Increasingly it seems the answer is no. That seems to be the answer I’m getting from talking to some of Evangelical kinfolk anyway. And, judging by the tea leaves I’m reading.. I don’t think they are alone.

Here’s an explanatory anecdote: When complimenting a cousin of mine on a view point that I found to be more moderate than his typical black and white responses he seemed appalled. Moderate? He said that he’s NOT a moderate, because that is closer to “Blue” (Democrats) and thus closer to Evil.

After the shock wore off I asked for some clarification in case…


One of the biggest things that keeps me from writing is all the rules.

I don’t mind breaking rules most of the time… but I don’t like conflict and I don’t like letting people down.

I’m ruled not by rules, but how I think others think of me.

“Ugh, what a mess.”
“This writing is an abomination.”
“I would read this, but he clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

And yet.. the best writers seem to make their own rules.

They play fast an’ loose with the English language or just dump a lot of it all together.
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We talk and think a lot about what we want from God.. and how upsetting it is when he doesn’t make the world how we want it.

But what about God? What does God want?

For the typical Christian this answer comes easily, but is also varied depending on what flavor of Christian you are talking to.

“God wants us to love Jesus”
“God wants us to be holy”
“God wants us to live with him forever”
“God wants us to love him and others”

But let’s start at the beginning.

Why create anything in the first place? What did…


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We talk and think a lot about what we want from God.. and how upsetting it is when he doesn’t make the world how we want it. I do anyway.

But what about God? What does God want?

For the typical Christian this answer comes too easily, but is also varied depending on what flavor of Christian you are talking to.

“God wants us to love Jesus”
“God wants us to be holy”
“God wants us to live with him forever”
“God wants us to love him and others”

But let’s start at the beginning.

Why create anything in the…


Sleeping Bee. I can’t remember where this came from..

I saw a picture of a honey bee sleeping in a flower the other day. Then a bunch of them (Do yourself a favor and Google ‘sleeping bee’). Apparently they can work so hard that they fall asleep on the job. It’s adorable: Their little pollen covered abdomen and legs hanging out of the flowers.

It reminds us of the incredible complexity, wonder, and beauty of the world. it can still surprise and delight us.

Bees have their own culture, language, and dances. They can recognize human faces and do advanced problem solving.. and we probably don’t even know the…


What's to keep a new Universe showing up in the middle of ours?

If the Universe ends in Heat Death and that's it.. there are some serious philosophical ramifications of that. I find it hard to believe that our Big Bang was a "one off", it has strong "something from nothing" problems that I find unpalatable.


I searched “quantum fish” and found this picture. Photo by Mika Brandt on Unsplash

So why try?

We are fish in a fish bowl and we can only really guess as to what’s on the outside.

How did the fishbowl get here? Why are there fish in a fishbowl?

Science: If you just wait long enough a fishbowl will appear. Eventually one will show up with fish in it. So, don’t be surprised that the fishbowl seems perfect for fish.

Religion: A bigger fish made the fishbowl and all the fish. He likes fish, well, except for the ones keeps tossing in the trash.

Most People: *shrugs* I wonder when my pizza will get…


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Millions of Christians have been killed by other Christians.

After reading the book Dominion by Tom Holland it's hard not recognize that the worst thing about Christians is their willingness to kill other Christians in the name of Christ. The book is whirlwind tour of Christendom which of course is littered with skeletons. I reminded my daughter who is also reading it that books like this (and nearly all historians) are focused on the drama, not the millions of lives who lived quietly and peacefully. That being said..

Soooo many skeletons.

It was better to burn at the stake than…


My daughter and I were admiring a small band/cluster/pile/ball/google? of baby spiders the other day.

We watched as many sat perfectly still and others were busy adding new little strands of web to their little nest like structure.

One long strand went up to a branch a foot or two away and ran down to the deck.

We both wondered why.

Who was the brave spider that led that building project and why? What was the thought process behind this? How did the micro-spider view its surroundings and make that bold decision?

I’ve done enough programming to know just how…


https://www.ipsos.com/sites/default/files/ct/news/documents/2021-05/Ipsos%20Reuters%20Topline%20Write%20up-%20The%20Big%20Lie%20-%2017%20May%20thru%2019%20May%202021.pdf

In my 126 hour listen of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire I’m looking for something I can anchor modern America too. There are similarities everywhere if you want to see them, but that doesn’t mean they are accurate. So, I’m looking for big themes.

One jumped out at me: A country is built on faith.

What is a dollar really worth? A paper dollar is a promise of value. It used to mean there was a piece of gold somewhere you could theoretically exchange it for. Now it just means the US wants you to…

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