Connecting the Dots

Making sense of your life is like playing one of those connect-the-dots games. You know the kind I’m talking about.  On a sheet in front of you (sometimes on a kid’s menu at a family friendly restaurant) you see what looks like a meaningless jumble of numbered points. By connecting the dots with a pencil…

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Sex and Power

The sexual abuse scandal swirling around Penn State has drawn massive media attention.  Members of the Penn State community have been joined by many of us in a mixture of revulsion, shock, anger and sadness. Former coach Jerry Sandusky stands accused of sexually molesting boys who participated in The Second Mile program, a program designed…

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Impending Joy

Some parables are about grace.  Others are about the kingdom.  The Parable of the Talents is a judgment parable.  (Matthew 25:14-30)   Granted, Jesus does begin the immediately preceding parable by saying, “The kingdom of heaven will be like,” but this parable is defined by the master’s response to his slaves’ work when he returns.…

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Upward Mobility

In the film “As Good as It Gets,” Melvin Udall (played by Jack Nicholson) is a wildly successful author of romance novels.  He also happens to despise people.  His disdain for other people combines with a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder to make him miserable and lonely. He falls in love with the young waitress…

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Is God Wrathful?

A shocking video has gone viral on YouTube in the past week.  A hidden camera captures Texas Judge William Adams repeatedly striking his fifteen-year-old, cerebral palsy stricken daughter Hillary with a belt.    As she resists he grows angrier and angrier, curses in the crudest way, strikes her on various parts of her body, and…

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