Most Sundays, I post a brief vignette of the life of Jesus and consider how it relates to our lives. I don't preach. My goal is both to understand what the writer writes, and what the hearer hears. I leave the what it really means to others, smarter than me, and more bold. It’s impossible [...]
Here are two stories to illustrate a point: The first is about a couple I met a few years ago. They were older - older than me - were both overweight, smoked, ate poorly, were inactive, and, all niceties aside, were generally gross and slovenly. And happy as clams about their health. What? I discovered [...]
Knowing God by JI Packer For the first twenty years of my adult life, I was deeply committed to Christian evangelicalism and read Packer’s Knowing God every January. It was a ritual just like Christmas or the Super Bowl. Over the next twenty years, though, I wallowed in and out of agnosticism and have now [...]
I Was Wrong I’ve been wrong. I’ve argued long and assuredly that people know what healthy habits are and that we just don’t do them. We’re lazy about some things, and it’s embedded through evolution into who we are. So, I was shocked, recently - mortified - when a friend at work told me he [...]
Stay inside. Call friends when you go out to see if they need anything. Love each other. Be kind.
If you need Siva or Daniel or aliens hiding behind comets to help you improve health then go for it. But my advice is to forget the Daniel Plan...
I woke this morning to a stir. "Dennis!" I heard. Loud. It was 2:30 and the house was dark. "Here I am Lord," I replied, plagiarizing youthful Samuel. I listened, but heard nothing, I rolled over to pull a blanket up over my shoulders, still believing. What kind of logic is it that requires an [...]
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson Mcullers. Eric Clapton was interviewed once, about a popular song. “I’m telling ya,” he said, shaking his head, “I wish I wrote that one.” That sentiment - I wish I did that - has always been, for me, the highest praise for any endeavor. When I finished The [...]
I wrote this piece a couple of years ago when my daughters had just gone back to school. Ebola was afloat, and it was a reminder of how to care for ourselves and our families. Every parent knows that school - every school - is a cesspool of infectious critters and a Petri dish [...]
Science With My Doctor I was in an accident once and was prescribed three kinds of medication. I told my doctor I would like to drop one I was taking twice a day. It was given as a prophylactic, and I was unsure if it was doing anything. I’ve never been on medication before and [...]