Adam and Eve Rested, But Were They Ever Bored?: Discerment Exercise BY: Denis Haack Boredom is so common now-a-days that most of us tend to assume it has always plagued the human race. At least since the Fall. Not necessarily, says author James Gleick.
Banned in Christian Schools: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack A Christian school recently decided to develop a series of guidelines to help teachers in their selection of literature to be used in the classroom. The idea for the proposal arose when several parents objected to books their children had been assigned as homework.
Nanking (Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman, 2007) BY: Denis Haack Nanking is not an entertaining film, though well made and utterly enthralling. It reminds us that the brokenness that plagues Godís world is an evil that resides deep in the human heart.
Behind the Food We Eat BY: Karen Baldwin That brings me to what struck meómaybe there are too many people who donít know what superb, in-season produce tastes like; maybe those of us who live in this great, big country donít give a thought to our food except to want it quick, easy, and cheap.
A Very Lovely, Sad Longing BY: Denis Haack In the liner notes of her latest album, All I Intended to Be, Emmylou Harris writes that all she ever intended was to be ďa singer of songs, a writer of songs, and a strummer of a few chords, in search of the truth.Ē Iíd say sheís been faithful to that calling, and our lives are richer as a result.
The Reach and Limits of Efficiency: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack I prefer to do business with efficient institutions peopled by efficient staff, and I donít associate long lines, interminable waits, and inexplicable delays with efficiency. I tend to see efficiency as a good thing, as having a positive value.
Wearing Out on Purpose BY: Giles Slade Deliberate obsolescence in all its formsótechnological, psychological, or planned-is a uniquely American invention. Not only did we invent disposable products, ranging from diapers to cameras to contact lenses, but we invented the very concept of disposability itself, as a necessary precursor to our rejection of tradition and our promotion of progress and change.
Impatience in Prayer BY: Denis Haack God meets us unexpectedly, or so it seems to me. We were at Evensong, and I was looking forward to the homily, which was to be a reflection on a psalm of David. The order of service, however, interposed prayers of Godís people before that, and I found myself wishing Godís people had less to pray about.
Atonement (Joe Wright, 2008) BY: R. Greg Grooms ...doing away with the idea of evil doesn't make the problem of evil go away. It merely changes it from a philosophical problem to an existential one: if there is no Godóno one to make atonement toóand no real evilónothing to atone foróhow do we cope with the reality of evil?
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I donít much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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