nice God.1

God isn't as nice as I think I would often like Him to be. He isn't as nice as I think most people imagine Him to be. I suspect that many people mentally mold God into a shape that they can comfortably worship, or "celebrate," as is so popular in the 21st century. But when... Continue Reading →

49 yr eval

I'm ok with who I am. It has taken quite some time to get here, but I'm good with me. And as for the people who aren't, well, I don't really care. On the other hand, may they have ethics complaints filed against them. But not by me, because it's not worth my time. I've... Continue Reading →

Harar (africa6)

Had someone asked me before I left, I would have said this day trip would be the pinnacle of my journey to Africa. And even at the end of the evening on Wednesday, I would have said it was, but now, looking back, I know I would have been incorrect. Just as Elijah would have... Continue Reading →

tongues & tribes (africa4)

The Tuesday morning sunbeams illuminated a dusty street pressed by foot traffic mostly, with inhabitants going to and fro to gather the morning news and breakfast. I had eggs scrambled with jalapenos and tomatoes, with an orange drink, before I was picked up in a blue bajaj to roll through the bumpy streets to attend... Continue Reading →

let justice roll

So much. Misconduct. Bad behavior. Accusations. Ruined lives. Ruined careers. Battered victims. Lying "victims." Lying perpetrators. Battered "perpetrators." Allegations have been flying lately. I see myriads of people making a lot of assumptions that would strengthen their own political views if true, but I don't see that many people with a substantial set of facts... Continue Reading →

invisible (not all just a lie)

So. Some things cannot be seen by the naked eye. Some naked eyes choose not to see. Some others choose not to be seen. There's quite a vicious cycle in there somewhere. This is the root of politicians and pundits feeding the public "alternative facts," "fake news," and "revisionist history." When people choose not to... Continue Reading →

golden rules

"Do unto others as you would have them do to you." Jesus, Matthew 7:12 Most religions, cultures, or ethical algorithms have a form of what Christians call the Golden Rule. Hinduism says "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain of done to you." Mahabarata 5:1517 Islam claims... Continue Reading →

disillusion me

Disillusionment: a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be. So is it a good thing or a bad thing? I think it's healthy but no more fun than a shot in the buttocks for a ten year old. Children seem to enjoy their illusions:... Continue Reading →

Almost done with Force

(This is #10 in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 by clicking on the numbers. It's ok - they're short.) Last night I laid out my view that Christ never encouraged public prayer among nonbelievers. I have also explained that U.S. Christians have been doing so ever since the Puritans anchored here.... Continue Reading →

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