The Faces of War

“Older men start wars, but younger men fight them.” ~ Albert Einstein  “Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.” ~ Herbert Hoover War is Not a Crime Wars are waged by old men but fought by the young is the reality of warfare. Ernest Hemingway was young and…

A Debt We Cannot Pay 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses…

Angels Unawares

Who are you Entertaining? “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous…

Lying Down with the Dogs

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” This verse is often employed by biblically illiterate people as a rebuttal when immoral sexual behavior is identified as sin. This verse is rarely employed when other moral failures described in the bible are “judged.” The passage containing the words “Judge not that ye be not judged” originates…

The Darkness Behind Laughter

How are you? …no, really? We greet family, friends, and strangers with what we hope are rhetorical questions. "How are you? How’s your day going?" These type of questions are asked by many people not expecting an honest response but an answer that is equally non-responsive to the motivation why the question was asked. "How…

Hardened Hearts and Broken Spirits

Sticks and Stones One of the first life lessons children learn as they are developing relationships is that not everyone is your friend. Children have been comforted and instructed by loving adults how to approach hurtful people with these words, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This adage…

Doubts and Fears of the Faithful

No Shoes “I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet…” is an aphorism or a short phrase that says something is true or wise that is used to counsel people in trouble in order to place their personal situation into a larger understanding. The origin of this aphorism…

Broken Lives

Shattered Many people live their lives in the shadow of failure. The scars and memories of failures of the past haunt and cloud the present and future as they call to you from the darkness of the past. Many seek counseling, drugs and dangerous relationships attempting to put an end to the pain and trouble…

Benevolence Can Be a Dirty Business

All the Lonely People The lyrics of a song observes the broken and damaged lives and poses this question, “All the lonely people Where do they all come from?  All the lonely people  Where do they all belong?" When people who are broken and are in need cross your path, do you advert your eyes…