Psychology: Snake Oil for the 21st Century

CouchYou have to wonder how some people ever get to wear the robe ― and, by the same token, how a framed piece of paper on the wall inspires such confidence in people.

I pondered all this recently when I read about an 18-year-old Texas youth named Ethan Couch, who was tracked to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by U.S. Marshalls after he absconded from justice to avoid the consequences of a probation violation. Continue reading

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The Meaning of Mass Shootings

Gunmen-2Another mass shooting in America. Many are rightly screaming, “Terrorism” and others, “Gun control!” Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Tale

white-riceI once ate nothing but rice for three days. It wasn’t a diet or a fast; I was broke. I had managed my money poorly during the previous weeks, and work was scarce to begin with. Finally, I got up one morning, peered into my wallet and found nothing there but lint. My next paycheck was a week away. Continue reading

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The Crucible

AccidentAs many readers are aware, I had a collision with an automobile in June (while riding my bicycle) that could easily have resulted in my death. I wrote about it here not long after it happened, before I fully realized what I was dealing with. Of course, I knew the medical facts: two broken ribs, a herniated disc in my back, and unspecified head trauma that was bad enough to erase a substantial part of my memory of the incident. The last thing I remember was the moment I realized there was going to be a collision. Then I woke up in the emergency room around an hour later. Continue reading

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What is Truth? A Reader’s Challenge

truthA reader named Charlie wrote with his thoughts about my last post, “The Age of Slumber:”

Good post. I’ve been reading an even more eloquent version of the same ideas from Timothy Keller called Reason for God. Continue reading

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The Age of Slumber

thCAIUAMHINearly all of us have heard the saying, “Most people would rather hear a good lie over the truth any day.” When people hear this, they laugh and nod in agreement. Yet, though we acknowledge the human tendency to believe what makes us feel better, how many of us actually do something about it? Continue reading

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Wheat Pennies

wheat-penny-largeWhen I was 6 years old, I got good and mad at my mother. I don’t even remember what I got angry about, but I kept quiet ― either that or she was intransigent on the issue. Whatever the case, I was stuck. So I waited until she and my father were out of the house for the evening, evaded the babysitter, sneaked into their room and raided Mom’s collection of wheat pennies. Continue reading

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