The Debt

Albert Brigas is a good employee. He’s hardworking. He’s reliable. He’s been known to show up on days when he is sick. He’s shown himself to be a person of skill and determination. But at 69, this Vietnam veteran has been longing for retirement. He planned to work until he could pay off his mortgage…

The Front Pew

It can be scary. It can be intimidating. It can seem like a mile’s walk away. That first step can be one of the most difficult. And so when someone makes this decision, it thrills me to no end to see what took place this past Sunday. After an extremely timely lesson on procrastination by…

Mostly Christian

When we go to the ballpark, it’s almost a requirement to get a burger or hotdog. Sure, the taste might carry an odd resemblance to cardboard (especially if you let it get cold at all). Yeah, you can almost feel the grease instantly transforming into fat around your waist. We even understand that eating this…

The Pain

Dr. Paul W. Brand was a noted leprosy expert who was especially famous for his surgical accomplishments with lepers in India. One night he became terrified when he noticed he had no feeling in his heel, a sign that he might have contracted leprosy. “He rose mechanically, found a pin, sat down again, and pricked…

The Spider Living In A Man’s Ear

The Chinese man felt discomfort in his ear in the middle of the night but just tried to sleep it off. By morning, the discomfort was still there and he was even hearing noises like someone was beating a drum. Wisely, he went into the doctor right away. Doctor Cui Shulin and his nurses took…

Bear-Sized Problems

A story is told of two hikers who stumbled upon a huge bear. Abandoning all sense and instruction about what they should have done in this situation, they ran for cover. One man climbed a tree while the other hid in a nearby cave. The bear was in no hurry to eat, so he sat…

The Prison

In 1838, a brand new prison was built. It was called “The Tombs.” Ironically, the contractor who built the prison was later found guilty of forgery and sentenced to several years in prison. Which prison? The very prison he had built. As the contractor was escorted into a cell of his own making, he said,…

Lost

“It is an old ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way” (Rollo May). It doesn’t really make sense, but it’s so very true. When we are lost, we tend to run in an attempt find our way again. Instead, all we do is become more lost with every…

The Shredded Suitcase

As the airport carousel begins to churn out the suitcases, there is always that moment of fear. Did your bags make it? Will they come out? Will something be broken? Kristin Horabin and her husband were in this very boat. They watched as bag after bag came out, including her husbands. When Krisitn’s never showed…

Why Salespeople Want You To “Act Now”

When was the last time you saw some type of sales ad? It’s hard to go 5 minutes without being bombarded by some sales pitch. After hearing them for a while, patterns start to show up. For example, the ads almost always tell you to “Act Now!” It should come as no surprise this is…

The Snake Bite

Baburam Jakhar watched the religious ceremony intently. After all, a part of this ceremony involved a snake charmer and a live cobra. Part of the ceremony involved wrapping the cobra around Jakhar’s neck, to which he stood like a statue. However, when this was attempted, the snake struck the side of Jakhar’s head, injecting deadly…

“And I Will Give You Rest”

“Back in 1839, James Espy claimed that rain could easily be produced by heating the air. But his plan to saturate parched farmland by building great log fires across vast stretches of the American West never materialized — for which Espy’s contemporaries were probably grateful! Later in the 19th century, a new theory emerged: loud…

Stinking Deeper

I am a fan of the show Mythbusters. If you’ve never seen it, this show takes common urban myths and scientifically tests them out to see if they are true or false. One interesting myth they tested a while back was if ancient ninjas were able to walk on water with various flotation devices on…

Are You Perfect?

Of course not! Obviously, no one is perfect except for Christ. So what in the world was James talking about in 1:4? He said, “And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” How could one ever be “perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”? The word…

The Flood of Neglect

In 1992, Chicago was every bit as busy as it is today. In a growing and thriving city like this, often times repair projects get put on the back burner. The problem started when the city approved the replacement of support pillars on the Kinzie Street Bridge. Unknown to the workers, there was an old…