A new kind of happiness

This article tugs at the knotted question: do believers have access to more happiness than non-believers do? The following trail of if-then statements led me toward a deeper understanding.   If there is no law, there is no sin. If there is no sin, there is no righteousness. And if there [is] no righteousness there… Continue reading A new kind of happiness

Should I live for today or for heaven?

I cringe when I hear people say that Christians never truly embrace life and only endure it. They say believers care too much for the hereafter to bother with the here and now. Friedrich Nietzche once wrote that “Christianity was from the beginning life's nausea and disgust with life, merely concealed behind, masked by, dressed… Continue reading Should I live for today or for heaven?

Distraction and the forbidden fruit

When Eve noticed that the forbidden fruit was pleasing to eye and able to make her wise, she plucked it, ate it, and then shared some with Adam. She was the first to be drawn in by the enticements of the serpent and a world that continues to charm and divert us. Compared with all… Continue reading Distraction and the forbidden fruit

Taking advantage of meekness

Have you ever glanced in your rearview mirror on the freeway and found it filled by a tailgater? Maybe driving an oversized truck, shaking his fist at you, weaving back and forth and flashing his lights– all to get you to move out of his way? How would you respond to someone acting like this?… Continue reading Taking advantage of meekness

Why experiments are preferable to goals

We are taught that the relentless pursuit of big hairy audacious goals is a path toward a meaningful life… but is it really? For every Oprah, there are a million who never take a step toward their goals, who are derailed somewhere along the way or who persist but sadly never reached the finish line.… Continue reading Why experiments are preferable to goals

A critique of ambition

Every time I hear a professional football coach or player talk about an upcoming season, I hear him say that his greatest ambition is to win the Super Bowl. A player named Russ Grimm once said, “I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl.” Of the 32 professional teams, only one can… Continue reading A critique of ambition

‘Us and them’ for the religious

People are apparently hardwired to look at the world in terms of us and them – the lovable in-group and the despicable out-group (My five-year-old daughter would call them “distinkable”). We naturally prefer and trust members of the in-group and are wary of and more likely to discriminate against the out-group. The circles including and… Continue reading ‘Us and them’ for the religious