4 ways to figure out what’s true and what isn’t

Feeling inundated with information about COVID-19? Before that, perhaps it was the impeachment or Brexit or The Bachelor finale. How do you know what bits of information are true? Here are a few ways to get closer to the truth about anything: 1 Consult multiple reliable sources. See where the consensus lies. 2 Use commonContinue reading “4 ways to figure out what’s true and what isn’t”

Jealousy is love

Their jaws dropped. They stared at me with eyes wide open. Just like the time I told them that there will be sex in heaven. It’s not unusual for us to have brain-bending and mind-blowing moments our meetups with The Thinkery. This time, though, an audible, synchronous gasp filled the air outside the coffee house, whereContinue reading “Jealousy is love”

No, I don’t forgive you.

I’ve been wronged. Yeah, I know I’m not alone. You, too, have been wronged. Perhaps like me, you’ve struggled with forgiving people who wronged you. Every time I think I have a handle on what it means to forgive, I have trouble fully translating the philosophical into the practical. I think I finally know why. ItContinue reading “No, I don’t forgive you.”

Why do you (or don’t you) trust the Bible?

If you trust the Bible as a historical and holy book, what is the reason(s)? Is it any of these? Because you always have. Because you like what’s in it. Because you have examined the evidence and found that the weight of evidence points to its trustworthiness. If you don’t trust the Bible as aContinue reading “Why do you (or don’t you) trust the Bible?”

The lamb does not save himself.

The Levites slaughtered the Passover lamb for those who were not clean in order to consecrate the people to the Lord. The people stood by watching. But the rulers with them scoffed, saying, “Let the lamb save himself.” The first sentence is from 2 Chronicles 30:17. The second and third sentences don’t belong there. WhatContinue reading “The lamb does not save himself.”

Is faith rational? It depends.

“How well do CBT [Cognitive Behavioral Therapy] and religion mix? CBT is all about rationality, and religion is often about faith. The two seem kind of opposite. … CBT is … grounded in western empiracism and rationality, and faith is something that is very much different.” (Jason M. Satterfield • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for RetrainingContinue reading “Is faith rational? It depends.”

Two lessons from three men

The three young men were stolen from their country when it was invaded. They were brought as prisoners to the land of the conquerers to serve the king. Back in their own home, they had freely worshipped God, whom they believed gave them life. In this new land, people worshipped objects that they made withContinue reading “Two lessons from three men”

Free online workshop • “Think through Your Beliefs”

Joe believes he won’t get a raise, so he doesn’t ask for one. Julie believes the stock market will make gains, so she invests. Kevin believes that God doesn’t love him, so he returns the favor. Sandi believes she’ll have another piece of cake, so she puts the kettle on. We all believe something, andContinue reading “Free online workshop • “Think through Your Beliefs””

Fear … Understanding … Peace

“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” (Marie Curie) I came across this quote again this week, and it is particularly apropos these days. I mulled it over, as I do. It made me think ofContinue reading “Fear … Understanding … Peace”

If you read only one thing I write …

There will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain,because all the old ways are gone. This is how I get through the day. Every day. It’s a picture of the future that I am grateful to have been given when I was a kid. If you’ve never heard it, or you need to hearContinue reading “If you read only one thing I write …”