Today is Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day commemorating the end of WWI on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918.
In 1921 The United States laid to rest an American soldier, “his name known only to God”, on a Virginia hillside overlooking Washington D.C. and the Potomac River. The site was called “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” which is located in Arlington National Cemetery, where there will be a special wreath-laying ceremony today. Continue reading
Sunday there began a call from several theologically diverse religious groups to pray for “political civility” during the 2020 Presidential election, which will occur exactly one year from yesterday.
Identified as “Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics,” the prayer campaign is overseen by the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse and Theo Brown, the director for their Faith-Based Programs. Continue reading
You may remember David Bloom, the Today show co-host on weekends, who died in 2003 while covering Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Bloom, however, did not die from injuries sustained in conflict, but rather of a pulmonary embolism. This condition occurs among those who sit for long periods of time, and Bloom spent most of his time in a cramped Army vehicle. Continue reading
Today in Washington D.C. there is no Columbus Day. The D.C. Council voted to replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It’s a temporary move they hope to make permanent.
This trend is gaining popularity in many states. Of course, Columbus Day is about as popular today in the media as the NFL Washington Redskins. Yet, tearing down and denying our history does not change history. Continue reading
This week finds us in Denton, Texas, where I’m preaching in a meeting at the Eastside church. It’s wonderful to be back in an area where we lived and worked and to see so many of our friends again.
Last night, in connection with our theme, “Developing the Mind of Christ,” we discussed the concept of surrender. It’s a word that has a negative connotation. But it deserves our consideration. And a larger audience. Continue reading
I’m writing this post at 33,000 feet onboard a Southwest jet on the way to Philadelphia.
Southwest prides themselves on being a fun and friendly airline with low fares. And, of course, bags fly free. They also have a culture that promotes working together as a team. Think of all the people necessary to get us from Tampa to Philly. Besides pilots, flight engineers and flight attendants are the baggage handlers, ticket agents, and customer service reps. And many others behind the scenes working in offices to ensure everything runs smoothly. Continue reading
Jim Valvano was one of the most colorful college basketball coaches in the 1980’s when he coached the North Carolina State Wolfpack. He may be most remembered for his ecstatic celebration after winning the national champion with their improbable victory against the heavy favored Houston Cougars.
While suffering from terminal spinal cancer at the age or 47, Valvano was interviewed by Sports Illustrated reporter, Gary Smith. He looked back on his life and told a story about himself as a 23-year-old coach of a small college team.
“Why is winning so important to you?” the players asked Valvano. Continue reading