Do We Choose God?

What’s on your mind? the Facebook prompt recently asked me. Wrote I, “Well, this is. And it relates to our resolving the seeming conundrum between free will and God’s election of His chosen ones. So here goes: To my satisfaction, the Bible is clear that we have a choice to make in coming to salvation. Likewise, God knew we would make that choice even before we were created. And, He…

The Spark to Wonder About Ordinary Things

“And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying…” (Lk 5:26a) [To be continued]. Outward life—with all its shapes and varieties of people and places and creatures and circumstances—has always interested me. It is a fine blessing to realize that all of life is a miracle and that the simple is meant to have the same effect on a man as the grand. The…

I Am Broccoli

The times I’ve talked with a dog owner and happened to ask about their dog, “Is that a boy or a girl?” I’ve never heard the reply, “Well, they haven’t decided yet.” Other things I’ve never heard from dog owners about their dogs are, “He’s a Libra” or “I think he’s left-handed.” But those aren’t our topics today. This is: Over the past several decades, an all-out assault on the…

Humility Becomes Me

My heavens, I aspire to a high brand of humility. However, every time I embellish my childhood athletic accomplishments—Captain of the defense, Suniland Sharks, age 12, thank you very much—into something more, I’m afraid I feed a lifelong pattern that is hard to break: to want others to think more highly of me than I know myself to be. Talk about pride issues. As a long-abiding fan of the Apollo…

Goodbye Humans

Such bad luck. We have this amazing planet where myriad creatures evolved for no particularly good reason out of nearly nothing. Until, unfortunately, we selfish human beings were the resultant beneficiaries of these blinded forces, all but ensuring the destruction of this otherwise paradise. Forgive the sarcasm, but I just heard a radio commentary about a self-proclaimed humanist who declared the world would be better off without mankind living here.…

I Hereby Don’t Resolve

There’s an expression I once heard—or maybe I made it up, I can’t recall—that goes: Resolutions are made to be broken because they rely on me. Prayers are made to be answered because they rely on God.  I suppose I’ve broken most New Years’ resolutions I ever made for one simple reason. My fickle will is why. I can wish for a change—say to finally become consistent at spending intimate…