Last year, I took my boys, who are now 9 and 11, camping for a few days in the woods.
On the first night — as the campfire embers were nearly out — the boys and I sat huddled together for warmth and company.
When you’re out in the woods at night, it...
In 1687 Sir Isaac Newton wrote that for every action, there is an equal and an opposite reaction.
That when something increases, something else must decrease.
We might know this better as Newton’s Third Law of Relativity.
But Newton’s law tends to fi...
How do we make God known?
It’s not our first question tonight, but let’s keep it in mind as we work through our reading and message this evening.
The answer might seem apparent:
We make God known by practicing good.
But the question we really should consi...
One of my favorite books in the last decade or so was written by a man named Daniel Qiunn,
and the book’s title is “Ishmael.”
In it, the character of Ishmael is an overly evolved ape who can communicate and have deep intellectual conversations with...
Growing up, I had always hated that phrase “…if you know what’s good for you.”
“You’ll eat your broccoli, if you know what’s good for you.”
“You’ll lean your room, if you know what’s good for you.”
“You’ll do your homework, if you know what’s...
You may or may not know this about John Wesley, the founder of Methodism:
John Wesley grew up dirt poor.
His own father was an Anglican priest, but in one of the poorest parishes, and therefore, it wasn’t unusual for the Wesleys to go without.
You may be surprised to know that one of my favorite theorists comes not from the field of Theology, but from the field of Communications.
In 2000, Neil Postman wrote Building a Bridge to the 18th Century.
In it, he questions why we do what we do —...
Have you ever had to say something really hard to someone? To a friend or family member? I think of things like writing a Dear John letter or telling someone they’re fired. Or how hard would it be to be that person who knocks on the door of a m...