Nervous

Yesterday, Trump supporters violently breached our nation’s capitol building.  The authorities have things more or less in hand.  But the thought of a Trump-inspired coup succeeding still makes me nervous.  Historically, revolutions don’t end well for anyone.   Coups aside, I’m nervous about a democrat-run government swinging the pendulum far left in reaction to Trump’s…

COVID in Our Stockings

With Christmas happening this week, I found myself thinking about Jesus’s birth.  Caesar Augustus required that everyone travel to their home town for a census.  Rome would update taxation based on this census (and taxes rarely go down).  I imagine the average citizen thought, “You want me to make a long, expensive, dangerous journey so…

Lord of the Dance

“Lord of the Dance” is a hymn written by Sydney Carter in the 1960s and set to the Shaker tune, “Simple Gifts.” I have been unable to get it out of my head. For over a week, this song greets me when I get up and pops in my head throughout the day. Even when…

Babe of Bethlehem

About 20 years ago, my wife and I became acquainted with the music group, Nowell Sing We Clear. We were immediately struck with the way their lively music focused Christmas on Christ. Truly, they sing nowell clear. “Babe of Bethlehem” is one of their songs I’ve come to love because of its presentation of who…

Cyprian and Plague

For a number of years, I have subscribed to Christian History magazine. If you enjoy church history and are not acquainted with Christian History magazine, I highly recommend it. Every issue is beautiful and informative. It is one of many ways I connect with Jesus through His people. I have been reading a special issue…

Why Argue with an Atheist?

I’ve been watching a debate (from 2008) between Christopher Hitchens (an atheist), Dinesh D’Souza (a Christian), and Dennis Prager (a Jew).  (See the video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0LY6Vwcp4-U).  The debate lasts for about two hours, and I’m 45 minutes into it. So far, Hitchens has dwelled a lot on evils committed by religious people.  I was surprised to…

Taking a Break

It’s been awhile since I took a blogging break, so I’m due. In the meantime, feel free to check out previous posts or the booklets listed by category at the top of the page. There’s also a tab with recommended reading. These are books that are important to me, that have had some impact on…

Anchor and Bedrock

The following is an excerpt from my personal journal, written in June 2020. It’s raw in places but we’re all feeling a little raw so I thought it might encourage someone else. *** Today, coronavirus restrictions are in their 13th week.  Protests and riots over the murder of George Floyd are going into their 3rd…

Shhh! Don’t Tell the Governor or President!

Much of the world is living with restrictions because of coronavirus.  Like many others, I’ve struggled with all of this.  Every time guidelines/restrictions are added or changed, it takes time for me to process them and adjust.  I’ve seen myself go through some classic stages of grief: denial, anger, depression…I haven’t really bargained because there…

Are You with Me?

While I was spending time with the Lord this week, He asked, “Are you with me?”  My first reaction was, “Is this one of those questions like when you asked Peter if he loved you?” I’m way more likely to overthink things than Peter.  There was no confident (over confident?), “You know I’m with you,…