John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."


“I don’t understand everything in my heart.” Lt. Arthur Fancy precinct detective boss, NYPD Blue.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Potential for cruelty

As pointed out by James Lee Burke

On the potential of the human soul.

The photographs of the inmates at Bergen-Belsen or Andersonville Prison or the bodies in the ditch at My Lai disturb us in a singular fashion because those instances of egregious human cruelty were committed for the most part by baptized Christians.


Exercise: Try to tweet criticisms of persons’ beliefs or actions without assuming you have the God-eye view and can know the motives of their hearts. (1 Sam 16:7) All my adult life I’ve sought to avoid this in my interactions. I admit I don’t always succeed. But we must try. Tim Keller

Keller on Racism and Corporate Evil

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“A church that gets hesitant about forgiveness is distancing itself from what makes it distinctly profound.” John Zahl

Mirror, mirror

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

The genuine article

“Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself”
―Madeleine L’Engle

Health Benefits of Laughter – Right as Rain by UW Medicine

From improved mood to better digestion, laughing boosts emotional, physical and mental health.
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