My friend Chad spent a year as a shepherd in Wyoming. “Sheep are so dumb that they’ll only eat what is right in front of them,” he told me. “Even if they’ve eaten all the grass in front of them, they won’t turn to look for a fresh patch—they’ll just start eating dirt!” We laughed, and I couldn’t help but think about how often the Bible compares humans to she […]
My neighbor Tim has a figurine on his dashboard of a “wild thing” from Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. Not long ago Tim was following me through traffic and made some abrupt moves to keep up. When we arrived, I asked, “Was that the ‘wild thing’ driving?” The following Sunday I forgot my sermon notes at home. I “flew” out o […]
Dr. William Wallace was serving as a missionary surgeon in Wuzhou, China, in the 1940s when Japan attacked China. Wallace, who was in charge of Stout Memorial Hospital at the time, ordered the hospital to load his equipment on barges and continue to function as a hospital while floating up and down rivers to avoid infantry attacks. During dangerous times, P […]
Inspired by Polynesian mythology, the Disney animated movie Moana skillfully depicts the story of a brave teenager who strives to save her people from hunger and ultimate destruction. A selfish demigod had stolen the heart of “Te Fiti,” the goddess of creation. Because her heart was stolen, the world began to die. After a dangerous journey, Moana returns the […]
Jesus’ ascension receives little attention these days. The way we often tell the story, the whole affair is mostly anticlimactic. We tend to think of the ascension as this brief, strange moment when Jesus pulled off one last spectacular feat, vanishing into some distant place. Or worse, the story leaves us empty. What kind of good news is this? He simply bol […]
While sitting in the waiting room at my mechanic’s shop, I watched a segment on the waiting room’s television about a “Secret Santa.” Each year he gives away $100,000 in $100 bills to strangers. In the segment I viewed, the “Secret Santa” was in a grocery store handing $100 to a female senior citizen. It turned out that the woman had been suffering greatly a […]
If you’ve seen a British politician interviewed outside the U.K. Parliament in the last two years, chances are you will have seen Stephen Bray in the background, waving two anti-Brexit placards above his head and urging the government, with the help of a loudspeaker, to reconsider Britain’s decision to leave the E.U. Bray, a rare…
It was already shaping up to be an important day in the recount saga for Florida's US Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner races, and now a federal judge has extended a deadline to allow voters whose mail-in and provisional ballots had signature issues more time to correct them.
President Donald Trump isn't a happy camper these days. He's reportedly annoyed at how his trip to Paris went over the weekend, frustrated with the increasingly bad outcome for Republicans at the ballot box last week and itching to make changes in his senior staff.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O'Rourke met during a chance encounter at a Texas airport this week, where the two reportedly exchanged kind words and discussed how they could "move forward" together just days after a highly-contentious Senate election.
International chains like the Waldorf Astoria and Park Hyatt apologized and promised to review their cleaning procedures after a viral video showed maids at their Chinese properties using dirty towels to clean rooms.
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