What I Mean by “Faith”

“Are you religious?” is a question I am often asked, and one that I ask others, too. It would seem that this question has always contained significant signalling power. It is in a sense a way of ask “are you like me? do we have common ground to discuss certain topics, or would a discussion […]

And the Word Became Flesh

“In the beginning there was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD, and then the WORD became flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” Words are pure information. They are abstract representations of concepts which signify something meaningful to us that permit us to communicate, not […]

The True Friend

The time I spend explaining Struggling to justify myself To win approval from friends Who want to display me on their shelf, What waste, what squander Of precious health and time On shallow acquaintances who Would deny me at mere rumor of crime. ‘Tis sweet the rare encounter Of soul with soul when “All is […]

Discernment and Risk-Taking

Genius: to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things. –Ambrose Bierce Most people go through life with varying degrees of flippancy, though flippancy does tend to recede as part of the aging process, through experience. But even as people agonize over the choices in their […]