Wisdom! Let us Attend!

My grandmother used to confuse me when she’d comment about a particular friend of my grandfather’s. She’d look at the man as he was driving away from their home after a visit and say “He’s a smart boy but he ain’t got no horse sense.” “Horse sense?” I’d hear that and wonder what in heaven’s name that could mean. It was years later I learned that this was a way of saying that…

Learning to Choose

I have a friend who is a biologist and she is also an atheist. She’s an atheist because she’s convinced there is no such thing as “free will.” And she believes this because of her science. To her, every choice we think we make is actually just certain chemical reactions to different stimuli. I know, sad, isn’t it. And yet, I know some theologians who would agree with her about “free will.”…

The 3-Fold Path to Wisdom

What’s the best way to improve society? Change the person or change the society? There was a day in America when the common understanding was to change the person and society would improve, but nowadays it seems that many think that fighting to change society means addressing society’s faults rather than the faults in the persons in that society. In fact, character development USE to be one of the primary goals and…

He IS Not Ashamed to Call You Brethren!

“You can pick your friends, but you’re stuck with your relatives.” That’s an old saying around these parts and it reflects a reality that sometimes your family can embarrass you. Truth be told I actually try to embarrass my daughters when we are in public. I’ll dance or sing out loud and my oldest will say, “Daddy, stop. You’re embarrassing me!” Mission accomplished! But seriously, there is something to be said about…

Will You Weary God?

I don’t know why I was so nervous. After all, I’d met the boss before and was fine. But this situation was different. We were at an event when not just my boss, but his boss, and his boss were present, and I was the most “junior” man in the room. I confess, I was intimidated and had a million scenarios running through my head about how I was going to react…

Your Guilt is Taken Away

The word “holy” stumps most folks. They think they know what it means, but, in the end, they really don’t. So, when you hear the word “holy” what pops into your mind? What does the word “holy” mean? I won’t keep you in suspense. Here’s the key to understanding the word “holy.” It literally means “set apart for a specific use.” This is a big deal! And I really can’t emphasize just…

Woe to Those Who Call Evil Good

In front of the Supreme Court is the statue of “Lady Justice.” This is an ancient symbol of the purpose of a law-based society. Notice the “Lady” is blindfolded. In one hand she holds the scales and the other a sword. The symbolism is clear. The application of the Law will be blind and won’t show favoritism AND the law will be enforced. So, let me ask you an honest question: Do…

The Delusion of Riches

Lech Walesa was the Polish electrician who helped found the Solidarity Trade Union in 1983. This was the first independent trade union in the old Soviet Union and became the political movement that drove communism out of Poland. While visiting the United States after having become the 2nd president of a free Poland he commented on the wealth of the US: “You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense…

It’s Time To Prune The Vineyard!

It wasn’t that I didn’t try. I did try. I read how to do it. I got some good advise. I bought the right fertilizer. I weeded. I hoed. And the garden still crashed and burned! Hey, I guess I’m not very good at gardening. Kind of like I am at fishing. Oh well, some of us have talents in other places. But there was one gardening principle that caught my attention;…

God or the Snake?

“She made me do it.” This was the “excuse of my daughter when I asked her why she hit her sister! Wow, that’s a lot of power to give to someone else! It seems we humans have a particular gift for shifting the blame to someone else when we make mistakes. We also seem to be particularly good at excusing or justifying our choices even when those choices turn out badly!  …