Lapsed

The worst thing about waking up from a coma, I think, would be finding out how much you missed. There’d be this block of time – days, weeks, months – that didn’t exist, like pages torn out of a book, and as thoroughly as people describe what you missed, it’d be a poor substitute […]

Stop

Stop.

Give up. Let go. Cut it out. Go limp. All are valid translations of the Hebrew word raphah, which begins Psalm 46:10. It’s a well-known verse, but I think it’s been misunderstood. The ESV translates it, “Be still, and know that I am God.” If you wanted, you could translate it, “lose heart.”

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Identity

Sometime recently, I managed to forget who I am.

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Slavery

We are all slaves.

Slavery is, apparently, essential to the way we work. We must be enslaved to something: we must obey something. Something must be our driving force and end goal. We must have something to adhere to, to follow, to be our identity and our touchstone. We must belong to something.

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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. […]

Every Morning

One of my favorite Bible passages goes like this:

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV)

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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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Picky

There are a lot of people who object to my God because of the rules. Well, they generally object to any God who lays down rules. Rules more specific than, say, “treat each other with respect and don’t hurt anyone without cause.” They see this life I live, and how I abstain from […]

Do you know what I know?

I have a soft spot for the movie Cars. I know that when people rank Pixar movies, it generally ends up on the bottom; although, given that this is Pixar we’re talking about, their worst movie is still better than 90% of what’s out there. I like the plot, and I like the […]