Several years ago the Smithsonian Magazine ran an article about the German-born mathematical and electrical engineering genius, Charles Steinmetz.
The author related a story that Henry Ford once called Steinmetz to his plant to solve a generator problem that his engineers couldn’t fix. Steinmetz rejected all assistance asked for a notebook, pencil, and a cot. For two straight days and nights, he listened to the generator and scribbled computations on a notepad. Continue reading
People love lists. We write task lists. Gift lists. Grocery lists. Project lists. And wish lists.
Lists are an easy way to help us remember things that are important. To prod us. To incentivize us. And to keep track of what is really important in life. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I enjoyed communion with the brethren in Wellandport, Ontario, Canada, where we will be based for the summer.
We typically use the word “communion” to refer to the Lord’s supper, as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 10:16. While the procedure for the communion service is a bit different with the Canadian brethren, the message and meaning was unchanged. Continue reading
Tim Hansel in his book Holy Sweat tells a story about Jimmy Durante, one of the great entertainers of a generation ago.
Durante was asked to be a part of a show for World War II veterans. He told them his schedule was very busy and he could afford only a few minutes, but if they wouldn’t mind his doing one short monologue and immediately leaving for his next appointment, he would come. Of course, the show’s director agreed happily. But when Jimmy got on stage, something interesting happened.
There’s an old story about the preacher asked to teach a young boys’ Bible Class in the absence of the regular teacher. So He decided to find out how much they knew about the bible.
After asking a few simple questions like, “Who made the earth, sun and stars?” he asked them, “Who knocked down the walls of Jericho?”
All the boys acknowledged their ignorance. None of them could tell him who knocked down the walls of Jericho. Continue reading
The famed Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who died in 1950, made this request regarding his funeral and burial.
“My religious convictions and scientific views cannot at present be more specifically defined than as those of a believer in creative evolution. I desire that no public monument or work of art or inscription or sermon or ritual service commemorating me shall suggest that I accepted the tenets peculiar to any established church or denomination nor take the form of a cross or any other instrument of torture or symbol of blood sacrifice.”
When we think of Heroes of Faith our minds go to Hebrews 11. We think of Abel. Enoch. Noah. Abraham. Isaac. Jacob. Joseph. Moses. And Joshua. Their stories are well known. We preach sermons about them. And model them as examples of faith to our children in VBS.
However, this morning I am reading about some other faithful heroes.
Epaenetus. Andronicus. Junia. Amplias. Urbanus. And Stachys. Recognize any of them? Continue reading