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Thursday August 11, 2022
I made a momentous decision a few months ago. I decided to quit playing minister.
A few people may be surprised that I’m NOT a minister. Because I often write about religious topics. I also write about evolution, life, economics, politics, and occasionally even mathematics. Somehow, no one suggests that makes me an economist, biologist, or mathematician.
Perhaps they assume that no one could possibly be interested in theology unless they were being paid to do so.
Categories: Soft Edges
Tags: decisions, minister, ordained
On the last day of summer, before all the kids went back to school, I walked along our beach, watching families having a final day of fun.
A young girl offered a salted potato chip to a duck swimming near the shore.
Nervously, the duck paddled towards her. It snatched the chip. Then it retreated to deeper waters.
A second girl came down to the water. She kicked water out over the duck. Again and again.
It was -- pardon the cliché -- like water off a duck’s back.
And I did nothing.
What should I have said? What could I have done?
And how would the girls’ parents react, if a total stranger had lectured their daughters on right and wrong? The parents themselves apparently saw no reason to intervene.
Because both girls were doing something I objected to.
Tags: ducks, decisions, Ogden Nash, sins