Kenny Chumbley

Chumbley: Our words can set a blaze better than any match can

Two recent events are behind this column.

The first is the fires that have recently devastated California. The second is a chapter I recently came across titled “The Magnitude of Little Sins” in “The Origin of Evil,” a book by a Cambridge professor published in 1885.

Chumbley: It’s wrong to use something meant for life as a means of death

Twice in the book of Exodus and once in Deuteronomy it says, “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk” (kid being a baby goat, not a baby child). Now, when God mentions a thing three times, it’s probably something we ought to pay attention to.

Chumbley: Remembering lost opportunities kindles some of the sharpest regret

Have you ever been told, “There’s no use crying over spilt milk?”

As one whose daily chore growing up on a farm was milking the cow, and as one who has spilt more than his fair share of milk, I consider myself an expert on this subject and wish to offer my 2 cents on spilt milk.

Chumbley: Our problems lie on the inside

Never has there been so much hatred in the world; never have people everywhere hated each other so much; never has hatred been so great and so deep.”

Chumbley: Some people refuse to be destroyed by fiery trials

“The bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.”

Most folks have heard the story of Moses and the burning bush. It was an extraordinary scene for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the means by which God chose to reveal Himself.

Chumbley: Russian author new the power of suffering life

When he died, 40,000 men followed his coffin to the grave. Russia had never seen anything like it.

Chumbley: Deep inside us a glory of character

On Feb. 26, 1852, the HMS Birkenhead, a British troop transport headed for South Africa, struck an uncharted rock and began to sink. For various reasons, only three lifeboats were usable, and as the ship was breaking up, a survivor later recounted that the soldiers on board stood at perfect order as the command was given, “women and children first.”

Chumbley: Everyone has a mind; just try using it once in a while

“Mr. Whitson” — wrote David Owen in his essay, “Best Teacher I Ever Had”—“taught sixth-grade science.

On the first day of class, he gave us a lecture about a creature called the cattywampus, an ill-adapted nocturnal animal that was wiped out during the Ice Age. He passed around a skull as he talked. We all took notes and later had a quiz.”

Chumbley: Sure, money important, but ...

I once read about a lawyer who said, “I have yet to see the reading of a will, however lengthy, where those affected by it did not hang on every word.”

This isn’t surprising, for they who are mentioned in a will always hope to be richer as a result.

Prairie Writings: Should we be surprised when children act like animals?

Thomas Nagel is university professor of philosophy and law emeritus at New York University. He’s an atheist, but an uncommon one, as indicated by his book “Mind & Cosmos, Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False.”

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