Spiritual Albedo

theeffect · Spiritual Albedo Dave Brisbin 7.7.24Very few of us know the word albedo, yet we use it every day, and it’s a huge factor in climate change. From the Latin word for white (think albino), albedo is the amount of light reflected off any surface. We all know...

Growing Down

theeffect · Growing Down Dave Brisbin 6.30.24Ever wondered what Jesus would have been like growing up? People have been wondering that ever since the generation who grew up with him died out. One of the many gospels that didn’t make it into the bible, The Infancy...

Road Not Taken

theeffect · Road Not Taken Dave Brisbin 6.23.24When we were kids, my sister did a paint-by-number of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. You know, where the image is preprinted as numbered areas you fill in with the matching-numbered paint. It looked ok squinting at it from...

Finding Father’s Face

theeffect · Finding Father's Face Dave Brisbin 6.16.24Years ago, I remember thinking that if I could just have one burning bush moment, that would be enough. Talking with God like a friend, face to face as Moses did, would answer everything. Yet that wasn’t enough...

Falling to Heaven

theeffect · Falling To Heaven Dave Brisbin 6.9.24Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. Yeah, that’s a country song, but Joe Louis, the great boxer, said it first. Death is the moment everything we can think of as ourselves, our entire sense of...

Clinging Not

theeffect · Clinging Not Dave Brisbin 6.2.24One of the most cinematic scenes in the gospels is at John 20 where Mary Magdalene is sobbing by the empty tomb, and the risen Jesus asks why she is weeping. She whirls to confront the voice but not until he calls her name...

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