Christianity versus Misanthropy

“My hate is general, I detest all men; Some because they are wicked and do evil, Others because they tolerate the wicked, Refusing them the active vigorous scorn Which vice should stimulate in virtuous minds… “Betrayed and wronged in everything, I’ll flee this bitter world where vice is king, And seek some spot unpeopled and

Literary Techniques and Biblical Appreciation

I struggle with reading the Bible, but not truly hearing God. Growing up in the church, I remember scriptures being read so often that when I tried to read them again in my own Bible study, my eyes and mind would simply gloss over them, being half-memorized and so ingrained in my mind that they

Body Language and Unity of Purpose

The Nat Geo Wild television channel airs a show called “The Dog Whisperer.” The host and dog behaviorist Cesar Millan goes to the homes of dog owners who are dealing with challenging habits and obedience issues. Cesar says at the beginning of every episode, “I rehabilitate dogs; I train people.” The idea is that although

“…I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you…”

At the end of the book of Haggai, after Zerubbabel (and through him, Judah) obey God’s command to recommence building the temple, God provides a prophecy and a promise. Haggai 2:21-23 says, Tell Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, that I am about to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow royal thrones and

Ore Concentration and Spiritual Refinement

concentrate: —to intensify; make denser, stronger, or purer —to make less dilute The processing and refining of copper ore is called beneficiation. I like that the word itself speaks of betterment. It is a long and aggressive process, full of necessary, transformative steps. The procedure’s overall goal is to separate extracted ore into two groups: