Another day, and another mass shooting (or more than one) hits the news. In the wake of these senseless acts many are drawn to ask some very straight forward questions… How can a loving God fail to intervene and stop the harm that humans cause in this world? If God has a plan for us, […]
My Home Brewed World – The Big Question Part 2
Beer is an alcoholic beverage produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. However, we can arrive at a much simpler view if we look at what it’s made of.. at the essence of the ingredients. Reinheitsgebot – The German (or Bavarian) Beer Purity Law of 1487 dictated that beer could only contain water, malted barley, and hops. The yeast that […]
Learning to Listen
I didn’t grow up in an atmosphere where prayer was talked about much. It was expected that we did it as individuals, and we occasionally did it as a family, but there wasn’t much emphasis on it at all. In my church life as an adolescent prayer was mentioned often, but there were no instructions […]
Nature rolls di…
Nature rolls dice. Nothing is certain. The fundamental laws of our world are dependent on the acceptance of chance and probability.
There are sub-atomic particles that blink out of existence in one place, only to wink into existence in another without traversing a specific route between. They take the route we observe. Our conversations can be like these particles. They can take a route that is specific to the audience hearing the conversation. The conversation can […]
I Choose to Have Faith. I Also Choose the Faith That I Have.
Recently, a quote from something I wrote was posted by a friend on her Facebook wall. That quote was… “The smallest ripples generated by an act of faith will produce waves that can’t be ignored.” Someone else then posted this comment… ‘Replace “faith” with “goodness” and you have a winner. Otherwise you could say the […]
As I walked from the office to the train this evening my mind began to compose. This happens to me on a fairly frequent basis. Typically, my morning musings bear the fruit of more shareable ponderings, but tonight I feel that my evening stroll through that odd blend of mind and spirit was worth pondering […]
All In (Part II)
I was recently asked to write an article for my church’s e-devotion series. I was assigned a theme. I was pretty surprised when I learned that the theme was “Go All In and Make Waves”. I’d written my original thoughts about going “all in” back in July. Now I have another shot at it with […]
I’ve often contemplated potential life changes. The reasons for doing so vary. In the end, I suppose I have some deep understanding that the change would be appropriate. Yet, I hesitate. I find ways to commit to the change partially, managing to hang on to a piece of my prior way of living. I manage […]
I once had a professor who emphasized the point that God’s creation is not static. He continually creates. For some reason I had trouble with this concept. The world we live in seems pretty static to me. Think about it. In the traditional creation stories God is creating some rather big stuff. Earth, wind, sky, […]