Ok, I (Sort of) Give Up

I read a lot about news and politics, probably way too much. Because there are diminishing returns that go along with being aware of problems that you can’t do anything about. It’s good to know that problems exist, in general, because it helps you to grasp what kind of world you’re living in. It helps you to understand reality. And when repercussions More …

“Mad Max” and the Redefinition of “Great”

The 2016 Oscar nominations were announced recently. It’s an announcement I used to look forward to with great anticipation, but I barely notice anymore. Judging be recent ratings of the Oscar awards ceremony, I think a lot of people feel the same. Of the eight Best Picture nominees (five nominees aren’t enough anymore because there are sooooo many GREAT pictures More …

The Billion Names of Powerball

The Powerball jackpot is now up in imaginary number territory — $1.6 billion. And according to early reports, there appear to be three winning tickets in California, Tennessee, and Florida. Whenever lottery payouts get crazy high there’s always a flurry of news stories about it. All the local Stop’N’Gulps are swarmed by reporters interviewing the hopeful ticket buyers, and we engage More …

“Walmart is a Holy Land”

A beautiful story of one family that decided give away blessings to strangers at Walmart for Christmas. Go on. Read it and have yourself a good cry. We bought several Walmart gift cards with funds we would have used to buy our gifts for one another and our kids. Then our daughter and daughter-in-law (who is pregnant with twins, our More …

Some Videos for Your Thinkbox to Get the Year Started Off Right

Here are a few videos to get 2016 rolling in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way. First up is William F. Buckley and Malcom Muggeridge discussing faith and doubt: Next, the Stand to Reason blog asks the question that nags at all believers from time to time, “How do I know if that inner voice is God speaking to me, or just me?”: More …