Message Bearing Marching Bands

High school marching band shows reflect our priorities and our insanities. How can they help make us better? Ours is a marching band family – three of our five children have been in marching bands at the high school and/our college level. Of the other two, one was in orchestra and one will be in… Read More Message Bearing Marching Bands

Calendars of the Ancient Near East

Access ancient Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Roman calendars to better understand the Bible The two primary parameters that shape human thinking, regardless of culture, antiquity, or language, are space and time…spacetime for the physicists among us. It is difficult to understand any communication without a common understanding of these parameters. Such simple phrases as “See… Read More Calendars of the Ancient Near East

How to Do No Harm

How leaders can minimize harm in health care, in other industries, and in all areas of life. “How can we change this process to prevent this error from happening again?” the senior ward nurse asked the group. It is a common question, one that I have heard thousands of times from experienced and dedicated health… Read More How to Do No Harm

The Christian Community in Society

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever” opined the famous French general and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. American society today seems to have taken him at his word. We are told to dream big, take chances, and make our mark on the world. To be remembered in posterity, “write something worth reading or do something worth… Read More The Christian Community in Society

Communion on the Moon

The first food and drink ever consumed on the moon was bread and wine in a Christian communion No matter the opposition, the testimony of the Lord will not be denied. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins on Apollo 11 on 20 July 1969. He was the second human to walk… Read More Communion on the Moon

Never Enough

Why is nothing in this life ever enough? James Bond tells us that the world is not enough. Billionaire John D. Rockefeller is reputed to have said “Just a little bit more” when asked how much money was enough. While King of England, Henry VIII created a new church, the Anglicans, and made himself the… Read More Never Enough

As We Think

Directing our emotions, our thoughts, our words, and our actions…to be who we were created to be. The Economist is no fan of Donald Trump. The October 27 to November 2, 2018 issue featured a column by the editor Lexington describing the foreign policy failures and successes of the President. It was accompanied by the… Read More As We Think

Normal Times in Life?

An examination of the dangers of trying to identify the “normal”, which often means “the best”, time in life Imagine a conversation between a middle-aged husband and wife: “Our family hasn’t been normal since our oldest daughter left for college in the fall of 2012.” “No, things stopped being normal when our son developed epilepsy… Read More Normal Times in Life?