“Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Our Selfie Worldview

A few days ago, I was in this Uber car. I like using Uber because Uber drivers are normally excellent political analysts. And this particular driver asked some very penetrating questions as we talked about current events: “Why aren't we united?” “Why don't we care for each other?” “Why can't we set aside our self-interests?” … Continue reading “Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Our Selfie Worldview

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A Monument to their Stupidity

I grew up being taught at home and in school not to call anyone stupid. It's such a strong word. It's insulting. It's demeaning. It's derisive. It provokes fights. In fact, the Lord Jesus said: "Thoughtlessly yell 'stupid' at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire" (Matthew 5:22 The Message). In spite … Continue reading A Monument to their Stupidity

I love my mother-in-law!

I am so fortunate to have an awesome mother-in-law. Ima, as we fondly call her, is an embodiment of the Proverbs 31 woman. Hands-down. Here are some verses that aptly describe Ima (vv. 17-20,25-27). She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the … Continue reading I love my mother-in-law!

Empty Nest: Both Fun and Awful

I expected that my wife and I have three more months before we have an empty nest. Our older son Ian, who had been living with us for all 26 years of his life, is getting married in December. Perhaps I was just naïve enough to think that he would only move out a few … Continue reading Empty Nest: Both Fun and Awful

Keeping the ‘Pamanhikan’ custom alive

One could argue that pamanhikan is the climax of the Filipino courtship process. The Tagalog definition is this: pamanhikan png. Paghingi ng pahintulot sa magulang ng babae upang makasal na ang magkasintahan. Literally, the word means that a man and his parents "go up the stairs of the house of the man's girlfriend and her … Continue reading Keeping the ‘Pamanhikan’ custom alive

Visualize Your Goal

Over the past couple of weeks, I heard two speakers share the same story about Florence May Chadwick. On a cold, foggy morning in July 1952, Chadwick attempted to become the first woman to swim across the Catalina Channel--from Catalina Island to Palos Verde on the California coast--a distance of 21 miles. After 15 hours … Continue reading Visualize Your Goal

On the verge of hysteria

The English word 'hysteria' comes from the Greek word hystera, which means "uterus." In ancient times, physicians like Hippocrates and Aretaeus believed that a woman's uterus could move out of place and float within the body. So according to ancient Greek cultural beliefs, this "wandering womb" condition led to several illnesses among women such as … Continue reading On the verge of hysteria