Lost in a moral fog, Part 2

Back in the early Pleistocene era when I was a lad, road crews would mark out construction zones with bowling-ball sized canisters filled with kerosene and topped by a large wick. When lit with a match, they would burn all night long, warning motorists away from broken pavement.I grew up with ... Continue reading

Lost in a moral fog, Part 1

Capt. John Cota is a veteran pilot with years of experience guiding giant ships in and out of San Francisco Bay. On the morning of November 7 in dense fog, he was on the bridge of the 65,000 ton container ship Cosco Busan instructing the ship's captain and helmsman so they could safely navigate ... Continue reading

This vulnerable fortress

[T]hrow off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, ... Continue reading

Mistaken for gods

In Acts 14:8-18, Paul and Barnabas were in the city of Lystra preaching the Gospel when Paul heals a man who was crippled. The crowd was astonished and began to think they were in the presence of a couple of demi-gods. Pandemonium broke out. Grown men were falling to the ground in worship, animals ... Continue reading

When is lying justifiable?

Jeremy at Parableman has posted a very interesting essay, inspired by the 30th anniversary of President Nixon's resignation, on the subject of Lying.In this political season, we're hearing a lot about lying. Did President Bush lie about his motives for declaring war on Iraq? Did candidate Kerry ... Continue reading

My secret life

We need to see that universal sickness, that innumerable throng of men and women laden down with their secrets, laden down with their fears, their sufferings, their sorrows, their disappointments, and their guilt. We need to understand how tragically alone they find themselves. They may take part in ... Continue reading

Liar, liar, pants on fire

Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold the truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it. —Mark Twain Hi. My name is Charlie, and I'm a recovering liar. (Group: "Hi, Charlie.")I started out like everyone does, just telling ... Continue reading