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Jesus was with His disciples for the last time prior to the cross.  They had left the upper room, left the east gate of Jerusalem, crossed the Kidron and were nearing the garden when He saw a vine growing along a stone wall.   Gathering His...

The first part of John 21 is a message for our time.  The economy not only of our nation but the world continues to spiral downwards with little hope for the rest of this calendar year.  Millions of people are unemployed and losing their homes. ...

Today I gave a midterm in my Human Development class.  While I do not necessarily enjoy giving exams I do enjoy the hour and a half of sitting and looking at each of my students. That is difficult to do when I am lecturing so...

One of my favorite authors speaks of the purpose of education as preparation for service in this world and for wider service in the world to come.  Long have I considered the concept of service in the world to come.  To me an act of...

Communication is without a doubt one of the most challenging tasks of humanity.  Wars are started because of miscommunication.  Marriages are shattered because of miscommunication.  Parents and children stop talking because of miscommunication. Today in the twenty-first century we have so many tools for communicating. ...

I was observing one of our student teachers practice teaching in a local 3rd grade.  I was sitting in the back of the room and noticed one little guy giving me the eye. Finally he got up from his desk, came back and asked, "Who are...

Ecclesiastes 1:18 says, "In much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow."   This is part of Solomon's dissertation on the futility of life.  The more we know about the world the more we learn of man's inhumanity to man.  The more...

The Chilean earthquake, the seventh largest on record at 8.8, has shifted the axis of the earth.  It is estimated by geologists that our days may now be 1.26 microseconds shorter.  This is much like a figure skater tightly hugging herself and thus spinning faster,...

While literally sandbagging the basement door of my home last week to stop a minor flood I got to wondering about the meaning of the expression "to sandbag someone."   I discovered the following, "To downplay or misrepresent one's ability in order to deceive someone."   I...

Situations are created by a multitude of little things.  Often it is difficult to explain why something happened without a long dissertation of things that are almost inconsequential but are indeed not inconsequential. It snowed.  Okay.  No big deal.  It snows in New England.  We expect...