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

An Indistinct Sound

(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) In 1 Corinthians 14:8, the Apostle Paul drew a word picture for the Corinthian believers when he wrote: “For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?” This passage has been on my mind quite a bit lately. “But why,” someone may ask, “this short passage?” That is a very good question, and one which I have asked myself. … Continue reading

Worldview Boutique

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Though I no longer consider myself a Christian, I’m still keeping a space for God in my heart. I didn’t lose my religion. Instead, I’m creating my own. I don’t believe that we humans can live and function happily without any belief or faith in something outside of the physical world we live in. 1 These words from Keay Nigel near the end … Continue reading

After Thanksgiving Thoughts About Thanksgiving

Is the celebration of the national holiday called Thanksgiving a time of reflection and thanksgiving or merely the sound of the starting pistol in the race for buying stuff? The answers to this question vary and will be wide ranging. For some these days will be very difficult. I received news early on Thanksgiving Day that a friend’s husband had unexpectedly passed away earlier that morning. The season will be difficult for the family even … Continue reading

Rob Bell, Mark Twain and the New Exodus Perspective Part 2

I was talking with my partner in crime, Jonathon Miles, about this week’s blog and he mentioned a quote that C.S. Lewis had made about having first things first. In my trolling the Internet in search of the quote I stumbled across something that combined the quote with issues of social justice at, of all places, First Things. Over on Catholic World News, a fellow who goes by the name of Uncle Di reflects on … Continue reading