What does the word “family” mean to you? Is it your mother and father and your siblings? Does it include people that you aren’t related to? Perhaps, the people you call family aren’t even related to you by blood.
My guess is that we all have different answers to those questions. For many of us, our biological family is a source love and security. For others, it only brings up painful memories. Some of us never even knew our biological families. Others grew up with them, but don’t know them anymore.
No matter what your circumstances, most of us agree that the definition of the word family is very fluid.
As you may remember, we began this blog at the beginning of Season 4, adding our first post on October 15, 2013 (while the world was listening to Miley come in like a wrecking ball). After adding discussions for all of Season 4, we went back and added Season 1 and 2 while the world waited for Season 5. When Season 5 aired… we covered that, then began Season 3 in the summer months to follow, posting half the season before Season 6.
And that’s where we left off… with only 7 episodes of Season 3 remaining.
Have you ever trusted someone so much that you could say that you trust them with your life? I don’t mean that you trust them to borrow your car or to loan them money. I mean trust them with your life, the life of your spouse… the life of your kids!
If you are like me, there are just a handful of people that you can really say that about. If you served in the military, you might be able to say that about some of the people you served with. If you are a first responder, it might be some of the people you work with. But for most of us, the answer to that question really is about family and a few of our closest friends.
It is usually in that moment when you feel the most confident that bad things happen.
I don’t know why this is, but extreme certainty has a way of blinding me. My mother used to remind me of this by saying, “Pride comes before a fall.” As a little kid, I never really knew what that meant exactly, but as an adult I understand it perfectly.
Let’s face it, we all make mistakes – there is no shame in that. But when we make the same mistake more than once, we experience a whole different level of embarrassment. There is nothing worse than knowing that the bad situation that we got ourselves into is one that we could have avoided if we had just learned from our own mistakes. As the old saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” Continue reading “Season Six, Episode Fourteen, Twice As Far” »
What if it is in self-defense? What if the people I kill are going to murder me or my loved ones? Does “Thou shalt not kill” include war? (Should U.S. Marines use Nerf Blasters?)
Is killing ever not morally or legally wrong?
These are not just questions explored in an ethics class or in Sunday school. These are questions that virtually every civilization and religion have dealt with for millennia. And there is an entire range of answers, perspectives, and further questions. These questions arise in tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead and meet with various responses and reactions.
If you are a Christian and you are reading this column, chance are you have been asked this question: “How can you possibly watch a show about zombies?”
The question usually comes from someone who has never even watched the show, or for that matter, watched any television show or movie with zombies in them. If you’re young, maybe you have even been asked this by your parents or your youth pastor.
My wife used to be one of those who asked this question.
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