The movie begins five minutes from now, and the theater is 20 minutes away. I’m pacing by the front door. After looking at my watch, I rub my eyes with the palms of my hands. Then I look at my watch again. I call upstairs to my date, “Are you almost ready? It’s time to… Continue reading How the laws we make for ourselves make us miserable
We take the children out for ice cream at Baskin Robbins every once and again. On a couple of occasions, one of the younger kids chose a clown-flavor – something like cotton candy, pink bubblegum, or rainbow sherbet. I tried to convince her that she was making a mistake. “What about Oreo or Rocky Road?… Continue reading When life is charmed but unsatisfactory
During a summer evening in 1948, a woman worked quietly in a paddy near Fukui Japan. She was likely checking that the water levels were adequate for the growing rice. Suddenly, a magnitude seven earthquake shook the muddy ground. According to reports, soldiers witnessed a four-foot-wide fissure open at the woman’s feet. She grasped at… Continue reading What we are losing as a people
Why should anyone care what ‘happiness’ is? The word matters because so many of us have elevated it to an exalted state. We all seem to be chasing happiness, sharing it over social media when we have it, and then mourning its loss. If happiness is the whole aim and end of human existence,1 then… Continue reading Happiness hierarchies and why they matter
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
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?
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
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