Yesterday, the world watched high-definition video of a spacecraft landing on the surface of Mars after a nearly seven-month flight from earth to the Red Planet. Many watched on their smartphones. The technology that makes space flight possible fascinates. The technology that makes it possible for me to watch on my phone is wonderful…and dangerous.
You can read this because you have access to the Internet which delivers to you information in the form of email and a wide range of digital formats. Because you have email and online capability, you have more access to more information than the rest…
It’s time for a pop quiz. There is only one question, and it is multiple choice. You at least have a chance at getting it right.
Q: Fill in the blank: Near the end of the president’s term, editors of a major newspaper in the nation’s capitol wrote, “If ever a nation has suffered from the improper influence of a man, the American nation has suffered from the influence of _____________.”
A: Bill Clinton
B: Andrew Jackson
C: Donald Trump
D: George Washington
The column appeared in the Philadelphia Aurora in 1796 in the waning days of George Washington’s presidency…
I remember my girls singing,
“Nobody likes me, everybody hates me
I think I’ll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones, Eensie weensy squeensy ones,
See how they wiggle and squirm!”
If the ditty is stuck in your head the rest of the day, my sincere apologies.
Some Christians think God doesn’t like them. These, saved by the indescribable gift in God’s son, look at their difficult and wrenching life circumstances and conclude, “God doesn’t like me. God doesn’t care about me. Maybe, God hates me.”
For the child of God, few texts surpass the greatness of Romans 8. From…
Paul writes simply and directly, Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).
His words do not seem too complex. The things of earth are in opposition to things above, and there will only be disappointment if affections are for things on earth. Frankly, things on earth cannot deliver what we hope they can. We cannot regard things above and things on earth as the same or that there is a time and place to set our affections on earthly things and not consider things above. …
Five years ago this week we buried my mom. What follows below are my thoughts in anticipation of that day. In the years between, I’ve learned much about grieving, loss, and absence. I’ve experienced our Lord’s sweet companionship and calming peace. I think much more about heaven and about how few my days on earth might be. The number keeps getting smaller as I compare my current age to my mom’s age at death or the ages of others dying around me.
In time we all will bury those whom we love. Most of us will bury parents, about half…
Breathe. It’s all good. I’m very selective in the men I kiss.
My dad’s family health history reflects the Middle Ages. Adults in his family routinely died in their 40s and 50s. In fact, when my dad died at the ripe old age of 74, he died long after the lifespans of his mother, father, his three older siblings, and one younger brother. None of them lived to 74. The gene pool needed some chlorine.
The last decade of my dad’s life was physically challenging. …
I love my country. For those in the back, I LOVE MY COUNTRY!
Until the Lord returns, I want the United States of America always to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, and one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Because I am a Christian with a worldview formed by the inspired and infallible Word of God, my heart aches at the coming administration of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Mr. …
(This post first appeared on a different platform January 17, 2016).
Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
I’m guessing you never thought you’d hear those words the first time you watched “The Apprentice.” Yet, this Friday Mr. Trump will take the oath of office to defend our constitution and become the 45th man to ascend to the highest position in our country and, arguably, the whole of the free world. With great power comes great responsibility. I trust Mr. Trump will embrace the latter and wisely use the former.
Nobody really knows what Mr…
Over the course of the last 10 months, the mantra from presidential candidates to states’ governors to some guy commenting on Facebook has been “Trust the Science.” My governor, Tim Walz (DFL — MN), regularly makes use of the phrase to validate his executive orders covering everything from athletics to zoos.
In its corollary use, these three little words are the automatic response to any who push back against lockdowns, school closures, physical distancing, and mandatory masks, “You know what your problem is? You just don’t trust the science.”
What science exactly are humans supposed to trust? The discipline of…
Sometimes the familiar is better than the novel and the previous better than the new. In this last Lunchtime Musing for 2020, would you read again or read for the first time, what I think are the most significant posts I wrote in 2020 for our church and for your life? They appear in the order they were written.
1. Our grandson is now a one-year-old. Shortly after his birth, I wrote The Kind of Grandpa I Want (and don’t want) to Be. …