Love, Romance and Redemption

Countless people are looking for love.  Our deep, understandable need has created a growth industry. Books promise to show us how to make people to fall in love with you, how to avoid falling in love with a jerk, how to find your soul mate, and how to escape love that hurts. We’ve seen a…

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Running from Empty

Carmakers must assume that drivers tend to run on empty.  That’s why they install warning lights and tones to alert us when we need to refill our gas tanks. Running on empty is a popular metaphor for the hectic pace that so many of us keep in our daily lives.  Studies tell us that sleep…

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Weeds

The Casey Anthony trial attracted a nearly obsessive level of media (and viewer) attention.  Obsession turned to outrage when the jury handed down the not-guilty verdict, even as some began to wonder about our habit of rushing to judgment in such public cases. No one should wonder at the interest the Anthony trial drew.  …

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Dreams and Ladders

Our dreams tell us volumes about who we are.  I don’t mean the dramas unfolded by our unconscious mind while we sleep.  Instead, I have in mind what motivational speakers and graduation keynoters call our dreams. They tell us to pursue our dreams.  Life without a dream is empty, they say. What they mean by…

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Good Soil

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus compares spreading the word about the Kingdom of God to scattering seeds.  The kingdom, like any seed, will take root only when it lands on good soil. Here’s the parable without Jesus’ explanation: A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the…

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Are We Happy Yet?

A life devoted to the pursuit of happiness ends in sorrow. Maybe this sounds pessimistic or cynical or even unpatriotic.  After all, the Declaration of Independence frames our freedom precisely in terms of our inherent right to pursue happiness. Let me be clear.  We desire happiness by God’s own design.  Happiness is a good that…

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