Monthly Archives: March 2015


Hope, Desperation, and Hope

  First came the churches, then came the schools    Then came the lawyers, then came the rules Just in case you don’t recognize it, the quote above is from my favorite song Telegraph Road, by Dire Straits. It’s about hope.  And desperation.  And hope. Not unlike one of David’s psalms. Not unlike our lives.   At least, not unlike mine.   If you don’t know the song, or haven’t heard the live version from the Money for Nothing CD, here’s a YouTube link.  This version is awesome.  The instruments sound great.  But it’s the emotion in Mark Knopfler’s voice on this one that really gets to you.  You can feel the pain. Hope A long time ago came a man on a track Walking thirty miles with a sack on his back And he put down his load where he thought it was the best Don’t we all do that? Put down our load where we think it’s the best. We have such high hopes.  We have an expectation of good things to come. But then And the other travelers came walking down the track And they never went further, and they never went back other people come along. And they like it […]


All you get from love is …

  All you get from love is … There’s a conflict here.  Can you see it? Hint – look at the title of this post – and look at the graphic. One seems to be hopeless.  The other full of hope. So how can both be true? First of all, do you recognize where the title comes from?  While there’s probably multiple correct answers, I’m getting it from a song by The Carpenters –  All you get from love is a love song The words to the song are even more depressing.  For instance – It’s such a dirty old shame when you got to Take the blame for a love song Because the best love songs are written With a broken heart And that’s why there’s actually no conflict. The issue maybe comes down to Luke 14:25-27 – The Cost of Being a Disciple Lk 14:25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow […]


The problem of inerrancy

  Someone asked a while back on one of the posts if I believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. The implication was that no reasonable person could possibly believe such a thing.  After all – who could possibly believe that the earth was created in six literal days? Or that people walked with dinosaurs?  My answer would be something along the lines of – exactly where does the Bible say either of those things?  In fact – it doesn’t. The problem isn’t errors in the Bible – the problem is errors in people’s interpretation of the Bible.  If someone wants the Bible to say something – they’ll find a way to make that happen.  It’s human nature to do things like that.  And it’s not just with the Bible.   Look at statistics.  Having taken a few graduate level statistics courses and programmed several statistical analysis models – including for a motion picture studio and a US Navy contractor – I think I have a bit of a background to confirm an old saying – there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.  While they are purely mathematical in nature – they say what they say – the way people […]


Can the God of Islam take care of Himself?

 We saw earlier in the Qur’an where it says God can take care of Himself. It shows up again in Sura 73. But again – it’s abrogated.  This really begs the question – does Islam truly believe that their God can take care of Himself – or does He need people to do it for Him? Here are the relevant verses from Sura 73 – [73:10] And remain steadfast in the face of their utterances, and disregard them in a nice manner. [73:11] And let Me deal with the rejectors, who have been generously blessed; just give them a little time. [73:12] We have severe punishments, and Hell. [73:13] Food that can hardly be swallowed, and painful retribution. [73:14] The day will come when the earth and the mountains will quake, and the mountains will turn into a weightless pile. As you can see – verses 10 and 11 – the ones that tell believers to be steadfast and patient – and that God will take care of Himself – have been stricken.  They are replaced with – [9:5] Once the Sacred Months are past, (and they refuse to make peace) you may kill the idol worshipers when you encounter […]