Now let’s move to the first section of our passage: 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” George had BIG plans, BIG dreams, BIG hopes…It’s a human tendency to make plans….to strategize our lives. We seem … Continue reading James through the Eyes of George (Part 4)
Soul killing. This is the term C.S. Lewis used to describe the notion that meaning is relative and personal. We might add also that understanding that truth is primarily revealed by logic and reason might have been seen as one of the common tools used to steal life away from living, breathing truth. Logic and … Continue reading Soul Killing (Part 4 of “IMUD” Series)
The opposite of “meaning” is not “untruth”. The opposite of “meaning” is “nonsense” also known in some circles as nonsensical, gibberish, baloney or gobblygook. In other words the opposite of “meaning” or “meaningful” is that which has no clear meaning. Meaning is the pre-condition for both truth and falseness. In other words, if there was … Continue reading Meaning and Understanding (Part 2 of “IMUD” Series)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, And order all things far and nigh. To us the path of knowledge show, And cause us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to Thee, O Israel! Words: Latin Hymn, translated by Henry S. Coffin, 1916 Music: Plainsong, adapted by … Continue reading O Come, O come, Emmanuel
C.S. Lewis’ book entitled Abolition of Man gives us some important thoughts on the meaning of “meaning.” Three key points include: 1—Meaning is not to be found only in ones inner perception of a thing. 2—Another person’s interpretation of my perception of a thing very much depends, to use another phrase from another of Lewis’ … Continue reading Where is meaning found? (Part 1 of “IMUD” Series)
Dangers of literal interpretation of Scripture — Part One I’ve been reading through the Psalms and enjoying it greatly. What a great, rich diversity of thoughts and expressions! Yesterday I came to Psalm 91, which is a great Psalm and one that I shared with the entire family in the aftermath of our home invasion … Continue reading Under His Wings
Thoughts on Philippians 4:13 You be anything you want to be. You can do anything you want to do. FALSE! When I was coaching 9th grade basketball I had a kid on my team—Bobby*— that proved a person CANNOT be anything they want to be. Some people just don’t have the physical ability to be … Continue reading I can do anything?