UI 077: Visions of the Anointed: Dehumanization & Globalization

We are approaching a tipping point in our world.   A very patient and tireless crowd (ie. the "elites") has influenced the masses into being lulled to believe what the media reports is truth, what the experts say is irrefutable, and what celebrities say is significant and important.  While our society maybe very literate compared to our recent past, it makes no difference because they lack the … [Read more...]

UI 076: God and His 13 Attributes

This episode is a podcast featuring a class I recently taught on the book of Exodus.  In this particular class we focused on Exodus 33:21 -34:7. Exodus 33 (NIV) 21Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23Then I will remove my hand and you will … [Read more...]

UI 075: Get your life straight. Reprioritizing and Refocusing to Reach Your Desired Destination

Have you ever had to take a step back from your life and look at where you are and where you are going? I've been going through some of that, and so I decided to share that with you on this week's podcast. Sometimes we discover we are not where we'd like to be, or who we'd like to be, or perhaps how we'd like to be.  We take an honest look out ourselves and are displeased with the current … [Read more...]

UI 074: 3 Lessons For Starting Over

Sometimes I talk about ultimate issues in the big, global, macro arena and other times it's a small, personal, micro subject.  This week's topic, while a big deal, is more of a micro, personal subject. The Issue is about  Starting Over... Too often people quit before they ever start... and that is definitely a problem (you can check out my very first podcast for more on that … [Read more...]

UI 073: Why Be Happy?

Since we are celebrating Sukkot, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Festival of Booths) is supposed to be JOYOUS, I figure I should do a show on happiness.  After all, God commands us to be happy for Sukkot so it must be an ultimate issue. But first, some questions. Why should we be happy?  Should we be happy?  What does it really mean to "be happy"? If you truly are happy, GREAT! … [Read more...]

UI 072: A Real Tragic Combination on Real Time

In a rare moment on television something actually intellectually interesting happened.  It was on the recent Bill Maher show "Real Time" and it involved a debate between Maher, Sam Harris (author), Ben Affleck (actor), Nicholas Kristof (columnist for NY Times), and Michael Steele (former Republican National Committee Chairman). Below is a link to the video I play and discuss on the … [Read more...]

UI 071: Forgiveness and Atonement

Since there seems to be a theme that's developed over the last few podcasts, I figured why not continue the series. So where are we now? Now, we are coming up on Yom Kippur the "Day of Atonement." This is a very special and holy day.   This is the day were we stand before God and atone for what we've done, and He listens.  Now before you tune out, just bear with me.  Once again, … [Read more...]

UI 070: Brutally Honest Introspections, Criticisms, and Change

Are you brutally honest with yourself? Do you maybe sugar coat your short comings or down play some of your transgressions? If you are a little like me then you too are a master at deceit and misdirection. What do I mean by that? It's coming up on what are referred to as the "High Holy Days.  Rosh Hashanah (New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Festival of … [Read more...]

UI 069: What is Your Primary Question?

The questions we ask ourselves determine not only what we think about, but also how we think.   And our thoughts impact or decisions.  And our decision impact our behavior.  Over the course of our lives our behaviors impact our destiny.  So way back along our journey we started with questions. Today, you still ask yourself fundamental questions that have tremendous influence over you and your … [Read more...]

UI 068: Losing America… How Did We Get Here?

This week we explore an ultimate issue raised during a conversation I was having with a friend who is my elder, and thus has greater wisdom and life experience than I.  I am still of the opinion that respect for elders is a good and necessary thing for society... though that is unfortunately not the current trend. In an interesting discussion this man offered his theory about why America is in … [Read more...]