Last Wednesday our office took a day for “reset.” Basically, this time was our version of spring housecleaning. My space, at least, desperately needed a make-over. I started from the top and worked my way down. The dust layered thickly on the tops of my bookcases. I threw out trash and re-organized my books, notebooks, … Continue reading Reset
Today I received an email update about an Iranian muslim-turned-Christian who is imprisoned for his faith. Farshid Fathi was arrested in December 2010, convicted on March 5, 2012 for “acting against national security through membership of a Christian organization, collection of funds, propaganda against the Islamic Regime by helping spread Christianity in the country,” and … Continue reading Enough Evidence?
**** SPOILER ALERT**** If you have not yet seen the movie, "God's Not Dead," be warned that this post discusses important points from the film. When I saw it last weekend, deep emotions surfaced. But not just for the reasons you probably imagine. You see, I have a lot in common with the professor who … Continue reading “God’s Not Dead”
As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. . … Continue reading The Nature of the Steed
Klutz (noun): a person who often drops things, falls down, etc. : a clumsy person. Merriam-Webster Dictionary Have you ever watched a Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin movie? These gymnastic masters would trip, fall, and get entangled in all kinds of fantastic sight gags. Unfortunately, what they did deliberately, I do accidentally. I am … Continue reading A Spiritual Klutz
In 1938, under great pressure, Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg scheduled a vote to determine whether his nation should unite with Germany. He expected his people to vote for autonomy. But the Austrian Nazi party executed a coup d’etat and invited Hitler’s Wehrmacht troops to enter the country to enforce Anschluss (Union) with Germany. In a plebiscite … Continue reading Disturbing Parallels
Yesterday I was cooking dinner; well . . . sort of. Actually, I had a hamburger patty in a frying pan on the burner but was working on my computer. Suddenly my fire alarm went off. That really got my attention. The alarm was quite close to me – not good for my ears, but … Continue reading Two-Alarm Dinner
He [God] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45 Last week I dog-sat an English setter for a friend on vacation. Higgins the dog was not a problem, although he didn't want to eat much the first couple of days … Continue reading Are You a Dog-Person or a Cat-Person?
This past weekend I went with friends to Renninger’s Extravaganza in Mount Dora, FL. This event is a paradise for anyone shopping for antiques. I bought some Christmas presents for family and had a great time. The sale is also a great place to take photographs of unusual items. In some ways it was depressing … Continue reading Re-purpose
When some people hit bottom . . . . . . . they start digging deeper. What do you do with someone who doesn't seem to recognize how destructive their behavior is? Intervention doesn't always work. The tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman comes to mind. He had just come out of rehab. He knew … Continue reading When They Just Keep Digging