Can your car go 160 mph?

Probably not – not even downhill with a tailwind. But then why do many automobile speedometers have a display that shows the top-end at 160 mph? Turns out automakers want speedometers to be easy to read, so there’s value in placing the typical operating speed of American cars, 45 mph to 70 mph, near the top of the speedometer where it is easily read by the driver. To do this — while maintaining a visually-appealing, symmetrical speedometer — requires a gauge that displays well past operating speeds.  ….of course you may have an all digital display making this post rather obsolete.

What about woke?

During the summer of 2020 the nation was rocked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of uniformed police officers – a death that was later adjudicated as murder. As in many cities, Tampa also had a series of protests and marches with the theme “Black Lives Matter” prominently displayed. At the same time, Pope Francis, commenting on the murder of George Floyd said, “We cannot close our eyes to any form of racism or exclusion, while pretending to defend the sacredness of every human life.” Continue reading

Parables of the Lost: a final reflection

It is no hyperbole to say that this parable is a gem; all of its facets deserve to be considered. It is no simple simile with a single point but a compressed slice of life with complexity and texture. In the following paragraphs, we will take note of various of the parable’s facets, but in preaching the interpreter should probably avoid such a “shotgun” approach and develop only one or two themes for emphasis. Let the parable be one of those beloved texts that always repays a return visit. Continue reading