Life on a Loop

One of the features of digital devices that play music and/or video is the ability to play a list “on a loop”.  That is to say, that whatever program or music list you are playing can be set to play over and over again without further attention. The device will play through the list, then …

How’s Your Hearing?

I can remember exactly when I became concerned about my hearing. It was when a constant ringing in my ears manifested itself.  It was the night me and my family got back from our second California vacation in 2003. In 2001 and again in 2003 (when Evan was a student at Master’s) the family drove …

Quid Pro Quo

It is a natural predilection for people to feel that it is only fair and just that good be returned in kind.  That is to say, we feel that it is only right when we do a kindness to someone, they will in turn do a kindness to us.  If we lend a neighbor a …

Having to Wait

This is hard.  The waiting. The uncertainty.  The disappointments. The varying opinions. The isolation. The anxiety.  The disheartening restrictions.  This is not how we are used to living.  In a place like China, they can shut you down and nobody grumbles (at least not publicly).  In an authoritarian society you are accustomed to the government …

Wings Like a Dove

Have you about had it with all this novel coronavirus?  Our lives have been co-opted for over two months now and there really is no end in sight.  The ramifications of this pandemic are going to echo far into the future.  We just do not know how far.  Yet, we’re fed up with it already. …

Experts

“An expert is a former drip…under pressure” - Author unknown John Linkner, tech entrepreneur and author, recently wrote a guest column for the business section of the Detroit Free Press.  In it he was speaking of redefining terms like “entrepreneur”, “innovation”, and “qualified” in order to re-imagine your future.  One word he targeted for redefinition …

At a Distance

Each epoch, era, and significant world event develops its own nomenclature.  That is to say that things get named, identified, and become the ways of speaking in the context of things like science, history, art, etc.  But world events also develop their own nomenclature.  For example, what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder was called …

So Many…

"So many dead bodies! They are thrown everywhere!" - Amos the Prophet I read the Detroit News every day.  I feel it is part of my preparation for ministry.  A minister of the gospel needs to understand the times in which he lives.  He needs to know the issues of the day, the movements of …