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We are capable of a lot. We’re born with talents and develop skills and strengths. “You can do anything you set your mind to” is mostly true. The human race got as far as the moon with no computers as sophisticated as the average pocket calculator. Patience, time, and sheer determination are all it takes […]

Speechless

I haven’t written much lately, because I haven’t had much to say.

The reason I haven’t had much to say isn’t that not much has happened, but rather, too much.

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All-terrain

It’s easy to stand on a mountaintop and praise God. Not that there aren’t people who, upon reaching a mountaintop, decide to praise themselves instead.

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Lose it

Christopher Hitchens was afraid to die. Not of being dead, or maybe he was and I don’t know it, but Doug Wilson at Christianity Today shared something interesting when he wrote about Hitchens last week. Wilson’s article is full of respect for Hitchens, and says some important things about the relationship between Christians and atheists. […]

Place of Knowledge

Knowledge doesn’t save us.

Praise God, because otherwise we would live in mortal fear of amnesia, and people who don’t test well wouldn’t have a prayer. Even geeks like me would suffer, because I’m as likely as anyone to get things wrong, or backwards, or leave something out entirely without realizing it.

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Chances

(Full disclosure: I was partially inspired by this post from Jon Acuff’s blog. I like that blog.)

Sometimes you have to take a chance.

When I was a kid, my dad took us to see comets. I can think of three: Halley’s Comet, Comet Hyakutake, and Comet Hale-Bopp. I remember the […]

Don’t Panic

“Don’t panic.”

I love that phrase. Most geeks do. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is full of quirky essays, rambly asides, and bits and pieces of razor-sharp insight. This is probably my favorite.

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Keeping faith

Recently I was reading a book, a memoir, written by a woman who had been raised conservative Christian and who is now (I think it’s fair to guess) a theist without being set on the particulars. She is highly educated, with a Ph.D, and like many people with higher education, she puts a […]

Divine Right

A lot of you are not going to agree with this. I’m not asking you to. I just had to get some thoughts out. They’re about government, and Christianity, and the origins of my beloved nation.

Is the United States really all that special to God? More special than other nations?

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Universal hymn

So this last week I finally saw Avatar. And afterwards, I was reading about the movie, and the audience reaction to it, and lo and behold some people had a rather unexpected response to it: they got depressed. The story goes that the CGI world of Pandora was so breathtakingly beautiful that in […]