Current Events

Current Events

Short Attention Spans

Last week, Sports Illustrated reported that the coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, Kliff Kingsbury, has decided to provide “cellphone breaks” during team meetings in order to help his players maintain their concentration and attention.  Kingsbury, who previously coached the Texas Tech football team, was noticing what could only be described as withdrawal symptoms…

The End of the World As We Know It

A favorite children’s story is “Chicken Little,” which is about a naïve fowl who has the proclivity to believe the end of the world has begun as the result of some rather mundane event (in many tellings of this fable, an acorn falling out of a tree and hitting her on the head).  Chicken Little begins to run to all her friends in order to warn them – quite hysterically –…

The UMC and the Moral Revolution

Ever since the United Methodist Church (UMC) was formed in 1968 by the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, the question of how the denomination should view homosexuality has been a recurring issue at each of their quadrennial General Conferences.  This conflict existed despite the fact that The Book of Discipline, the…

Rushing to Judgment

One of the aspects of our fallen human nature is the rush to judgment we often observe, an aspect that has been a part of us since the expulsion from the Garden.  Consider Cain’s murder of his brother (Gen. 4:1-8), brought on by a rush to judgment about why God chose Abel’s offering over his which resulted in his envy and rage.  What if Cain had asked God why…

Civility in a Post-Civil Age

No one can deny that over the past few years we have witnessed a significant decline in how people interact with those who disagree with them, whatever the topic.  When the topic in question happens to be one that the people involved are passionate about (politics, religion, or football), it can become heated in a hurry.  If you add the layer of social media, where those…