Stupid Makes You Humble

    On a recent morning beach walk in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, I came across the fresh marks of a sea turtle which had, overnight, come up the beach to create a nesting area for her eggs. It was the most odd, meandering route I’d ever seen a turtle leave, as if the turtle …

I Humbly Admit That You’re Wrong

  Scott Adam’s Dilbert cartoons are brilliantly funny because they’re so true to life. In a February, 2013 cartoon, he offered this classic exchange between an employee and the Pointy-Haired Boss: Employee: “The CEO of Apple says we should admit when we are wrong. That won’t work for me because I’m never wrong. The best …

The One Time You’re Always Right

  The act was brutally evil. Drunk and high, Rusty Woomer and a friend went on a terrible rampage. As part of multiple robberies and murders, they raped and killed a convenience store clerk, Della Summers. Her murder landed Rusty on South Carolina’s death row, where he languished, zombie-like, in a filthy, roach-infested cell. A …

When God Agrees With You on Everything

  Repent. This is a word we don’t use very often. Yet it was one of the first instructions Jesus ever gave. From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17 So, what does it mean to repent? It means to change your thinking and …

Of Course Parents Are Screwy

  Two years ago, my oldest son, Roger, graced my Father’s Day with a lengthy email detailing specific events where I had blessed him. He recalled one of our U-Haul trips: “I think one of my earliest memories of us together was in the moving truck as we headed north. You probably gave me some …

Monsters Like Me

  The blogger I was reading was blunt: “Someone needs to put a baseball bat up this punk’s ass.” Other online commenters talked about the “little shit.” So who is the punk? On January 28, 2015, on the University of Stanford campus, two Swedish international students discovered a man assaulting a woman who appeared to …

America’s Most Dangerous Person

  In 2009, the Sydney Opera and the Ethics Centre co-founded an annual event, “The Festival of Dangerous Ideas,” which would continue on until 2016. The goal was to bring people together to discuss and debate important issues. Below is a listing of some of the ideas that were “presented” over the years. Religion poisons …

The Perfect Church

  Jesus once said: “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20, NIV) Cue the strumming of harps. Jesus’ words are a beautiful reality, but here is another reality. Where two or three gather in Jesus’ name, they are still partly wrong. When partly wrong people gather together …

What Sodom Got Wrong

  “At least I’m not an axe-murderer.”  This is a colorful way of saying, “I’ve got issues, but not like others do,” or “Sure, I’m wrong on some things–small things–but I’m not wrong on the big things. I struggle with sin, but not with the serious stuff.”  This thinking is founded on one critical assumption: …

I Have Nothing to Learn from You

  I love to read. I can’t remember when I didn’t. Mom and Dad would tuck me into bed as a kid, but after they left, I would sneak out a flashlight so I could finish reading a book. A granddaughter of mine does the same (don’t tell her parents), and I could not be …