Tainted…

EF6A0A7F-A6EA-4B71-92F0-AA8CDB0407A4Many years ago I had a short conversation with a man who at that time was the pastor of the church my wife and I attended. The topic of lottery tickets came up in the conversation, and I will never forget his assessment of the problem with lotteries. He said, “The problem with money won in a lottery is that it is tainted money, it is tainted because it “t’aint mine, and it t’aint yours”. An interesting Continue reading

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Parenting…

3B1E7993-AA58-4CBF-A3A5-10F71F4C1B61It is my observation that most parents are proud of their children—or at least would like to be proud of their children. As a parent myself, few things have given me greater satisfaction than observing my children becoming mature, responsible adults who seem to be successfully navigating life both independently and in community with other people. While I would like to take at least a little credit for Continue reading

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When Ignorance is NOT bliss…

46B5CD3D-1E78-4DC7-AC20-4BCCFA95AAE8There are some times in life when ignorance of certain facts can actually be beneficial, like when one is having a cultural food experience as a guest and it is vitally important not to offend the host, it may be to one’s advantage to not know exactly what it is that one is eating. On the other hand, there are also times in life when ignorance is not bliss, like not knowing one has a four foot piece of bathroom Continue reading

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Live Long and Prosper…

A0CE7CC8-4563-4FC0-9CB4-D24E18C9A7A0I would not call myself a true Star Trek “Trekkie”, in fact I suspect I know just enough trivia about Star Trek to be dangerous. One of the Star Trek quotes today’s reading reminds me of is the Vulcan greeting, “Live long and prosper”. Back in the day—that would be in the vicinity of the 1970’s—I would occasionally hear my more serious Trekkie friends greet each other this way. I remember seeing a large Continue reading

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Anti-social Media…

C0628F2E-856C-451E-8B37-B3961B2B2E77.jpegOne of the reasons I find social media entertaining is because the level of stupidity that some people expose in their effort to be convincing is beyond comical. There are times when it takes an extra measure of self control for me not to troll them along a little. In our proverb today, Solomon warns us about rebuking or correcting a Continue reading

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No Exuses…

B0B4E6D4-B31D-425B-9EA7-3D9897AA599FOne of the most crushing disappointments a person can experience is to be left waiting at the altar for a prospective spouse that has changed their mind about the marriage. This is disappointing not only for the person left standing at the altar, it is also disappointing and awkward for both families and all the guests. I am thankful that the closest I have ever come to experiencing this sort of thing is to watch it Continue reading

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A Matter of Life and Death…

17A65C12-97DD-422F-8E84-96F5BD504233My father once told me, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”. I do not remember the exact context of this statement, but I do continue to understand the principle my father was attempting to help me understand. It is the reality of personal autonomy. The fact that God has given us the freedom to make our own choices — even when they turn out to be self destructive. In other words, Continue reading

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