Several years ago an Afghanistan man, Abud Rahman was arrested for the “crime” of converting to Christianity from Islam. As a result, Raham faced the possibility of the death penalty.
Following outrage by the world community, the citizens of the United States and the plea of then President Bush George W. Bush, the Afghan officials decided to drop the charges of apostasy and release the man. Their decision was based on two reasons. Continue reading
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give” once said the British statesman and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Today we are reminded of the importance of giving on #GivingTuesday. This is the 5th year of this “global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.” From their web page, here’s more information about this national day of giving.
“Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Continue reading
John Eldredge tells a great story of a rich industrialist who was visiting Mexico and found one of the local fishermen just sitting by his boat, playing his guitar and enjoying a cold drink.
Disturbed to find the fisherman so idle he asked, “Why aren’t you out there fishing?”
The fisherman replied, “Because I’ve already gone out today and I have caught all that I need for me and my family.” Continue reading
Lisa Earby, a Cleveland, Tennessee, teacher relates a funny story about reading one-on-one with a first grader.
For the first time the student discovered the words “thank you” in print. Lisa hoped her pupil would use some of the reading strategies she’d learned to figure out the words. However, after a few moments, Lisa decided to tell her the word “thank.” When she didn’t respond, Lisa emphatically said, “Thank.” Continue reading
Too often the stories reported by the news media about professional athletes are negative. Here’s one that’s different, refreshing and positive.
Tony Romo has been the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the past 10 years. He’s enjoyed a spectacular career, breaking many Cowboys’ records in the process. Continue reading
Rudyard Kipling was a great British poet, novelist and short story writer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Well known for his fictional work The Jungle Book and his poem IF, Kipling received the Nobel prize in literature in 1907. The poet Laureate earned a great deal of money from his literary works which spawned criticism in British media.
Hoping for a story, a newspaper reporter once approached him and said, “Mr. Kipling. I just read that somebody calculated that the money you made from your writings amounts to over $100 a word.” Continue reading
The hopeless says, “It’s impossible.” God says, “All things are possible”. (Lk 18:27)
The weary says “I’m too tired.” God says, ”I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28-30)
The broken-hearted says, “Nobody really loves me.” God says, “I love you.” (Jn 3:16 ) Continue reading
While researching the material for yesterday’s post, I stumbled across an Op-Ed piece from the NY Times by David Brooks entitled “If It Feels Right…”
Brooks discusses the attitudes of today’s young adults regarding morality and their basis for making moral decisions. In the article he cites a study by Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith who led a research team that conducted in-depth interviews regarding morality with 230 young adults from across America. Continue reading
There is breaking news from the Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. This week they voted “to give full and equal membership to everyone in the pews, regardless of sexual orientation.” Continue reading
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“I’m the marshmallow man,” quipped Columbia University Professor Walter Mischel. Over the past 50 years his “Marshmallow Test” has become synonymous with the concepts of self-control, temptation, and delayed gratification.
The test is simple. A child is given a single marshmallow and this choice: Eat this one now. Or wait for 15 minutes and you can eat two! As you can imagine the results are a bit comical as kids twist and turn trying to control themselves from eating! Continue reading