Maybe Not the Greatest But the Latest

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on Thinking Out Loud, so I thought I’d better catch you up on some of my writing.

As I’ve mentioned before, most of my writing other than Devotionals and Bible studies, which can be found on my Home page, is being posted on a couple of online publications on Medium.

So, here are some links to what I’ve written lately on Medium…


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When God Entered the World He Created

God revealed in the midst of humanity

Generally, we tend to not believe in what we can’t see.

Of course, this carries over to believing in God and the miraculous.

Many will say it’s not logical or rational to do so. And yet, we believe in the existence of many things invisible to the naked eye and miraculous in nature — thoughts, atoms, life in all its forms, and even feelings of love.

The reason it’s not logical to believe in God is that it doesn’t fit what we know in the natural world. This is our human dilemma. God is supernatural — He’s above and beyond the natural realm. He will never fit within the limits of our logic.

Click here to read more…


My mom enjoying some time on the porch at her memory care home—photo by TK

My mom enjoying some time on the porch at her memory care home—photo by TK

Me, My Mom and Dementia

a haiku

Locked memory loops

You lost in time remembered

Me lost in time now

Grief in bits… slow… sad

Watching talking listening

Alone together

My mom passed away a month ago but this was written not too long ago.

We would sit on the porch while she drank her caramel-macchiato latte from Starbucks…just enjoying the beauty of the day and the outside porch. Even though dementia had washed away some thoughts and memories, it was a good time together.


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A Voice in the Desert

The prophetic role of John the Baptizer

What makes a person a prophet of God?

Personality? Character? Their message?

Those may be indicators but there’s only one true requirement.

A calling from God.

I know people who consider themselves prophets and people others claim are prophets. But my question is often, is this God’s calling or a title they’ve taken on for themselves or that’s given them by others?

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Photo by Liv Bruce on Unsplash

Do You Think Unconditional Love Exists?

My reflection on a recent post

Reading a recent post on unconditional love got me thinking. Does the idea of unconditional love seem remote or unrealistic to most people? Does unconditional love exist in our world?

The short answer, for me, is yes. But perhaps this prompts another question—if an unconditional love exists, where can it be found and is it sustainable?

If an unconditional love exists, where is it found and is it sustainable?

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The Christian Faith Is All About Jesus, Not You or Me

5 Foundational Truths of the Christian Faith

It’s not always about you or me. When? Most of the time and with almost everything in life.

American and western culture might influence us to think differently but it’s true—especially true when it comes to the Christian faith. Though the popular trend in churches is to appeal to individual concerns, this is the opposite of what the Lord intended.

In a previous post, I pointed out that a general understanding of Christianity often revolves around moral goodness. Moral goodness in and of itself is certainly not bad but it is not the basis of genuine Christian faith.

Click here to read more… (this is a revised and updated version of a previous post)

Thanks for reading!

What's Been On My Mind

As I mentioned in previous post on Thinking Out Loud, I’ve been posting on Medium, an online consortium of blogs with various publications. Most of the time I post on either Publishous or Koinonia or Faith Hacking.

So, here are the latest blogs since the last time I posted on Thinking Out Loud. Click, read, and enjoy! If you have some thoughts—constructive and edifying ones—then please comment.

Thanks for reading!


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Want to Know the Origin of FOMO?

Why we seem to get locked into it

FOMO seems like some type of diagnosable condition or syndrome. Perhaps it will become so.

If you’re not sure what FOMO means — perhaps you’ve just spent a year on the International Space Station, been in a coma, or are unfamiliar with American idioms. Anyway, it’s an acronym for Fear Of Missing Out.

It’s a real thing. We’ve probably all felt it at some point in life. At least when we were children and we thought other kids got to do what we weren’t allowed to do. Read more…

Some people seem obsessed with FOMO


Who Has the Right to Be Called a Child of God?

When does life begin — at conception or birth?

Before 1973, the obvious answer would be at conception but the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision changed that in America.

That decision may have changed the law of the land and people’s opinions but it didn’t change basic biology.

In Asia, age is generally determined by conception and the lunar calendar. For centuries and centuries in the rest of the world and biologically, conception is seen as the beginning of life.

Life on earth has a beginning and end date — our physical birth and death. Yet, billions of people in the world believe in some form of life beyond physical birth and death. Read more…


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His True Nature

Loyal though You were

betrayed…your true nature

is revealed…love

abandoned by followers

rejected despised and

forsaken in death

You stand by me when

I fail…fall…go my own way

this your true nature

divine…human…Son

humble faithful proven love

true friend brother Lord


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Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash

Acceptance and Approval are Keys to a Healthy Self

How I found a trustworthy basis for acceptance and approval

We need to be loved and we need to belong. This is one of the five basic needs Dr. William Glasser identified as essential to our well being as people. I learned of his Reality and Choice theories while pursuing certification for drug and alcohol counseling.

At the time, I was a full-time pastor of a growing church in the southern California high desert with a full counseling load each week. With many young families in our church and our school district’s non-existent policy on alcohol and drug abuse, I realized my need for further education.

It was the mid-eighties and self-esteem was a major focus. Theories abounded on what is needful for a healthy sense of self. They still abound.

Some theories encourage internal centeredness while others give direction on controlling and minimizing externals. But I learned to focus my heart and life on acceptance and approval from an eternal standpoint. Read more…


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I Don’t Wanna Be a Pharisee

A children’s song with a serious truth
I remember a children’s song from many years ago with a serious truth. Various versions of the song still exist but one line comes to mind as of late.

I don’t wanna be a Pharisee…cuz a Pharisee ain’t fair you see.

Unless you understand who the Pharisees were, this punning rhyme doesn’t make sense or you won’t relate to it very well. But this simple line explains in a succinct way the drawbacks of being a Pharisee. Read more…

Thanks again for reading!

People, Goodness, Love—Us and the World

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Here are a few more posts from what I’ve posted on Medium. If you missed the other posts on Medium since early May, check out Haiku for You! and Reaching Out

These were published in Publishous and cover a broad range of topics.

I hope you’ll enjoy the reads!


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As a young believer, I had to learn how to trust God.

It wasn’t natural for me. It isn’t natural for any of us.

Just as toddlers exert their free will before they can say it clearly, we like to “do it by our self!” American culture only reinforces this innate self-willed resistance to trusting God.

My worry chair

When my wife and I started our life together, we had a wing-backed, turquoise chair in our living room. Read more…


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A Humble Love

“What the world needs now — is love, sweet love…” was the recurring line in a popular song in the mid-sixties sung by Jackie DeShannon. It was and still is one of my favorite songs from the ‘60s. This YouTube video link of the song captures the innocent hope of the sixties for universal love.

Another favorite song of mine from that era became somewhat of an anthem for the peace movement of the sixties. Sung by the Youngbloods, the chorus of “Get Together” epitomized the search for a unifying love— “Come on people now — smile on your brother — everybody get together — try to love one another right now.”!

A naive hope seemed to die with the close of the decade and the beginning of the “Me Generation” of the ‘70s. Read more…


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Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash

The Need to See Beyond Ourselves

Agrarian economies still dominate a good part of the world, so planting and harvesting are important times of the year.

They impact the livelihoods of many people. How good the harvest is or isn’t impacts everyone.

Our economy in America is more diverse. In years past, we were considered an industrial economy with an agrarian backbone. But technology and its counterparts created an industry of its own.

Most Americans only see the effect of a good or bad harvest when it affects food prices. Read more…


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We Christians — genuine followers of Christ — need to stop moralizing the Christian faith. We need to quit portraying Christianity as a life of moral goodness.

Our effort at goodness is a weak facade for faith. It presents a false face like a veneer—an appearance of goodness as if it was faith. But this misrepresents genuine Christianity.

If you ask most people to describe Christianity, believer and non-believer alike, you’ll get a reply related to some form of moral goodness…

I try to be a good person, who does good things and is kind to others.

Read more…

Reaching Out

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As I mentioned in an earlier post on Thinking Out Loud, I’ve been posting to a few online publications on Medium. Here are posts and Bible studies I’ve revised, edited, and reformatted from previous posts on Word-Strong for the publication Koinonia.

Take some time to read, think, and respond if you’d like. Thanks for reading!


How is a Spark of Faith Ignited in a Person’s Heart?

What does it take for a person to become a believer in God? Is it a certain understanding?

How is a spark of faith ignited in a person’s heart?

I don’t know of one specific answer. In fact, when you ask a hundred different people how they came to believe, you may get a hundred different answers.

If you ask a theologian, he may give you one specific answer. But if you ask several different theologians and philosophers, you’ll get a gaggle of answers. Read more…


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The Word of God in Person

My own darkness

The opening verses of the Gospel of John are important and significant to me. Though I believed in the existence of God from my youth, I had a nebulous, vague sense of God.

Throughout my teen and college years, I wandered in the darkness of my ignorance and whatever the world around me had to offer. Read more…


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How Acceptance of God Brings Acceptance and Inclusion

When does life begin — at conception or birth?

Before 1973, the obvious answer would be at conception but the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision changed that in America. That decision may have changed people’s opinions but it didn’t change basic biology.

In Asia, age is generally determined by conception and the lunar calendar. For centuries and centuries in the rest of the world and biologically, conception is seen as the beginning of life.


Stop Trying So Hard to Be a Good Christian!

Bob Newhart has a hilarious comedy skit as a psychiatrist. His therapy is a simple, two-word solution for problems — “Stop it!” If you’ve never seen it, click on this link–Stop it! for a good laugh, but keep reading!

If only solving life’s problems were that simple—to just stop doing something. Well, in some ways it is. But many difficulties in life continue to trouble us. But why?

Why don’t we just stop doing not-such-good things in order to start doing better things? Read more…

Haiku for You

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I’ve been posting on Medium to 3 different publications— Publishous , Koinonia, and Haiku Hub.

Medium was created by the founder of Blogger and Twitter. It is an online magazine but not a Christian one. However, there are a few publications that are Christian or have a Christian channel.

I post there to reach out to people who probably won’t visit my website on their own. Many of them are seeking, were former believers, quasi-believers, and some are solid believers.


I haven’t done much in the way of poetry for a long time, so I thought I’d try my hand at some Haiku. So, here are a few of my Haiku’s for you! Enjoy!

Haiku for You!

The Long Drive

grey-black forest path

bridges…rivers…flowers…grass

interrupt boredom


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Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash

Deeper

Deep calls me deeper

Waterfall’s roar…is hushed as

waves sweep over me


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Art of Teaching

the art of teaching

make complicated simple

true complete in-depth


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standing at the edge

waves washing over my feet

horizon gazing

sedated calm thoughts

watching the sea…birds in flight

sand water sky meet