Children At Heart

Pat Roberts is a former U.S. Senator and former Marine captain.  Behind the dry, stoic demeanor, Pat Roberts seems to have a softer, childish side.  Several years ago, he was in the middle of an (*cough cough*) extremely exciting and invigorating Senate Finance Committee hearing on U.S. tariff policy.  As this riveting discussion was taking…

The Fallstreak Hole

The older we become the more amazing things we get to see. We’ve stood in awe of waterfalls, mountains, and canyons. We’ve trembled before tornados, tsunamis, and volcanoes. With the accessibility of social media, it can feel like we’ve pretty much seen it all, and then God shows us something new and incredible. The rare…

A Hurricane is Coming

“A man who lived on Long Island was able one day to satisfy a lifelong ambition by purchasing for himself a very fine barometer. When the instrument arrived at his home, he was extremely disappointed to find that the indicating needle appeared to be stuck, pointing to the sector marked ‘HURRICANE.’  After shaking the barometer…

Pulling On Both Oars

“An old Scotsman operated a little rowboat where he transported passengers. One day a passenger noticed that the old man had words carved on each oar. On one was the word ‘Faith,’ and on the other, the word ‘Works.’ Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man happily replied, ‘I’ll show…

Are We Who We Say We Are?

“Paul Gustave Doré, a renowned artist, lost his passport while traveling in Europe.  When he came to a border crossing, he explained his predicament to one of the guards.  Giving his name to the official, Doré hoped he would be recognized and allowed to pass.  The guard, however, said that many people attempted to cross…

How Smart Are We?

If we take a step back, it’s easy to see we have become incredibly knowledgeable over the years. If we displayed just how smart we have become on a graph, perhaps it would look something like this. Up to 1845 = 1 inch. 1845 to 1945 = 3 inches. 1945 to 1976 = the height…

The Bible Used As A Bookmark

Over the summer, I served as a counselor at our local church camp. At the end of the week, I did the usual final clean-up and pack-up. I took out the trash, vacuumed the floors, and checked all the nooks and crannies for left-behind items. As I checked under the bed I found something odd…

Handling the Pressure

(William Beebe (pictured left) and Frederick Otis Barton, Jr. standing next to the bathysphere) For ages, people have wondered what was on the ocean floor.  On August 15, 1934, Otis Barton and William Beebe came closer than ever before. On that day, they descended to a depth of 3,028 feet into the dark ocean, a…

The Damaged Wing

Movies featuring plane problems and crashes have struck fear into many hearts. As a result, some dread looking out the window in fear of noticing a problem with the plane. Years ago, a passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight looked out the window and noticed that a chunk was missing from the wing! Even worse…

The Golden Box

A Chinese legend tells of some cultured gentlemen who often met to exchange wisdom and drink tea.  Each host tried to impress the guests with the finest and most costly teas.  When it came time for the most esteemed and respected one of the group to entertain, he served what appeared to be a truly…