Coming near the beginning of Matthew’s gospel and at the very end, two statements made by Jesus Christ share similarities, but are quite different in their import. Read More
Some people dislike living by rules. Laws cause them to chafe. They prefer to act by impulse.
Others like rules, but of their own making. Still others latch on to the first authority who will tell them what to believe and what rules to follow. Read More
James Clear mentioned today the 1977 copy-machine study, where social scientists experimented with people cutting in line at the copy machine. When they explained their action with the word “because,” permission jumped from 60 to 94 and 93 percent. The actual reason why didn’t matter, since in the second case the statement made no sense. But both “because” statements worked, for people like to have reasons for what they do. Read More
The request was reasonable, so much so that Jeremiah agreed to it. The words were perfect. The sentiment was exactly as it should have been.
But not all was as it seemed. Read More
In some stories about the death of disciples in the New Testament, there is crying and grief over the loss. But in the case of Ananiah, nothing like that is mentioned. Read More
You want simplicity? Or do you just think that you do? Read More
Losers don’t have much say when it comes deciding the terms of a treaty. Unconditional surrender means the losing side is at the complete mercy of the victor. Read More
Some fears are unreasonable, others have a basis in reality. King Jehosaphat of Judah had a reason to fear, since a powerful army was coming against him. Read More