Can an ironic proverb help us make sense of our complex world? – Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:8, Part 1

Are you feeling perplexed?  Confused by the world we live in?  If so, you are not alone.  How many of you are familiar with Veggie Tales?  The creator of Veggie Tales, Phil Vischer has been making some fascinating informational videos relating to racial justice in the USA.  One video answers the question why Black ChristiansContinue reading “Can an ironic proverb help us make sense of our complex world? – Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:8, Part 1”

Are social media companies making promises they can’t fulfill? – Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12, Part 4

Have you seen the recent commercials by Facebook or Tik Tok? Look at the smiles and joy emanating from the people in the commercials. What message would you say these commercials are sending? Here’s what I think the message is: “If you participate in our network you will experience joyful life, true community, fulfillment andContinue reading “Are social media companies making promises they can’t fulfill? – Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12, Part 4”

My year without Facebook

On January 1, 2018, I deactivated my Facebook account. I had been an active Facebook user for about eight years, but I was starting a three-month sabbatical from pastoral ministry in my church, and I was concerned that the purposes of the sabbatical would be impeded if I spent time on social media. I alsoContinue reading “My year without Facebook”

How Distracted I Was From God (What I Learned on Sabbatical, Part 2)

On January 1st, I started a sabbatical daily log.  On that day I wrote three paragraphs about what was happening in the life of the Kime Family, and mixed in there were these five words: “I deactivated my Facebook account.” For those of you who use Facebook, deactivating your account might feel like a bigContinue reading “How Distracted I Was From God (What I Learned on Sabbatical, Part 2)”

What depending on God is really like and how to do it

Do you know how to depend on God? I think it is very easy to say, “Oh, sure, I depend on God.” What is much harder is to answer the question: “How do you show that you depend on God?” I would like to submit that you show you depend on God by the choicesContinue reading “What depending on God is really like and how to do it”