Month: April 2021

Do You Believe in a Prosperity Gospel?

Question: I have been sharing episodes from your podcasts with a friend (Catholic). He likes some of the ideas, but says much of the financial material sounds like the “prosperity gospels”. This being defined as “look how wealthy I am, I must be favored by God”. His counter example being an aunt that was a...

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Ancient Solutions for Modern Problems

That material was taught to the Israelites during forty years in the desert; history’s longest graduate school program. Let’s imagine that you made some incredible discoveries of inestimable value. Recognizing that children are your link to immortality, you desperately wish to be sure that your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and further, will be able to use the...

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On Our Night Stands

Do you find that you absorb information in books differently when reading electronically vs. a paper copy? We’re not ready to either recommend or comment on these books as we are still reading them, but our physical companions right now are (RDL) The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz and (Susan) Boomers: The...

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To Bee or Not to Bee

With close to a 100-years-old history, the Scripps National Spelling Bee can be considered an American institution. While the idea of studying the dictionary and memorizing lists of words might not grab you the competition, boasting both prestige and sizable cash prizes, proves attractive to many.  It is worth pondering what it says about our...

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Which is Worse?

Question:My son asked me the other day which, of the rise in single motherhood in the USA or the rising acceptance and proliferation of homosexuality in the USA constituted the greater threat to the nation. I gave him my opinion that the rise in single motherhood was the greater threat. But then I thought, what...

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Where Are The Women?

Question of the week: Are women not allowed at the Western Wall? I only see men in the pictures. ~ Susan S. Dear Susan, We are so glad you asked this question, because it is one that we wouldn’t have ever thought of discussing. There is an old rule that if one student asks a...

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Leave Before You Can Travel Forward

I was profoundly disturbed when a member of my congregation told me that he didn’t care that his father had just passed away. They had been estranged for years, he explained, yet I still felt sullied by listening to his utter lack of affection or even respect for his late father. My admonishment to him...

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Grateful for Books

What are you currently reading? On our shelf are I Marched with Patton by Frank Sisson and a for a recuperating COVID patient who isn’t ready to handle anything heavy, a second time around for Alexander McCall-Smith’s Isabel Dalhousie series....

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All the News Not Fit to Print

A refugee from the old Soviet Union once explained to me how she knew what was actually going on in her country and in the world, despite having no trust in the evil empire’s official newspaper, Pravda. She read Pravda not to glean information from what was printed, but rather from what was omitted. Was...

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I’m Worried About My Brother’s Upcoming Marriage

My brother seems to be marrying a girl who doesn’t show love/respect to him or his family as far as I can see (in a few months they’ll be married). This is his first marriage and first serious relationship. He has traditional values for marriage and he believes that love is sacrificial where he would...

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