All was lost it seemed. Two men were engaged in thoughtful conversation as they headed home, walking down the road each carrying the burden of hopelessness. Their world had been crushed with the death of their teacher and mentor, someone who had turned their world upside down and given them a profound sense of renewal, perhaps even redemption. Now it was gone and the future looked bleak.
Maybe most of us have felt at one time or another the same gloomy sense of disheartenment, stemming from an unforeseen upheaval. Today’s concerns over politics and government, community relations, drug abuse, economy, and other highly-publicized issues can cause unwanted anxiety and lethargy. Or, maybe the worries are more personal in nature and solutions appear out of reach. What are the chances for recovery? Actually, they are good. Read more…
Ours is a world of immense complexity and confounding questions. Mankind’s devotion to science and to religion reveals our deep desire to make sense of it all.
Science and faith have revealed otherly realms normally unobservable to our physical senses. Both have uncovered universes we never knew existed. From the macro to the micro, our accumulated knowledge has yielded information and wisdom which have partially tamed the physical universe and freed us somewhat from the bonds of materiality.
“You will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” Jesus’ statement uttered over two millennia ago is the impulse for the theology he taught. It also happens to be the underpinning of all scientific enterprise. Revealing fundamental truth is the incentive of religion and scientific endeavor. The resulting discernment encourages freedom to express mastery over life’s perplexities.
Jesus’ life was divinely inspired. His service to God, love of mankind, and unrelenting reliance on an infinite wisdom he referred to as “my Father” is obvious and recorded in Scripture for the ages.
At the same time Jesus’ life was profoundly scientific. How so? Read more…
A tough year, stressful, full of fear and doubt. This is one person’s story , a deliberate response to all the uncertainty of the times…
A regular Joe was driving home to see his family after a hard day. He comes upon a beat-up, broken-down car along the side of the road. This average guy, named Jim, doesn’t hesitate to stop and see what help he can give to the stranger standing nearby.
The year was 1929. Life was difficult and the Great Depression was just underway. It was a desperate time when the daily grind for many revolved around one thing: looking for a way to stay alive. It was also a time, interestingly enough, when generosity abounded.
Love and its manifestations of giving, kindness, and compassion have long marked the best of human nature. Whatever impels someone to give of himself even when he has little to offer has pulled many individuals through difficult times.
Scientific investigation…Read more
Could things be anymore divided?
Protest, distrust, hatred, and violence scarred the year, but the President thoughtfully shared his impression: “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”
Abraham Lincoln’s gracious assessment of 1863 is immortalized in the opening line of his first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. And it offers insight into a healing response to this year’s unrest.
Over 150 years have passed since Lincoln’s establishment of an annual, national observance of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” In 1863 that day came just one week after the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg where Lincoln gave his celebrated two minute address. The War Between the States would go on for another year and a half.
What prompted Lincoln to articulate such a “healthful” outlook, where many saw only servitude to gloom and despair, was an intensified appreciation for blessings and their origin. Read more…
No trespassing. Keep out. Violators will be …
Constructing borders and defending them seems an irresistible proclivity manifested on many levels. From national boundaries to backyard fences and even personal space, there is a strong impulse to establish lines of demarcation that separate us from each other for the purpose of safeguarding. There are consequences.
Territorial violations make the news everyday: illegal border crossings, mass immigration, international as well as personal property disputes, to name a few. The walls built to keep some in and others out are not confined to physical structures, but also ideated ones, less obvious but just as formidable. Barriers such as distrust, prejudice, indifference and hatred can seem more impenetrable than a barbed wire fence.
On the other hand, an instinctive drive to associate and unite with others impels us to connect. It is an interesting dichotomy… Read more