On Illegitimate Businesses

While I was on our Reformation Tour, I received a text from my office that a topless bar wanted to hire our firm to represent it in a wage and hour dispute.

We have represented individuals in lawsuits against topless bars in the past, and have succeeded in helping put a few of them out of business.

In the last few years, though, our firm has started representing more businesses in employment law litigation.

Nevertheless, it didn’t take me long to respond to whether we should represent the topless bar: “Pass”, I texted. Continue reading “On Illegitimate Businesses”

On Climate Change

I exited the left/right game a long time ago.

It became clear to me neither the left nor the right’s political philosophy was rooted in the Word of God.

Consequently, here I have always attempted to approach political issues from a different perspective.

I would mention though that before exiting the left/right game I was definitely a right-winger. I only mention this because I’m confident if I offend any by this post, it will be my friends on the right.

I don’t know much about climate change. I’m not a meteorogist. I don’t even watch the local weather on television. But like most people, I have an opinion. Continue reading “On Climate Change”

A Title History Of The World

The earthIf you have purchased a home you probably got a title policy. A title policy is an insurance policy for the title to real estate.

Before a company will issue a title policy, it hires a real estate attorney to search through the property records to make sure the title you obtain when you purchase the house is free from any claims. It’s a way of ensuring that the person from whom you purchase the house actually owns it free and clear.

If we were doing a title search for the earth, here’s what you would find.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Gen. 1:1. As a general rule when you create something you own it, unless of course you are being paid by someone else to create it. So, I think we can say with confidence that God, in the beginning had legal title to the earth. Continue reading “A Title History Of The World”

Seine River Cruise Travel Journal—Day 4

Place of Joan of Arc's Execution
Place of Joan of Arc’s Execution

We left Vernon at 6 a.m. this morning for the town of Rouen, France.

After an excellent lecture on the life of Joan of Arc and a nice lunch we were off on our walking tour of Rouen.

Rouen is all about Joan of Arc. The references to her in Rouen are everywhere. She would probably be surprised to learn of her now favorable reception in the town that burned her at the stake.

Joan of Arc was a devout, single, seventeen-year-old when she claims she received instructions from God that Charles VII of France was to be crowned king and that God would be with him if he went to battle against the English to free France from English control. Joan convinced Charles she had heard from God when she told him something personal he had told no one else and she could not have known except God had revealed it to her.

Inspired and emboldened, Charles began to successfully engage the English in battle, was crowned King of France at Reims and reclaimed much of France from the English. In the end, however, Joan was captured by the English, who, for obvious reasons, were more skeptical of the source of her visions. They tried her, found her guilty of heresy, and in 1431, Joan was burned at the stake in the town square at Rouen. In 1920 Joan of Arc was canonized by the Catholic church as a saint. Continue reading “Seine River Cruise Travel Journal—Day 4”

Seine River Cruise Travel Journal—Day 3

Monet's The Water Lily Pond
Monet’s The Water Lily Pond

What is Truth?

It is the question Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, and it is the question prompted by our visit this morning to Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France.

We toured Monet’s home, his flower garden, and his famous water garden. Monet’s paintings of his water garden are famous.

Monet’s impressionism style is noted not for delineating the subject of his painting but for his use of brush strokes to create in the observer’s eye an experience of variations of light. In Monet’s Impressionism, the realism of the scene portrayed in the painting was subordinated to the subjective impression of the observer of the painting.

Impressionism was a movement away from classical realism and toward abstract art. Impressionism was followed by the progressively more abstract Post-Impressionism of Van GoghFauvism of Matisse, and  Cubism of Picasso, ultimately ending with the truly abstract art of Jackson Pollock, who would literally sling paint randomly onto the canvas. In the end, the object of the painting was lost and the observer’s subjective experience of the painting became everything. Continue reading “Seine River Cruise Travel Journal—Day 3”