If you had a net worth of $3.4 billion, what would you do with it?
If you are Russian investor Yuri Milner, you would spend $100 million of it on a project called Breakthrough Listen. BL rents time on the world’s most powerful radio telescopes, which are linked to a network of computers around the globe, to listen to the cosmos for any sounds that do not have a natural explanation. The assumption is that any such sounds must be... Read More
You’ve been on my heart lately.
The abortion discussion has been reignited because two recent videos showed Planned Parenthood doctors casually, yet graphically, discussing how to perform abortions so organs and tissue can be “donated” for research. Then one of the doctors discussed “specimen” prices and joked, “I want a Lamborghini.”
As I listened, I kept thinking that over seven in ten U.S. women who have had an abortion claim to have a religious affiliation and 25 percent attend religious... Read More
A good name is more desirable than riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. —Proverbs 22:1
Last year America lost one of its greatest comedians with the suicide of Robin Williams. This year it’s losing another, although Bill Cosby is still alive.
Bill Cosby’s sense of humor, acting talent, handsome face, and rascally imagination endeared him to five decades of fans. He broke into television with the mid-60s thriller I Spy, costarring with Robert Culp. It is still... Read More
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered” (Romans 8:36).
How many bazillion times have you said the Lord’s Prayer? I’m not Catholic and so have never done laps around a rosary, but a conservative estimate for me personally would be over six thousand times. Jesus’ elegant, compact prayer is actually seven mini-prayers sandwiched between a personal address and closing doxology. The prayer is both easy to say and hard—it’s hard to... Read More
On July 25, the Detroit chapter of the Satan Temple is supposed to unveil a bronze Baphomet statue. According to news reports, “The one ton, 9-foot tall monument reportedly pays homage to Satan.”
You might not be surprised to hear that communities aren’t exactly embracing the idea, though the statue’s proponents are not giving up trying to find a location for it. As the local citizens and church leaders go back and forth about if and where this statue should... Read More
“The borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).
Man, these are troubled economic times, aren’t they? The economy seems to be getting a little bit better each year, but behind those generally hopeful numbers is a mountain of increasing debt.
After the nasty shocks of 2008 and 2009, families have moved to pay down some of their indebtedness. But other borrowing has surged. The borrowers are led by our federal government itself. Just in the years of the Obama... Read More
On July 1, the world lost a hero.
When Sir Nicholas George Winton was 30 years old, this British man accepted an invitation from a friend to come to Prague, Czechoslovakia. For a few months he worked in a refugee camp, which was filled with people fleeing from the coming Nazi invasion.
While in Prague, he heard that no one was doing anything to help the children. As word got out that he was willing to help, parents begged to... Read More
Here in my community and communities throughout America, this week we’ll celebrate our nation’s independence–the 4th of July. People across the country will join together for parades, fireworks, patriotic flags and family cookouts to celebrate the freedom we as Americans have.
The word ‘freedom’ has a sweet ring to it, doesn’t it? Those who spend their lives guarding it deserve our gratitude. Being Americans means that we can worship, study, and evangelize in peace.
But this 4th of July, let’s... Read More
It’s the fourth of July this week, but in the military world, it's also transfer season.
Military members throughout the country and the world are watching their earthly possessions get packed up and shipped to their next duty station.
That means military members are crisscrossing the country this summer. That also means a number of them are looking for a new church to call home. Most military members do not want to be treated differently, but they do have some different... Read More
How fast things change.
It seems like just yesterday (1996 actually) that Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act by huge margins in both houses. There was equally huge popular support for the idea that the legal definition of marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman.
That idea is so yesterday. Last week by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned DOMA. All states will now be compelled to recognize gay marriages, and... Read More