No Messiah Running

From First Thoughts

The quest by some in the Republican Party for a savior is unseemly. We have a choice between the incumbent president and a long list of good men and women with strong backgrounds. This list includes the governor of one of our largest states, a former governor and business leader, a former . . . . Continue Reading »

On Marriage: Jane Eyre Contra Robertson

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I am no expert on how to succeed in marriage, but I do know failure. Nobody made me vow to love my wife Hope for richer or poorer, in sickness or in health, but I did so swear. When I have failed in love, and I have failed love, at least I had a standard to note my failure.Forgiveness, the medicine . . . . Continue Reading »

On Labor for College Students

From First Thoughts

Every day the company screwed with its employees.They told us they would and even laughed about it.You see I worked (ever so briefly) for a company that made metal fasteners, including screws. The puns cannot all be repeated here, but never varied much.Working in that plant, along with summers spent . . . . Continue Reading »

Memory After 9/11

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The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is over and memories can be put away for at least one more year. Most are self-centered and 9/11 forced those of us old enough to pull out of our personal lives and recognize that some things are bigger than we are. Other people’s pains, other people’s . . . . Continue Reading »

God Scares Me

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Sitting in Sunday School as a kid, Mrs. Her Name Is Hard to Recall told me the “fear of the Lord” was reverential awe for God, not being scared.Slouching in Bible College waiting to be kicked out, Dr. I Will Protect His Identity told me this answer was inadequate and overly soft. He . . . . Continue Reading »

Three Things Obama Got Right

From First Thoughts

Christians, and Christian societies, honour dead bodies, because Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, had one. We do not abuse the dead.We do not kick corpses.Traditional Christians do not encourage cremation.President Obama made the right call to take out bin Laden, the right call to end torture of . . . . Continue Reading »

Men of Easter: Pontius Pilate

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If you are not God, you only make the Creed if your God’s mother or his murderer. That means it is great to be Mary, but not so great to be Pontius Pilate.Call no man happy until history decides his role. Pilate was well known for most of his life and Mary obscure. Even at death, the relative . . . . Continue Reading »

Men of Easter: John

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John was the man that stayed and hanging around with Jesus changed his life.Many men wanted to follow Jesus until the Teacher said some hard things. Jesus demanded people think, but most men just wanted Him to provide bread and edutainment.John saw people look for easy answers and miss Jesus.A few . . . . Continue Reading »

On Easter Simon Was Glad to be Wrong

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Simon knew talent. Simon was brave. Simon loved his nation.Simon did not say much, but Simon followed Jesus.This Easter Simon the Zealot has been on my mind. He was a follower of Jesus easy to forget, because we only know his name and political point of view. Simon wanted freedom for his people . . . . Continue Reading »