New Releases

New and Improved!

There are always exciting new things that seek our attention in the world. New movies premiere with great fanfare, some including special midnight showings or sneak previews. Books are released with signings and tours. New music albums are released to fans that have waited with long anticipation. Even video games have entered into the premiere scene, having release parties for the newest version of fan favorites.

When the Time Changes

Falling Back

It is that time of year once again when we change our clocks by an hour. With that change, it has been suggested that this is a good time to check on those things in life that require periodic adjustment. The most common thing in this semi-annual ritual is to check the batteries in the smoke detector in our homes. While these devices can be life savers in providing warning of a fire, they only work with a live battery, and one seldom thinks about the batteries in a box hung on the ceiling.

The Best Outlook

A Web of Philosophies

There are many different philosophies which have been explored by man, although most overlap or have common roots. Among the more formal schools of thought, entire systems of outlook upon the world have been constructed. Outside of the formal systems, there still exists a common way of looking at things which will differ from person to person.

The Problem With Fate

A Common Belief

There are many people in the world who believe in the idea of fate. They find comfort in the idea that there is some degree of purpose or meaning for one’s everyday life. Because of such belief in fate or destiny, the realms of modern mysticism such as astrology have a steady following. The irony of such a desire is found in that many of these people who desire for some form of destiny caused by eternal forces will deny the existence of God.

God and "What If?"

An Exercise

It can sometimes be an interesting exercise to ask the “What if?” questions about stories in the Bible. While this practice is not instructive in itself, it can highlight the choices made by those in Bible stories by considering the implication of the alternative.