Outbursts and Expletives

Posted by John Lindsay on 3rd November 2017 in Christian Articles, News

We have all howled after stubbing our toe or fired off an unpremeditated curse after being startled or hurled a verbal mother of all Hail Mary’s at the point of an impending accident. Considering their frequency and the fact these outbursts are scarcely impacted by the company we keep and are just as likely to contain as much fervor when we are alone, it is a wonder why we never consider to whom these expletives are directed.

Humans are the only creatures on earth who are hell-bent on subconsciously blurting out obscenities to the wind before rational thought has time to determine something appropriate to say. One would think over the course of human existence we would have learned to hold our tongues especially in those instances when there is no one around to hear. Read the rest of this entry »

Russian Collusion

Posted by John Lindsay on 9th April 2017 in News, Op Ed

Russian and American flagEvery story needs a good antagonist. There is no better way to  measure the fortitude  of a potential hero  than for them to be backed into a corner by their proverbial giant. Some of the worst experiences in life, when taken in stride, have a tendency to develop thick skin, intelligence and perseverance. It would not surprise me if President Trump, and, to no small extent many members of the Republican party, are more strengthened and inspired due to the level of vitriol plaguing their every move.   So, if the ill manner of the Fascist Left is prodding someone to sink or swim, I would argue they are a necessary evil since they are provoking people who have never taken a stand to pick a side.

As a writer it is my ultimate objective to expose truth. One of the many things I have learned as a storyteller is truth is rarely found where you would expect. If you believe you have found truth without a great deal of searching, you very well may believe in a counterfeit version. For example, the U.S. Democratic Party and its friends in the liberal mainstream media have gone out of their way to put Russia in the spotlight in order to expose their every flaw and foible, but are they being heroic by sharing useful information or cowardly by spreading propaganda for political purposes? The fact is neither. They are merely presenting information their focus groups are telling them the rest of us want to hear.

The successful television series “Castle” emphasized the need to supplement the work of investigators with the craft of a storyteller in order to place the facts in a context. Storytellers have the unique ability to step back in order to see the whole. Readers are generally too close and will jump to conclusions and form opinions too quickly and are invariably proven wrong until the author reveals the real truth in the final chapter.

The movie “Wag the Dog” depicted how a good story could support arbitrary and interchangeable facts – even lies. Fact-based truth seems to be inconsequential in journalism. Only a good story is required. Which is why it is never enough for elected officials to simply do what they believe is best. They require political strategists who are the writers and production teams behind the stories they narrate. Read the rest of this entry »

What Does It All Mean?

Posted by John Lindsay on 16th January 2017 in Christian Articles, News

TProfessor-NYU tirtadehe instant a person opens their mouth to communicate they reveal everything from their uttermost desire to whether they have the means to achieve it. There is a host of clues which expose strength and weakness, of which even the speaker may be unaware, ranging from what and how someone speaks to what they choose to call themselves. All you have to do is listen. Read the rest of this entry »

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Posted by John Lindsay on 6th December 2016 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

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I am Jerry Brainard, the radio announcer for KJOY in San Francisco. I also happen to be a fictional character in a story written by Deborah Craig-Claar and Mark Hayes entitled, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The actor who portrays me…isn’t important.

The story revolves around a functional family in a turbulent time, and begins Thanksgiving day amidst the anxiety preceding America’s involvement in the 2nd World War. The story shows how our faith was stretched as we inched our way through one of the worst days in American history. Read the rest of this entry »

Doctors Orders

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th October 2016 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

in_god_we_trust_hatWhat would a wise doctor suggest for an ailing America?…

Hey doc. For the longest time I haven’t felt like my old self. I thought it would pass. In the past I could bounce back from anything, but there’s been a lot of bruising and bleeding and it seems to be getting worse. I can’t afford to pay you. My health insurance got changed so you’re not even my doctor any more. Can you please just take a quick look and tell me if it’s serious or all in my head? Read the rest of this entry »

The Pursuit of Happiness

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th July 2016 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

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Relationships can be established for a host of reasons – attraction, convenience, obligation, mutual benefit, friendship, dominance, lust and the list goes on. Most people would place happiness high on their list of reasons to be in a relationship, but if happiness is contingent on a relationship, why are so many who enter into partnerships for even the best of reasons often so unhappy?

People are either givers or takers – or varying degrees of both. The nature of human relationships, therefore, falls somewhere between love and addiction, which is to say strong or weak based on the desires and maturity each individual brings to the table. It is customary to ask the bride and groom whether they are willing to forsake all others; to resist the erg of sending their affection elsewhere. If strength is based on how much a person is able to resist, then self-indulgence weakens an individual as well as any relationship to which they are associated. Read the rest of this entry »

Cost of Living

Posted by John Lindsay on 22nd March 2016 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

Running-UphillIf you are hoping for free college education this election season, you may have bigger problems than being uneducated. Graduates from the school of hard knocks understand whenever the word free is used there is sufficient cause for concern.

We all know not to feed the birds. Feeding wild animals makes them lazy and dependent on the source to the extent they are unable to fend for themselves. What is worse is when the free food is withheld, an animal will often cross boundaries putting itself at risk in order to receive the handout to which they have become accustomed.

Body builders, marathon runners or anyone at the top of their game know you do not achieve a noteworthy goal without sacrifice. The coach may take the team out for an ice cream after a game, which can be consumed in minutes, but only after hours of practice, exertion, pain and often defeat. Partial payment does not purchase the prize, and, if it does, you have to wonder what profit does it have if it may be obtained with limited or no effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Pre or Post

Posted by John Lindsay on 29th February 2016 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News, Op Ed

RaptureWhen the church will be raptured has been a common topic of debate among Christians. Will the church be subject to the horrific events described in the book of Revelation? Will it live through it with divine insulation or be supernaturally lifted out of it before the wrath of God is spilled?

Many scholars believe in a pre tribulation rapture based on the fact nowhere in the book of Revelation is the church mentioned after the commencement of the seven year tribulation period. The other point of view (post tribulation rapture) is in part based on an all-encompassing overview of what God has previously done. For example: God left Jacob to work for Rachel’s hand an additional seven years. He left the Israelites to suffer in the desert forty years. He allowed David to be hunted by King Saul for over a decade after being anointed king of Israel. Israel endured hundreds of years of corrupt rulers. The remnant of Israel was allowed to be taken captive by the Babylonians and Assyrians. He did not spare his own son from the torment of excruciating pain, humiliation and death nor the persecution and martyrdom of the saints even to this day. So what makes the church think themselves exempt from mankind’s ultimate tribulation? Read the rest of this entry »

Rush

Posted by John Lindsay on 9th January 2016 in Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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The term “rush hour” defines a period of time when people move slowly or not at all – making it the epitome of a misnomer. Rushing in this instance has nothing to do with speed. It has more to do with the state of mind we tend to create for ourselves. In the moment we consider everything to be an obstacle, peace and freedom are replaced with a host of binding emotions which can often lead to irrational behavior.

We are the ones who stay up too late and sleep in the following morning. We are the ones who take our time getting ready. Yet we have the gall to disregard all of our own bad choices and turn the wrath of our anger (which should have been reserved for ourselves) on some stranger who just happened to get in our way. A mature responsible human being would be embarrassed for forcing everyone else to endure his recklessness yet it is dismissed as acceptable behavior. Why? Because we love our selfishness. We take pride in it. Why? Because it satisfies every son of man’s addiction for control. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tithes That Bind

Posted by John Lindsay on 15th August 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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An in-law recently asked my wife to do them a small favor. They offered to pay us. We said, “don’t be silly” then they insisted – you know the drill. When my wife told me she didn’t feel comfortable taking money from them, she couldn’t verbalize why which got me thinking. We see this couple at nearly every family event but we don’t consider each other family. They each make a good living so the money doesn’t mean anything. So why offer payment in a form which means so little to them and even less to us? They could have invited us over for dinner which would possibly draw us closer together. Such an act would honor the recipient. Making payment reduces someone to the status of an employee.

The couple had no intention of using the money to do anything but say thanks, but such disconnects are likely due to a matter of faith; when one embraces man’s economic system while the other trusts in God’s. Read the rest of this entry »