I started singing Christmas music in September this year. Normally, I'm a one-holiday-at-a-time gal, which means that I start celebrating Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving. This year, I joined a community choir. We started rehearsing in September, and I embraced the excuse to start singing Christmas songs. We gotta practice, y'all! Besides Christmas, I … Continue reading The best Christmas lyric
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutely … Continue reading How not to feel like an idiot in 2018
The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that? This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw a reasonable conclusion, or make a … Continue reading Ford vs. Kavanaugh
"It is time for us, whatever our religious beliefs, to see the Sabbatarian laws of old not as backward and pharisaical, but rather as the liberatory statements they were meant to be." That wise recommendation is taken from the article "Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’" by William R Black, historian … Continue reading How to get guilt-free rest
I am shocked and saddened by what is being reported about Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church. For many years, Hybels was the church leader I respected and learned from the most. I've visited Willow Creek, attended and taught some of their courses, and absorbed and applied many books, sermons, and leadership talks by … Continue reading Bill Hybels could leave a different kind of legacy
Formless and void is the fledgling world; then darkness turns to light. Holiness speaks, and all things good dutifully come to life. Now Holiness bends and reaches down, the pinnacle of His plan. A handful of dust and holy breath mingle to form a man. A son of God — Creation Creator becomes creation, and … Continue reading Sons of God
Did you watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when you were a kid? I watched it a bit, but now I wished I had watched it more. I say that, now that I know more about Fred Rogers. We watched the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? at a recent meetup with The Thinkery in Vancouver. We all were … Continue reading What did Mr. Rogers think about?
What do you hold dear? Really, I'm just asking you what you believe. Have I mentioned that I love words? Today's word is belief, which is derived from the German word glauben, meaning to hold dear, love. A lot of emotion is tied up in belief, but faith without thought isn't faith worth writing home about. Faith … Continue reading Think about your faith: Question 1
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." — William James — If you take only one course in your lifetime, make it Critical Thinking Basics at The Thinkery. You will develop the fundamental skills of statement classification, research, analysis, and argument. You'll find that these skills are tools for better … Continue reading Master the art of thinking
"How much coffee can I get for 57 cents?" My table was within eavesdropping distance of the cafe's counter. The scene was Coffee Revolution in Vancouver, WA, where The Thinkery meets weekly for God Questions. As I bustled around while my tea was steeping, readying my table for the group that was about to arrive, I overheard … Continue reading Just $1 for all that?!