So today, I watched brothers and sons gather around a casket. A sister, wife, and mother had passed. I can’t say that I knew her well, or that we were close family, though we were in-law relations, and we became good Facebook friends, but the sight of her brothers bearing her casket across the green..
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The War on What? Eighteen years after the fall of the World Trade Center, I find it odd that very obvious and necessary questions about Islam and the West simply can’t be publicly contemplated, for fear of offending someone in Riyadh, or Manhattan for that matter. I’m not even talking, at the outset, about terrorism..
Making little minds chirp alike. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” (Fair Use) In the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Meryl Streep plays an ice cold, judgmental, baldly acid mother in law with an unapologetically shallow value system. (They let her play herself, in other words.) Along the way, we get to see how..
Thinking out loud. Probably nothing, but I was wondering what it is that ties together unlikely bedfellows like gay activists, jihadists, socialists and radical environmentalists. Why, for example, do you find the defenders of a fluid sexuality that would get you thrown off buildings in Iran ridiculing any objection to Sharia law in the west?..
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Are you Better or Worse Off? I have a standard for Christianity that is so simple I think some people find it threatening — particularly pastors. It..
..until it’s not.. When a reasonably mild prophetic voice wonders, while decorating a wedding cake, whether the Christian owned shop needs to have some policy about sodomite weddings, I can almost guarantee someone in the bake room will say — sweetly — “let’s just say a prayer and hope that never happens; we will face..
Robe Not I inherited the massage gene from my mother, but along with it, at least 12 generations of pietist separatism of one sort or another, so spas make me nervous. I have yet to encounter a “relaxation room” (the waiting area) that achieved anything close to relaxation. You get a robe. Other people are..
Again.. There’s something about breaking an eleven year habit that focuses your attention–and it’s actually a 30 year habit if we go back to computer bulletin boards, CompuServe, AOL, Xanga, and all the rest. I was a first generation “new product heat seeker” when it comes to having long arguments with people online, and making real..
“..When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”..