What the news tells us about our hearts

I just browsed through the stories in my Facebook News feed. I found something in common with these headlines: Pastor Who Told Congregation They Didn’t Have to Wear Masks Hospitalized in ICU with COVID-19 Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Are Feeling “Stretched to Their Limit” The worst coronavirus outbreaks are happening in these 15 citiesContinue reading “What the news tells us about our hearts”

#Thoughts&Prayers

Not long ago, #InsteadOfThoughtsAndPrayers was trending on Twitter. I’d like to offer an alternative: #InAdditionToThoughtsAndPrayers. Sure, it would max out my tweet character limit, but it would send a message. With all the suffering and tragedy in the world, thoughts and prayers are indeed not enough, so I get why many people are frustrated byContinue reading “#Thoughts&Prayers”

How to keep your brother from starting a cult

Let’s say that you have a brother named Clive, and people claim that he’s perfect. I mean, he has never done anything wrong. You would know better, right? You know for a fact that he cheated on his sixth grade history exam as well as his first girlfriend, and he is a jerk on Twitter.Continue reading “How to keep your brother from starting a cult”

Why a Protestant would like the idea of purgatory

The image above is a depiction of souls burning in the flames of Purgatory as displayed on the facade of the Church of Ánimas (Capilla de Ánimas) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Source/License “The practice of praying for the dead is, I think, the fundamental origin of the doctrine of purgatory. … We often wantContinue reading “Why a Protestant would like the idea of purgatory”

Should Christians obey the laws of government?

You might remember a couple of years ago when then Attorney General Jeff Sessions invoked the Bible to defend the Trump administration’s enforcement of immigration law. What exactly did Sessions say in a speech to law enforcement officers on June 14, 2018? I checked four sources and came up with two different versions. (That should remindContinue reading “Should Christians obey the laws of government?”

Our future depends on history’s most compelling event

Is history’s most compelling event the opening night of Private Lives? I love words and old stuff, so I listen to a BBC radio program from the last century called My Word! Panelists are quizzed on words, literature, and the like. In one episode, the panelists were asked, If you could be present at any historical event,Continue reading “Our future depends on history’s most compelling event”

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?”