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A Forgotten Tune

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is like a long-forgotten song. Some of the words occasionally come to mind, and you might remember a few bars of the melody. But it fades away again, retreating to the recesses of your memory. For all it’s worth in 2004, the Civil Rights…

Looking For Reasons to Laugh

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 19, 2012

Some days it's hard to get out of bed -- much less laugh. But haven't you noticed how much better a day goes when laughter is scattered through it? You know it's going to be a bad day when... --Your knees buckle but your belt won't. --You sink your teeth…

The Shallow Villains of Western Film

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: December 10, 2014

Because of the nature of forgiveness, any disdainful attitude on the part of the forgiver cannot exist. Resolution always implies a positive, face-to-face interaction ending in an improved relationship between two parties.

US Tourist Jeffrey Fowle Was Arrested in North Korea for Leaving Bible Behind

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: September 25, 2014

North Korean authorities arrested U.S. tourist Jeffrey Fowle three months ago, accusing him of Christian proselytizing, which is considered a crime in North Korea. The arrest was made with the charge that he left a copy of the Bible with his contact information and pictures under a bin in the…

Aronofsky And Apostasy: Expect Noah To Be An Anti-Biblical Biblical Epic

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: March 27, 2014

Darren Arnofsky’s first successful film was Pi, a brilliant and disturbing indie production which centers on the lives of obsessed mathematicians. The protagonist discovers a number, buried within the non-repeating, non-terminating number known as Pi. The discovered number is actually the name of God.

Spontaneous Disclosure

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 21, 2012

It's sometimes a tough call -- when to keep a thing to yourself or when to disclose it. The issue isn't revealing it to God, of course, for everything is open to him. It's the matter of sharing with a human being who might not keep the matter in confidence…


Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 14, 2012

Words fascinate me. I enjoy playing with words. I love to collect axioms, slogans, sentence sermons, proverbs, Yogi Berra-isms and such. I even have a collection of oxymorons, those quaint and absurd combinations of self-contradictory words. Expressions like week day. Right. I have over 900 of them so far. Stay…

A Gift From God

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The wind harshly blew through a cloudy gray Kansas City sky. Snow was on its way, as a cab passed, an occasional horn honked and the beat of footsteps pounded against a brick sidewalk. The footsteps almost sounded like music if you listened to them long enough, some soft, some…

Facing the Fact: I Have An Addiction to Internet Porn

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

It was more than 30 years ago, but I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was a Saturday. My parents were going out for the evening, with my Aunt and Uncle. I was going to stay over at my cousin’s house for the duration. My cousin and I…

Maybe It’s Like Baseball

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Okay. We’re at the halfway point of the baseball season. And the Yankees are playing more respectably. So maybe that’s why it occurred to me that a lot of our experience of religion is like baseball. In baseball, fans and fanatics have a lot in common. A real baseball fan…