“Half of the apartments in New York City are occupied by single individuals.”
Listening to To the Best of our Knowledge on NPR this morning, that phrase jumped out at me. The topic for the morning was loneliness and solitude, and for the most part, the comments were interesting if predictable. Yes, our culture has made us lonelier than we’ve been in the past. No, there is no difference between men and women – both genders are equally lonely, though (again, predictably) men tend to be less likely Continue reading →
I was walking from one dorm building to another to meet up with some friends a few winters ago, fresh snow falling thickly as I crossed the courtyard. I was texting one of these friends when I abruptly collided with a white van…a parked vehicle. I quickly looked around to make sure no one had seen me walk into the van, when I noticed that someone was sitting in the driver’s seat! I might have imagined it, but I think he was laughing. Mortified, I hurried away, vowing to pay better attention in the future. Continue reading →
Calvin of Bill Watterson’s famous comic has a few iconic lines, such as “It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring!” This is exactly how I picture scientific research, especially in the field of ecology. Our home is so immense, so complex, and there’s so much to discover! The more we know, the more we marvel at God’s handiwork.
In this season of renewal and resolutions, we have high hopes for the coming year, and expectations of change and growth. In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul writes from prison, urging the church at Philippi to not become stagnant, but to continue to make progress in their faith. He writes,
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal,but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Continue reading →
Pop quiz: which word appears more frequently in the Bible: grace or lion?
According to a simple search on Biblegateway.com, the word “grace” is used 125 times in Scripture. “Lion” is used almost as frequently, with 119 occurrences. Isn’t it fascinating that lions feature so prominently in stories and imagery of the Bible? The lion must have held a prominent place in the imaginations and memories of the ancient Israelites and Gentiles; otherwise, Continue reading →
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