One Tree, Forty Kinds Of Fruit

It has been given the name “Frankenstein tree,” and for good reason.  This tree produced 40 different varieties of fruit, some of which include cherries, peaches, nectarines, and apricots.  Van Aken is the “mad scientist” behind these vegetation monstrosities.  He can craft these trees through a process known as grafting.  To put it simply, grafting…

The Boundary

The fathers of New York City were trying to plan for growth. They figured the city was going to grow, but they just weren’t sure how much. So, they decided to go on the generous side and give themselves more room than they thought they would ever need. The city already had six or seven…

Noble-Minded

One of the greatest compliments ever given in scripture is found in Acts 17. When Paul and Silas arrived in the area of Berea, they made an awesome observation about these people, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see…

It’s Good To Be Here

We may not be led up to a mountain with Jesus. We may not have the Lord transfigured before us. We may not have Moses and Elijah appear in front of our very eyes. There are very few similarities to that very unique and special occasion, and yet at the 2015 Lectureship we can still…

Happiness Isn’t Always Sunny

In northern Chile, there is a narrow strip of land with majestic views. It lies between the Andes Mountain and the Pacific Ocean. The weather is almost always perfectly sunny. Morning after morning brings a beautiful sunny day to illuminate the towering mountains. Evenings often display incredible sunsets. Even though storms can be seen out…

I’ve Learned Enough

In the course of their conversation at a dinner party, Albert Einstein’s young neighbor asked the white-haired scientist, “What are you actually by profession?”  “I devote myself to the study of physics,” Einstein replied.  The girl looked at him in astonishment. “You mean to say you study physics at your age?” she exclaimed. “I finished…

A 20-Year-Old in a Toddler’s Body

Meet Brooke Greenburg (left) and her mother Melanie (right).  Believe it or not, Brook was born in 1993 and recently turned twenty years old.  Sadly, before the age of five Brook completely stopped growing and developing.  She weighs 16 pounds and is 20 inches tall.  She has to wear diapers, be fed through a tube…

Elementary My Dear Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip.  As they lay down for the night, Holmes said, “Watson, look up and tell me what you see.”  Watson said, “I see millions and millions of stars.”  Holmes asked, “And what does that tell you?”  Watson replied, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions…

The Quarterback That Only Knew 15 Plays

Being a Denver Broncos fan, it pains me to say that the Oakland Raiders have had a respectable season this year.  Last week the Raiders brought in quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals.  Palmer has had a decent career but hadn’t played in a while.  Not to mention that had only been with the…