More Likely This Halloween

From First Thoughts

If I make contact with a skeleton or any other bones, as a Christian it is more likely to heal me than kill me. If I meet a demoniac, it is more likely to be a chance to see God’s glory than the end of my life.If I meet a vampire, it will more likely be a Dracula than an Edward, and I will be . . . . Continue Reading »

Not Afraid of the Dead

From First Thoughts

On Halloween I am sometimes asked if I believe in ghosts. While accepting that there are “more things in heaven and earth” than Richard Dawkins finds tolerable, I have no strong commitment either way. There is some evidence for something, but it is not obvious what that something is.Are . . . . Continue Reading »

Where are the grown ups?

From First Thoughts

The media grownups exploiting Levi Johnston are doing a bad thing. When I was growing up and making some pretty big mistakes, there were grownups who took me aside and told me not to be a fool. They had mercy on me and showed me a better way to live. They certainly did not play on my sinful desires . . . . Continue Reading »

On Apologies

From First Thoughts

Since the Kool Kristian Kids now think we should apologize for everything (the Crusades! the Inquisition!) we did not do or things we are thought to be doing even if we are not (sexism! racism! homophobia!), I would like to add a new category. I think we should begin to apologize for people who . . . . Continue Reading »

The Old Order Changes

From First Thoughts

The generation that can remember the Great War is almost gone. Victoria reigned for decades, but those born under her rule have nearly vanished. There was a time when much of what we take for granted, some good things and some bad, did not exist. Those that remember the days before easy air travel . . . . Continue Reading »

Give the President a Break

From First Thoughts

Evidently President Obama’s wanting to play basketball with the guys is disturbing to some people.I am unclear why this is so.Sometimes guys like to hang out with guys in their free time. The President lives in a house with three females. He works in an office with gals and guys. Why . . . . Continue Reading »

Is Newt Gingrich Delusional?

From First Thoughts

Recently, Newt Gingrich teased voters by announcing he might run for President of the United States. This is exciting news only if the voters in the GOP get the Nobel Peace Prize Disease (NPPD).NPPD is a rare condition where decision makers pick not the best candidate, but the one who wants it the . . . . Continue Reading »

Why I Believe In God

From First Thoughts

In one comment thread on this blog, someone asked why I believe. Here is a short answer.It is an odd thing to be called on to defend something you think you know. It is disturbing at first, because it makes you simultaneously wonder about your own mental clarity and that of your questioner. Why . . . . Continue Reading »