Monday afternoon, about 5 o’clock, I took Max for a walk to the mailbox. The temperature was in the low 60s, the humidity was low, the breeze was light. I stared up into the sky and saw endless blue, streaked with wisps of white. I remember feeling intensely aware of my surroundings — the weight…
I have not seen Bird Box, the Sandra Bullock film on Netflix everyone seems to be talking about. And maybe it’s just as well. Because there seems to be a trend of people trying to drive blindfolded. After all, Sandra Bullock did it. And she’s a movie star. Surely that makes it a sensible thing to do.
In heaven you will find holiness; in hell you will find wickedness and impurity (Revelation 22:14-15).
In heaven you will find those who obeyed the gospel; in hell you will find those who did not (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10).
In heaven you will find Jesus (John 14:3); in hell you will find the devil and his agents (2 Peter 2:4).
The scene is the lobby of Mark 16:16 Airlines. A worker stands behind the counter, smiling, waiting to assist someone. A man approaches.
Worker: Good morning! Welcome to Mark 16:16 Airlines. How can I be of assistance?
Customer: Yes, hello. I would like a ticket, please.
Worker: I would be glad to assist you. Would you like a ticket to heaven or to hell? We are proud to offer both.
American efforts at sex education are ridiculed by many for a strong emphasis on abstinence. “We know kids are going to have sex,” the argument goes, “so we should teach them a safer way.” Whether this curriculum “works” or not is irrelevant in my view, as it avoids the central issue. The problem is not kids getting pregnant or getting STDs; the problem is kids going to hell.
Why do women cheat on their husbands? Several of them “confessed” in one of those slideshow testimonial things I keep saying I’m not going to click on. Just say no to Facebook, Hal.
Anyway, the responses varied. I was in a bad marriage. He cheated first. I was lonely. I was confused. I was unappreciated. I was drunk. I was sick.
Here are some things I did not see.
The RMS Titanic was the largest ocean liner of its day. It was four times the size of the ships that set the standard when laws regarding lifeboats were written. So the company provided the legally required number of lifeboats when it set off on its maiden voyage in April 1914. There was room on the ship for more, and the company fully intended to supply the “extra” lifeboats when the law required it. But on that fateful day, they knowingly (and legally) set off for New York with one-fourth the lifeboats they knew they needed.