Of old papyrus and modern politics …

Of old papyrus and modern politics …

Americans are not the only ones whose political scene involves multiple perspectives and turbo-charged spin machines ready to frame any event to the advantage of a particular point of view. Israel is a primary case in point. This past week, representatives in Paris at...
YouTube to the rescue

YouTube to the rescue

I am not a mechanic, and never wanted to be. There were years when I used to change the oil and do basic tuneups on my cars, but that was back when engines were less sophisticated and more accessible to non-professionals. I was also a poor young preacher at the time,...
A real game of “thrones” …

A real game of “thrones” …

Apparently, King Hezekiah meant business when he set out to do away with shrines devoted to gods other than Yahweh, the God of Israel. The historian behind 2 Kings 18:3-4a says that when Hezekiah became king, “He did what was right in the sight of the LORD just...
Infrequent urbanite

Infrequent urbanite

I’m a country boy turned small town guy turned suburbanite for the past 28 years, and I’m fortunate enough to get to visit some nice cities on occasion. I live just outside of Raleigh — recently named the best city in the Southeast — and I...
Planned obsolescence?

Planned obsolescence?

My old pair of Nikes must have come with an expiration date I didn’t see. I tend to wear my shoes until I wear them out, especially those we euphemistically call tennis or track shoes: I haven’t played tennis or run track in more than 40 years. On me,...