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Riddle

Beloved Son Which one of you, if his son begs for bread, will give to him a stone? Or if for fish, will give him then a serpent? “Bless me—me also, O my father!” he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry. But he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears; Read More


Hunger Pains

Eternally Yours O Lucifer, Deceiver, what a great serpent thou art! Father of nothing, thou art consumed By a private grief thou alone can know. Always hungry, never sated, Too full of thyself to speak — Thou canst not share thy sorrow, Thou canst not ask for love. O Jacob, O Israel, be not so quick to meat! Thou might love thyself to death. Read More


Driving on Icy Roads

On Saturday I had an obligation that could not be rescheduled in a city two hours away under normal travel conditions. Although the roads seemed wet, temperatures hovered around 33 F, threatening to conceal icy patches. I tried to keep my speed moderated as a concession to the unknown, and I was duly rewarded by cars passing me at seemingly Read More


God is a Monster

First I saw a link (via a Facebook friend) to this “Dear John” post, which offered a final dismissal of John Calvin and his doctrine of predestination. The author, Zack Hunt, explains that if God is the controlling cause of everything as John Calvin says, then “I think your God is a monster.” Then another Facebook friend posted a link Read More