Influencer

Influencer

In one of my recent forays into the interwebs, I came across a young woman who, when asked what she “did,” called herself an “influencer.”  Like it is a job.  Like she gets paid to tell people to wear ballcaps sideways and call their friends “brah.” Hey, someone has to do it.  And clearly, someone…

Heart

No one is exactly sure when or why the “heart” shape we see so often, especially this time of year, came to represent love.  But one of the earliest depictions is found in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy.  The famed painter Giotto painted a series of frescoes in the chapel; one shows a female…

Hood

The word “hood” has come to be identified largely as shorthand for “neighborhood.”  It’s yet another example of African-American culture taking over the American lexicon.  Fair is fair.  If their ancestors had to endure 250 years of oppression on this continent, I can stand being ridiculed for saying “bro” when the everyone else has advanced…

Little things

Little things

Parents tend to judge their parenting based on “big things.” By “big things,” I mean major events and accomplishments — getting the child baptized, getting them through college, getting them married well, keeping them off drugs, etc. But it has been my experience that “little things,” daily spiritual maintenance and life guidance, tend very strongly to lead to the “big things.”

Whitewash

Israel is brown.  Really brown.  I haven’t been, but I’ve seen pictures.  And I’ve heard others talk of their experiences.  Paint just gets sandblasted off the buildings, more or less, so most locals don’t really make the effort anymore. That’s what makes the “whitewashed tombs” of Matthew 23:27 remarkable.  They can’t possibly stay white.  Coat…

Re-examining my approach

I have taken it upon myself lately to reexamine my approach to brethren who are wandering, indifferent or erring. It’s all fine and good to say we should have “the spirit of gentleness” (Galatians 6:1). But what does that actually look and sound like? How might I self-diagnose more effectively?

Buggies

Buggies

Some people always return shopping carts. (I suppose, after almost eight years in the Deep South, I should get used to calling them “buggies.”) Some never return them. And some return them occasionally, depending on circumstances. You probably didn’t need a university study to reach that conclusion. What was revealed in one such study, however, is surprising.

Building on rock

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on…