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  • Sports Idolatry

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 30, 2010

    Here’s a little statistic published in 1998 in The Economist that I use in my Ethics class at DePaul. According to the article, “Superhuman Heroes,” a survey of 198 top athletes conducted in 1995 had more than 50% stating that they would be willing to take a drug that would help them win every more

  • Abraham Lincoln Once Said, "Nearly All Men ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 30, 2010

    Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a more

  • Life In Opposition

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 30, 2010
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    LIFE IN OPPOSITION When I was young, we used to go camping up at the Lodgepole Campground in Sequoia National Park. I think it was the campground at the highest altitude, and we liked it because it wasn’t always as crowded as the lower campgrounds. Now, I always thought the campground was named more

  • I Love That Old Saying From The Quaker Who Said ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Jul 17, 2010

    I love that old saying from the Quaker who said that Americans tend to want everything because we value things too little—implying that what we have is valued so little that we no longer know what is truly valuable and what is not. As Ralph more

  • The Idea Of The Cloven Tongues Has Always ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on May 29, 2010

    The idea of the cloven tongues has always bothered me. At least, that’s the way we usually see this phrase translated. When I was young, that really used to bother me. I’d watched all those old westerns where the Native Americans would say, “White man speak with forked tongue.” I didn’t like the more

  • In The Film Version Of Ray Bradbury’s ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on May 29, 2010

    In the film version of Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” the action starts with a cold October wind blowing through a Midwestern town. Let’s look at the theater film preview of this film and give you an idea of what I’m talking about. The “October People” had come with their more

  • My Old Friend Tom Keller Was On Sentry Duty ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Jan 16, 2010

    My old friend Tom Keller was on sentry duty during his time in the military and he fell asleep, standing on his feet. Something awakened him and as he opened his eyes, he saw spit-shined boots directly opposite his own. He wanted to curse, but instead, he said, “In Jesus’ name, Amen!” and looked up more

  • The World Says, "If It Feels Good, Do ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Jan 16, 2010

    The world says, “If it feels good, do it!” and “The ends justify the means.” As a result, we have to be extra alert. It reminds me of God’s message to Sardis in the Book of Revelation. God kept having to tell them to be alert and that must have poured salt into their wounds. You see Sardis was a more

  • I Know This Is Going To Sound Surprising To Those ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Jan 16, 2010

    I know this is going to sound surprising to those of us who live near, in, or work and/or play in the City of Chicago, but I once saw a police officer turn down free coffee and doughnuts. Yes, that’s right. I was on a “ride along” with an officer in Redondo Beach, California. It was a graveyard more

  • Everybody Hates Chris: Right Day, Wrong Year

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Nov 23, 2009

    EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS: RIGHT DAY, WRONG YEAR Once there was a covenant with Noah, with Abram, with Moses, and with David, but now there is a NEW covenant written in the blood of Jesus. That promise, that contract, never expires. It is guaranteed by God's action, not our actions. The word often more

  • Sometimes, The Right Name Will Accomplish ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Nov 23, 2009

    Sometimes, the right name will accomplish something for you that you can’t accomplish yourself. I’m reminded of the time I was Editor-in-Chief of Computer Gaming World and we were attending a big convention. Sony’s Psygnosis division was having a big party at a nightclub and my technical editor more

  • Heathers And Gratitude

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Nov 6, 2009

    HEATHERS AND GRATITUDE Some people think being thankful all the time is like going around with a goofy smile on your face all of the time and being insensitive to other people’s feelings. Some think it means to always be happy. We can be grateful, thankful, without being irrationally "happy" in more

  • Terah And The Gods

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Oct 26, 2009

    TERAH AND THE GODS There is a Jewish midrash (not Scripture) that tells a funny story about Terah being a merchant who sold idols but had a son named Abram who wasn’t convinced about the validity of the gods because the real God had been speaking to him. Since it isn’t actually Scripture, I’m more

  • I've Seen Lots Of Parents Who Instilled A Dream ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Oct 26, 2009

    I’ve seen lots of parents who instilled a dream in their children. In fact, Wailam’s (my wife’s) mother gave her the dream of studying in America. But her mother died before she could see that Wailam finished her education at the American School. As a result, Wailam had to go through a long, more

  • Dr. Cecil Hyatt, Former Professor Of Old ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Oct 26, 2009

    Dr. Cecil Hyatt, former professor of Old Testament at California Baptist University, always used to say that almost anytime God is about to move, there have to be some more

  • Since Isaiah (And Later, The New Testament ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 31, 2009

    Since Isaiah (and later, the New Testament writers) spoke of God’s "tested" keystone (cornerstone?) or foundation stone in terms of depending upon God rather than what anyone else says or promises, it might be good to look at the importance of "foundations" and Jesus Christ as our "tested" more

  • In The Broadway Musical,

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 31, 2009

    In the Broadway musical, “Guys and Dolls,” there is a line where Sky Masterton (the Marlon Brando role in the film version) shares some advice that his father gave him. Sky is a gambler and the entire play revolves around a certain bet that he makes which pays off in a way he isn’t expecting. But I more

  • Sin Separates Us From God And From Each Other. I ...

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 24, 2009

    Sin separates us from God and from each other. I recently read about an interesting scientific phenomenon with fluorophores. Fluorophores are molecules that glow when they are excited by the right kind of light source. They’re usually found in amino acids and proteins. (There is an illustration at: more

  • Character: Prototype Plus Pneumatic Force  PRO

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 14, 2009
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    CHARACTER: PROTOTYPE PLUS PNEUMATIC FORCE Jesus is the very imprint or prototype of God’s essential reality. The word used in the Greek here is pronounced "kah-rahk-TEER" (sometimes "kah-rahk-TAYR") and it is the word from which we get "character." In the original Greek usage, it meant an more

  • Beginning And Ending

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 11, 2009

    BEGINNING AND ENDING A Connecticut Baptist named A. Roger Williams (a modern pastor, not the one who founded Rhode Island) once preached, "It is true that if religion begins with the individual--it begins, but if it ends with the individual--it ends." [A. Roger Williams, "The Kingdom of God," in more