“Itching Ears”–Who’s Voice are You Listening To?

“Itching Ears”: Who’s Voice are You Listening To?–By Dean Marini It was a dark and stormy night. Only moments before, we had just barely escaped a passing tornado. My Marine Corps Reserve battalion was training in a reclaimed strip mine, and I had been on raiding patrols that night.  Finally at around 4 am, we … More “Itching Ears”–Who’s Voice are You Listening To?

The Power of Bearing the Christian Name

The Power of the “Christian” Name–By Dean Marini My favorite steakhouse features a menu item called “Road Kill”. Gasp!  For those unaware, “road kill” is a phrase most often used to describe dead animals on the road.  Now just to be clear, I do not advocate driving down a country road to get the next … More The Power of Bearing the Christian Name

O Be Careful, Wandering Feet, Be Careful

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so… Those simple lyrics contain some powerful theology. As we grow older the songs we sang in our youth appear childish. Yet so many of those kids songs teach us powerful biblical lessons we need throughout our lives.  One song we should all take … More O Be Careful, Wandering Feet, Be Careful

“God, Please Hear Me”: The 5 P’s of Powerful Prayer

5 “P”s of Powerful Prayer As a child, one of my favorite songs in Church was “I’m in the Lord’s Army”. The song speaks that you may never march in the infantry; ride in the cavalry; shoot the Artillery… but, you can be in the Lord’s Army! I grew up to spend 11 years in … More “God, Please Hear Me”: The 5 P’s of Powerful Prayer

Thoughts from Quarantine–What Really Lasts?

Thoughts from Quarantine: By Dean Marini “About 15 years ago, a university I do work for asked my company for assistance in the construction and equipping of a television studio on campus. At that time, the proposed space was being used for storage. As we looked it over, I came across a dedication plaque from … More Thoughts from Quarantine–What Really Lasts?

Our Eyes Still Tell the Story–COVID-19

From 1953 to 2011 the makers of Bazooka bubble gum used a character named Bazooka Joe to help market their product. For over 50 of those years, Joe appeared in comic strips that were included with each individually wrapped piece of gum. Over that time, characters came and went, but Joe’s friend Mort appeared with … More Our Eyes Still Tell the Story–COVID-19

Post Covid-19 –What Will “Normal” Look Like?

He is always the same. In an article I wrote a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I am a fan of the movie “Tombstone”. In the next to the last scene of the movie, Doc Holliday is having a last conversation with Wyatt Earp and says to his friend “there is no normal life … More Post Covid-19 –What Will “Normal” Look Like?

Good Friday: Bruised For Our Inequities

In May of 1994 an American teenager was punished for vandalism by the government of Singapore with four lashes of a rattan cane. Caning was something many people had not heard of and the sentence sparked international protests of Singapore’s penal policies. The story dominated the news around the world and organizations from dozens of … More Good Friday: Bruised For Our Inequities

The Twisted Obsession with Celebrity, Fame and Faith

In a conversation with one of the founders of this website we found ourselves talking about society’s fascination with celebrities. Internet news feeds are flooded with news and gossip about famous people, television broadcasts shows that are solely dedicated to that same theme. Practicing social distancing in the grocery store line provides us with a … More The Twisted Obsession with Celebrity, Fame and Faith