2100

2100

Two thousand one hundred! Not a date but a number. Bono, the lead singer of rock band U2, known for his anti-poverty campaigns, notes that this is how many mentions of poverty there are in the Scriptures: “That’s a lot of airtime.” In the i... Read More »

SEEING JESUS

SEEING JESUS

In a series of experiments conducted a few years back, dogs were given the command “shake,” and they were normally happy to do so whether they got a reward or not. However, researchers found that if the dogs saw that another dog was being r... Read More »

TINY WORLDS

TINY WORLDS

I remember learning about the word “microcosm” when I was in fifth grade. As homework, our teacher handed each of us a 36-inch string and told us to make a circle on the ground. Then we were to look at everything within the circle, study it... Read More »

THE GOOD CONDUCTOR

THE GOOD CONDUCTOR

British writer Bernard Hare tells the true story of an incident that changed his life, transforming him, as he described it, “from a selfish, potentially violent hedonist into a decent human being.” Back in 1982 when he was a student living... Read More »

A WORTHWHILE LIFE

A WORTHWHILE LIFE

We are unlikely to have Abraham’s calling to become the father of nations. Not many of us have the strength of Samson to bring the perpetrators of evil to justice. It is rare to be given the responsibility, like Esther, of safeguarding the ... Read More »

WHEN NOBODY NOTICED

WHEN NOBODY NOTICED

It was a dull and rainy day as I sat at the window of a small brick row house in Leicester, England, watching the rain form small rivers on the window pane. A friend was letting me stay at his house while he was away and I helped care for a... Read More »

THE VALUE OF HEALTHY LIVING

THE VALUE OF HEALTHY LIVING

Staying healthy doesn’t happen automatically. It takes effort, and also usually involves some sacrifice, some reordering of priorities and forgoing certain things that would be enjoyable but not good for us. Long-term health is a lifelong i... Read More »

REMEMBERING MARTHA

REMEMBERING MARTHA

My neighbor Martha passed away this week after a long battle with emphysema. I will miss Martha and have found myself thinking about her a lot these past few days. When my husband Dan and I moved into the neighborhood, Martha invited us ove... Read More »

CANDLE ON A CANDLESTICK

CANDLE ON A CANDLESTICK

Manifesting God’s love to those whom He places in our path each day is at the heart of Christian life. Writing about this, the apostle Paul went so far as to say, “the love of Christ compels us” to do so. In whatever specific wa... Read More »

WHETHER OR NOT AN ANGEL

WHETHER OR NOT AN ANGEL

Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” I’ve known this verse since I was a child, and I remember imagining that people I interact... Read More »

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