Stephen Hawking, the renown physicist, and avowed atheist died Wednesday.
Hawking, who was 76, wasn’t expected to live past age 25. When he was 21 he was diagnosed with ALS, the incurable neurodegenerative disease. Although he beat the odds for more than 50 years he once said that he “lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,” Continue reading
New Yorker Roger Pasquier has an unusual hobby. The retired ornithologist has a keen eye for spotting dropped coins.
Since he began this strange hobby late in 1980’s Pasquier has found almost $2,000 worth of coins dropped on the New York City’s sidewalks.
In recent years he has developed some specific strategies to help him find and keep track of the coins he collects. He avoids eye contact with other pedestrians. He hovers outside of bars where careless drunk people drop money. Continue reading
A Pew Research Center Poll revealed that for the first time a majority of Americans say it is possible to be a good person without religious beliefs.
The poll conducted in June and July surveyed 5,000 American adults and found that 56% said that “God is not a prerequisite for good values and morality,” according to Greg Smith, Pew’s associate director of research. Smith attributed this response to the increased number of Americans who are religious “nones,” that is they have no religious affiliation. Continue reading
As Houstonians and South Texans are in recovery mode from the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Irma is barrelling through the Carribean taking lives and leaving destruction in her wake. And now she’s taking aim at Florida
Following Irma is Hurricane Jose that is predicted to reek future destruction on some of the same islands in just a few days. Continue reading
Filed under God, Providence
Several years ago Dr. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertforshire in England did a serious study to determine the world’s funniest joke. Over 40,000 jokes were submitted. Rated. And judged.
The experiment demonstrated that people in different parts of the world have varying tastes in humor. Americans like jokes with a character who’s made to look stupid. New Zealanders, Australians and Brits prefer jokes involving word play. Germans had no preference in jokes.
But, here’s the joke that won first place regardless of gender, geography or age. Continue reading
This morning when I turned on my computer, this random screen saver appeared, pictured above. The caption reads: “You’re looking at a spiral galaxy containing upwards of 400 billion stars and 100 billion planets. Ahhh….”
Immediately my mind went to one of the great verses of the Bible, Psalm 19:1-2. “The heavens declare the glory of God, And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.” Continue reading
Last night it was my pleasure to be with my friends Mark and Judy Broyles and the brethren in Bulverde, Texas, to speak at their summer lecture series. Their theme has been “Our Passion for Spiritual Growth.” And my topic was “Passionate about God.”
“It certainly is mysterious, this word passion,” writes Gordon MacDonald in his excellent book Renewing Your Spiritual Passion. “It is hard to measure and difficult to pin down. But you know when you have it, and you are quite aware when you don’t. Continue reading