she has fully invested themselves into something which turns out to be a terrible mistake. Not willing to accept … Continue reading

What’s on the Other Side?

The old saying is, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” That is true when kids are rough housing and things go dangerously awry. But life can be that way too. Quite often, it seems, human beings go through life with little thought to what happens when we breathe our last. Life is all fun and games, for lots of people, until the music stops and there is no chair to grab onto. … Continue reading