• Is you ego so huge that you created an entire website to brag?

    Fair question. I certainly hope that’s not what this is. Bragging wasn’t my intention, but looking back over the years, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness. What an adventure life has been!  And, as far as I can tell, it has a lot further to go.

    So, why this website? Sometimes it is necessary to craft a presentation of your qualifications in order to establish credibility. Credibility is often a prerequisite for having meaningful conversations. The Apostle Paul did that in Philippians 3 and 2 Corinthians 11. Understanding and respect are essential for building trust. If you don’t take me seriously or, conversely, I fail to appreciate you, it is unlikely we’ll be able to connect very deeply.

    I value making new friends and building greater networks. On the other hand, neither of those goes far unless I exchange rapport and respect  with my new acquaintances.

    There’s an instructive short passage from the New Testament. It says Jesus had to leave His hometown of Nazareth because He could no longer perform miracles there. What? The Son of God was disempowered? Matthew 13:58 says that He could not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. 

    There’s a moral here. Unless we esteem the people we meet, we’re unlikely to ever benefit much from knowing them.

  • How can you be so outspoken about God when your wife died?

    That presents no conflict for me. In fact, my wife’s passing reinforces my faith. Our years together linger as rich memories. I learned from her. I enjoyed her. I savored that she seemed to enjoy me! As for cancer, she lasted ten years and for most of that time her quality of life was very good. Ten years was double the life expectancy she should of had with her condition. As I see it, God gave us five bonus years and they were good years. I regard that as healing and a gift from God. A skeptic is likely to disagree, but I lived the experience. God was good to her and me.

    Keep in mind that the mortality rate among humans is 100%. Everyone dies eventually. God's goodness is now shown only by the ends of our lives and how we spend eternity. God's goodness is demonstrated also when He gives us great life during our mortal years. 


© Eric Thurman 2015