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…

The Boundary

Like most Colorado ski resorts, Breckenridge has some restricted ski areas. For some, the fresh, untouched powder is just too much of a temptation. Years ago a few skiers decided to risk it, despite the large, distinct signs which read, “Danger! Ski Area Boundary!” A few minutes later they had triggered an avalanche and were…