William Hinson explains why animal trainers carry a stool when they go
into a cage of lions. They have their whips, of course, and their pistols are at their sides. But invariably they also carry a stool.
Hinson says it’s the most important tool of the trainer. He holds the stool by the back and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal. He maintains that the animal tries to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal, and it becomes tame, weak, and disabled because its attention is fragmented Continue reading
We are currently reading through the New Testament at the West Main church where I am presently preaching. Today’s reading is from Acts 2. It is a pivotal chapter in the Bible. If you haven’t read it lately, do so now.
In Acts 2 is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies from Isaiah 2 and a similar one in Micah 4. Continue reading
Several years ago Reader’s Digest told about a company who mailed out some special advertising cards with a mustard seed glued to it and the following caption:
“If you have faith as small as this mustard seed in (our particular product), you are guaranteed to get excellent results and be totally satisfied.”
A few months later one recipient of this promotional piece responded to the company with this note: Continue reading
William Maxwell Aitken, known as Lord Beaverbrook, was a British newspaper publisher in the first half of the 20th century. One day in the washroom of his London club he happened to meet Edward Heath, then a young member of Parliament, about whom he had printed an insulting editorial a few days earlier.
“My dear chap,” said Aitken, who embarrassed by the encounter, “I’ve been thinking it over, and I was wrong. Here and now I wish to apologize.” Continue reading
In a recent interview with an atheist journalist, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis reportedly said that unbelievers don’t go to hell, hell doesn’t exist, instead, their souls are annihilated.
“Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and go among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. There is no hell – there is the disappearance of sinful souls,” the Pope allegedly claimed. Continue reading
A retired couple decided that they should walk two miles a day to stay in shape. They chose to walk a mile out on a lonely country road so they would have no choice but to walk back.
At the one-mile mark on their first venture, the man asked his wife, “Do you think you can make it back all right, or are you too tired?”
“Oh, no,” she said. “I’m not tired. I can make it fine.” Continue reading
A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar for church
“Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself,” she told the girl.
When they were coming out of church, the mother asked her daughter which amount she had given. Continue reading
Last Sunday night NBC televised live the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, the adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s 1970 musical stage play.
The storyline is told from the point of view of Judas Iscariot. In the opening song, Heaven on their Minds, Judas is speaking to Jesus and says.
“Jesus! You’ve started to believe
The things they say of you
You really do believe
This talk of God is true. Continue reading
The late Celestine Sibley was an American author and journalist who wrote a regular column for the Atlanta Constitution for many years. She also wrote 25 books including the award-winning, Children, My Children.
Sibley tells about once taking her three children to a diner for breakfast one morning. It was crowded and they had to take separate seats at the counter. Eight-year-old Mary was seated at the far end of the counter and when her food was served she called down to her mother in a loud voice, “Mother, don’t people say grace in this place?” Continue reading
Hudson Taylor was a 19th-century British missionary who spent 51 years in China. On one voyage as they neared the channel between the southern Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra, Taylor heard an urgent knock on his stateroom door. He opened it, and there stood the captain of the ship.
“Mr. Taylor,” he said, “we have no wind. We are drifting toward an island where the people are heathen, and I fear they are cannibals.”
“What can I do?” asked Taylor. Continue reading