Their jaws dropped. They stared at me with eyes wide open. Just like the time a few weeks ago when I told them that there will be sex in heaven. It's not unusual for us to have brain-bending and mind-blowing moments at God Questions, a weekly event of The Thinkery. This time, though, an audible, … Continue reading Jealousy is love
We've all done it. We've inspired a facepalm with a thinking malfunction. But there are ways to minimize facepalms (and worse). Follow these tips to keep your brain out of autopilot, and you'll see improvement in every area of life. Because thinking is kinda important. THINKING TIP 1 Make the effort. Arguably, the number one … Continue reading Five ways to sharpen your thinking skills
I love words and old stuff, so I listen to an old BBC radio program called My Word! Panelists are quizzed on words, literature, and the like. In one episode, they were quizzed on the word phrontistery, and the moderator said that it was like a thinkery. Instantly I knew that's the kind of place … Continue reading Is opening night of *Private Lives* history’s most compelling event?
What the world needs now ... people who freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of truth and respect people who value substance over trifles people who remember history’s evils and build on its virtues people who know what’s going on in the world today and understand what it means for tomorrow people who consider others … Continue reading What is The Thinkery?
"I am thrilled about Bill Cosby being convicted." That's just one of the many happy tweets I've seen the last couple of days. There's so much joy out there! Some are "in celebration", with one merrymaker attaching multiple tears-of-joy emojis to his tweet about the prospect of Bill Cosby dying in prison. Cosby was convicted on three … Continue reading What you think of Bill Cosby matters
#InsteadOfThoughtsAndPrayers is trending on Twitter right now. I'd like to offer an alternative: #InAdditionToThoughtsAndPrayers. Sure, it would max out my tweet character limit, but it would send a message. With all the suffering and tragedy in the world, thoughts and prayers are indeed not enough, so I get why many people are frustrated by the … Continue reading #Thoughts&Prayers
Do you have questions about God and spiritual matters? If you're in the Vancouver, Washington, area, you're invited to join us for this weekly informal gathering! I've read and studied the Bible for over thirty years, and I've taught the Bible for about twenty years. As the founder of The Thinkery — and with a background … Continue reading New event: God Questions
No, really, it's true. For a few weeks, I've been practicing daily intermittent fasting. I eat between 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and I fast between 7:00 PM and 1:00 PM. The most interesting and important result? It has made me mindful of eating. I am well past my thirties (please don't do the math), … Continue reading Lose weight by thinking
Have you seen the image that appears to show Emma González ripping up the U.S. Constitution? Do you know for a fact whether it's real or fake? If you hang around The Thinkery very long, you'll get the message that you should think for yourself. Thinking is a process that takes time and effort, so the intellectually … Continue reading Are you participating in fake news?
Everyone but a small handful of evil people agree that school shootings are horrific and that we should seek to stop them. The disagreement is about how we should seek to stop them. Yet, from the tone of much of the debate, you'd think we're not in agreement on the first point. This is not … Continue reading 99.9% agree about school shootings