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”

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”

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.”

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.”

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 the only prayer you ever say is …

German philosopher Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you’, it will be enough.” Two words. How could that possibly be enough? I say those two words all the time. Just today, I said them when someone said Bless you after I sneezed. I said themContinue reading “If the only prayer you ever say is …”