Self-indulgent glamour weddings have gotten so expensive, this woman went broke just from attending them

My sympathy for her goes only so far. You can tell your friends no when they ask something of you that you don’t have the means to give. Or you can get less vain friends. But I do have some sympathy because I can see how this would start as something whose impact would seem … Continue reading Self-indulgent glamour weddings have gotten so expensive, this woman went broke just from attending them

Answering the atheist’s attack on a prayerful plane crash survivor: ‘You think God loves you more than Jennifer Riordan?’

The would-be plane crash is the doctrinaire atheist’s favorite example of the implausibility of God’s goodness. And it’s unfalsifiable. It usually goes something like this: If the plane doesn’t crash, and people thank God for saving them, what about the people on the plane that did crash? Weren’t some of them praying? That must mean … Continue reading Answering the atheist’s attack on a prayerful plane crash survivor: ‘You think God loves you more than Jennifer Riordan?’

Apparently this person exists, is called ‘she’, has HIV and is an entertainer of some note

If you’ve never heard of Conchita Wurst, I’m sorry to take that happy fact away from you. I can be a real jerk like that. But sometimes I think that we as humans have a duty to tackle basic questions such as: What on Earth is this? If you watched that, I know, you’re mad … Continue reading Apparently this person exists, is called ‘she’, has HIV and is an entertainer of some note

‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ now says he didn’t, and is suing over the exploitation of his name

Some of you get mad at me about this, but I have to be honest about what I believe: I believe in Heaven. I believe in eternity. I believe everything Jesus and the writers of Scripture told us will come to pass. In a soon-coming piece I’ll be more detailed about how I read what … Continue reading ‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ now says he didn’t, and is suing over the exploitation of his name

Why do nonbelievers insist on sending you ‘healing vibes’? Because they believe more than they want to admit . . .

I’m sure you’ve seen this. I see it just about every day on social media. Someone is open about a health issue they’re dealing with. They may or may not ask people to pray, but they at least tell you what’s going on. Some people reply by telling the person they are praying, as you … Continue reading Why do nonbelievers insist on sending you ‘healing vibes’? Because they believe more than they want to admit . . .

Three die from ‘synthetic weed’ laced with rat poison, and I’m having a hard time seeing them as victims

You never want anyone to die. Of course. It’s a life lost and it’s a tragedy. It grieves God, so it must grieve me, or I won’t be aligned with Him. At the same time, how can you escape the obvious lesson from this? If you’re not screwing around with mind-altering chemicals as your chosen … Continue reading Three die from ‘synthetic weed’ laced with rat poison, and I’m having a hard time seeing them as victims

The claim that Pope Francis said there is no hell is completely without credibility

I am not here to defend Pope Francis generally – neither on his frequent head-scratching public statements (I’ve been a critic multiple times, including here and here) nor on the general notion of papal authority, which I have not accepted for more than 30 years. But as far as I can see, there is no … Continue reading The claim that Pope Francis said there is no hell is completely without credibility

The Mets promoted Tim Tebow to Double A; maybe you’d like to see his first at-bat at that level

Remember, this is a guy who was scorned by baseball writers for making a complete mockery of the game just by trying to play it. He was too old, they said, clearly not good enough, and taking up a spot that could be given to a more deserving prospect. Hmm. Why heap such scorn on … Continue reading The Mets promoted Tim Tebow to Double A; maybe you’d like to see his first at-bat at that level

Surgeon General: Maybe the public should carry nalaxone in case someone overdoses on heroin

I think he’s mainly talking about the friends and family of opioid addicts, but then, that’s pretty much everyone, isn’t it? Nalaxone is basically an antidote for an opioid overdose. You may have heard it referred to by one of the two primary brands of the drug – Narcan or Evzio. It’s common for police … Continue reading Surgeon General: Maybe the public should carry nalaxone in case someone overdoses on heroin

When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear. Though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me. – Psalm 27:2-6