Blessed Affluence – A Devotional Reflection on Giving

Tweet The following is one in a series of devotionals reprised from Morning Manna, a daily email devotional I wrote from 2000 – 2005. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2000 BLESSED AFFLUENCE I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, […]

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A Handmaid’s Tale: Looking into the “Martha Syndrome”

Tweet Confession: This has nothing to do with the sordid tale of the popular book or mini-series by this name, as the subtitle of the article surely reveals. Instead, I use “handmaid” as it was commonly used in Bible times – as that of a female servant. Moreover, I use it the way traditional writers used “man” […]

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Trigger warnings, safe spaces, and middle-age orneriness

Tweet Dear College/University Student, Please forgive me if I don’t understand your need for Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces. Forgive me not understanding how vital it is to your mental health and wellbeing to be sheltered from all adversity and opposing ideas. Let me explain where I am coming from and maybe, if in your […]

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The Dance of the Insane – or – The Direction of the Informed?

Tweet And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~Friedrich Nietzsche I was in the house alone, except for my English Setters, Huck and Finn. I was lustily singing a Willie Nelson song to the plaintiff guitar strumming in my head. The dogs couldn’t […]

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It’s the Journey, Man! or, Welcome to Walley World, now go home

Tweet One of my favorite Hollywood comedies is National Lampoon’s Vacation. I love it because it is such an accurate caricature of life in the American family and because most of us who have been around a minute can identify with the characters and their misfortunes. There is this epic journey to Walley World, with mishap […]

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