Perspectives

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Being Quietly Loud In Today's Culture Battles

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A few weeks ago in a local movie theater, my wife and I took in the documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, about a true American hero: Fred Rogers. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend that you do. But, I’ll warn you now, it is shattering in all the right ways.

There's A Lot To Learn From Old-School AI

Jul 20, 2018

Each day it seems we hear news of some remarkable innovation in artificial intelligence. Whether it be something mundane, like a better recommendation algorithm at Netflix or Amazon, or something dramatic, like Uber and Google’s self-driving vehicles that promise (or threaten) to replace human drivers.

But instead of looking forward and worrying about some science fiction future, we might learn a thing or two by looking backwards to our past. Whether we know it or not, we have been involved with a kind of artificial intelligence for quite some time…for well over 500 years.

As You Shop, So Shall You Reap

Jul 19, 2018

There are several biblical references concerning “we reap what we sow.” In Eastern religions, it’s the concept of receiving good karma or bad karma. Many communities of northern Illinois are now witnessing the devastating effects of online shopping. Retailers are leaving the area at an increasing rate. This leaves our area more and more of a retail wasteland. 

Who Loves The Little Children Of The World?

Jul 18, 2018

 

Summer is vacation Bible school season. Churches host children for crafts, games, and singing, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world….”  

 

 

Be A Guard Dog

Jul 17, 2018

Recently in our sheep pasture, we found a healthy lamb with its throat gouged out, the sad victim of a coyote strike.  Thankfully, no other lambs or mothers were harmed.  After blocking the hole dug under the pasture fence, we made sure our Great Pyrenees guard dog was out with the sheep to protect them each night.

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