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Create Dissonance

A few things stuck with me from the general education classes I took in college. One of these was the idea of “cognitive dissonance.” In psychology, this is the idea of having two  inconsistent thoughts, neither of which you want to give up. Having these contradictory ideas in your head at the same time causesContinue reading “Create Dissonance”

Learn to Fall

“In other words,” [Bree] continued, “you can’t ride. That’s a drawback. I’ll have to teach you as we go along. If you can’t ride, can you fall?” “I suppose anyone can fall,” said Shasta.“I mean can you fall and get up again without crying and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid ofContinue reading “Learn to Fall”

Good Enough

I’m going to say something controversial. When we do things, especially things in furtherance of the gospel, I think often we should settle with “good enough.” What do I mean? You haven’t prepared enough for a Bible study you are invited to lead? Lead it anyway. You are not super well versed on all theContinue reading “Good Enough”

Our Business is People

You can’t measure how well or poorly you are doing something unless you have some sort of metric. Are you a good bricklayer? There is a few ways to measure that. Number of bricks laid, how strong the structure is, how honest your prices are, how well your clients like you. But here is theContinue reading “Our Business is People”

Poem: John’s Faults

In honor of Father’s day, I’m posting a poem that I wrote about my son John when he was only 2 months old. A lot has changed; unfortunately that change has been more drastic in him than in me. John’s Faults John, You’re a baby, and I love how you play and cooBut I admit,Continue reading “Poem: John’s Faults”

Racism and Bargain-Bin Philosophy

The best explanation that I’ve ever read of how philosophy affects our everyday life was written by author Rachel Jankovich. She writes, “Worldly philosophers and thinkers have always been something like the high-fashion designers who live in a sort of alternative reality. They make unbelievably stupid outfits for unbelievably tall and harsh looking people withContinue reading “Racism and Bargain-Bin Philosophy”

When Your Ears Itch

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when peopleContinue reading “When Your Ears Itch”


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