​ You Couldn’t Stop it if You Tried

​ “You’ll be back,” says the haunting thought. It mocks as you swear you’ll never dial that number again, even though you leave it in your phonebook or when you clear your browser’s history but leave that hidden folder (for next time?). Maybe it rolls its eyes at you when you quit smoking for the […]

Diabolical Bean Counting

Taunted by the Ten Commandments, I stood in muted sullenness wondering if I would ever earn the right to stroll down the New Jerusalem’s gilded streets. Like the proverbial roller coaster ride, my life was an unending juxtaposition of fist-pumping “sinless” triumph and shameful remorse-riddled tragedy. At times I caught myself casting a longing look […]

Rules! Who Needs Them?

The trouble with rules is, they need to be enforced. The bigger trouble with rules is, they always have exceptions. Maturity is the ability to live an orderly life without rules, it is knowing where the boundaries are without a fence. At Mount Sinai, God was setting up fences for immature people. The Ten Commandments […]

Abe

It is incredible that God figured he couldn’t destroy Sodom and Gomorrah without telling Abraham first. In fact, He let the two angels go into the city to carry out an independent investigation while He strolled with Abraham and bargained with Him. This is incredible, not only because the Almighty condescended to eat, stroll and […]

Verses Prove Nothing

Some people need a verse for every step they take. During a discussion, I spoke at great length about how the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction and Nebuchadnezzar’s madness showed that heaven’s government is hardly a one-man dictatorship but a transparent collaboration between God and created beings ( Sodom was condemned by an independent […]

The Trouble with Good Boys

Wincing with fearful anticipation of the awful wrath of God, he begins his life of penance, a constant eschewing of all bad deeds in his attempts to do “the right thing.” Roaring applause and smiling nods of approval from all around him are his reward. Protective fathers snarl at all their daughters’ suitors but invite […]