Roe: The View From Here

What a week! — A week of divisions, a week of celebrations, a week of cautions, a week of squealing and protesting… I don’t always comment on current events, especially in the heat of the moment; I prefer to let them sit for a minute. Still, I understand some of the implications of Roe VContinue reading “Roe: The View From Here”

Taking Stock (Literally)

Every few years I get curious about the origins of things in my home. I’ve taken stock and made a list at least twice before, but it’s been a few years. The global Silk Road is no joke. How quickly our standards of living, necessities and luxuries, can disappear into thin air is also noContinue reading “Taking Stock (Literally)”

News Real Reel

He who answers before he hears [the facts]— It is folly and shame to him. Proverbs 18:13 Most news should be rebranded as social commentary rather than news. I used to watch the news when it was more news than commentary. I still recognize it on occasion: I try to listen, my mind wanders, andContinue reading “News Real Reel”

THE RELIGION OF HYPOCRISY

Don’t get me wrong, it’s always been here – Between my ears – In your heart – Before our eyes… I walked out of the theater the first time I saw The Lord of the Rings because it felt so dark, yet Edgar Allen Poe was my favorite author… I walked out on contemporary ChristianContinue reading “THE RELIGION OF HYPOCRISY”

Faith in God or Man?

[Sermon given by Devin Jump on January 2nd, 2022.] What do the miracles of Jesus, a government program known as “Project Sunshine”, and dinosaurs have in common? Turns out, it may be more faith than science… The main point that I’d like to make today is about where we choose to place our faith, evenContinue reading “Faith in God or Man?”

Talents & Skills

“Mom, what are my talents?” My face must have flashed through sixteen contortions before landing, frozen, back in foundling traumas of insecurity. If I never head the word ‘talents’ again, I wouldn’t be disappointed; I might even sweat less. “Talents?” I asked, trying to bide my time to give answer. “Is it singing?” she asked,Continue reading “Talents & Skills”

The Original Misinformation Campaign

And, while I find blatant misinformation hard to accept from the Justices of the Supreme Court (sound bytes available to prove it) this week, the truth is, we’ve all been there — taking an irresistibly delicious sound byte, blacking out with excitement, seeing red in bloody retribution or rightness, and running with it to share…

What Boast.

Boasting comes as naturally to human flesh as mold comes to spoiled food — and twice as fast. Boasting comes in many forms, doesn’t it… There are the earthy boasts of our pride in living, which amount to little more than vanity of person, figure (appearance), accumulation, or reputation; our pride in perceiving life’s lessons,Continue reading “What Boast.”

Systemic Illusions & Social Purification

For the organized, institutional, lawful, and justice systems, have been proposed the autonomous (zones), mob-rule, vigilante justice, reparations, and lawlessness (defunding police). Are these good solutions? And what ‘problem’ do they really highlight?