Piling wood.

If we were to look at the Old Testament chronologically, in the order of the story it tells, Nehemiah would be one of the last two books. It may even be the last book, since Malachi, the last of the prophets, may have visited Jerusalem while Nehemiah was away for several years. So the very […]

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How my mom lives hope.

My mom has a disease that gradually sucks your mind away. It often helps you remember stories from the past, then disables the counter that keeps track of telling stories. I’m intrigued by the stories mom finds important to tell me each time I visit and often when we talk on the phone. She talks […]

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ninety five percent of the time

I heard the numbers long ago. I don’t remember them exactly. I don’t remember the speaker either. He was a business ethicist, talking to business people about ethics. (Profound. I know).  He said, approximately, “ninety five percent of the time, doing the ethical thing makes good business sense. So it’s not what you do ninety […]

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but you said. . .

“Yes. ” “I will do that.” “If you ask me, then I will do that.” “I will do that, cross my heart and hope to die.” “If you will do this, just this one time,  I promise that I will do that, I swear on a stack of Bibles.” “I know that I’ve promised a […]

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