What's Hiding in Your Wallet? May 16, 2022

It's easy for people of faith (me included) to hear about Bible teachings on money as yada, yada, yada. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Yawn. "Retail therapy." Yeah!

But just like the person living next to the railroad tracks eventually becomes so accustomed to the...

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Do You Know the Real Root of "Save the Planet!" May 09, 2022

Please Pass the...Salt?

In March 1930, a 60 year old man began a 240 mile hike to the Arabian Sea, accompanied by about 12 friends. Along the route he addressed crowds of various sizes, telling them about the trek’s purpose and inviting them to come along. By the time he reached the coastal...

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Please Pass the Comf, er, Casserole May 02, 2022

What possible connection exists between Jesus’ promise to his disciples in John 15:26 and a stove?

First, you’re going to need to step into your sixth-grade school shoes -- just for a minute. Ready? Good! Find which one doesn’t belong in this set. Chicken soup. Green bean...

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What Do You, Play-Doh’s® Creators, and the B&O Team Have in Common? Apr 25, 2022

Ever heard someone say (maybe you?), “I’m not creative!”? Au contraire! Genesis 1:1 doesn’t record, “In the beginning God loved…” but “In the beginning God created!” The first thing God tells us about himself is that he’s a creator. And...

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Ever Feel Like a Pushmi-Pullyu? Apr 18, 2022

"They had no tail, but a head at each end, and sharp horns on each head. They were very shy and terribly hard to catch. The men get most of their animals by sneaking up behind them while they are not looking. But you could not do this with the pushmi-pullyu—because, no matter which way you...

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Brainwashing is Good for You! Apr 11, 2022

What do these stories have in common? “Rip Van Winkle,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “Inception?” Sleep! For some people, however, sleeping is a nightmare. Or rather, not sleeping, better known as insomnia.

In the 1980’s, a...

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Dwelling, Dining, and Duds Apr 04, 2022

Do you pray before your meals? If you say a version of the familiar, “Thank you, God, for this food and the hands that prepared it,” you may want to add: “Please remove any deadly toxins.” In the United States alone, in the last three decades these foods (and more) have...

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Pig Hearts and Velveteen Rabbits Mar 28, 2022

On January 10th of this year, 2022, amidst the Covid-19 surge dominating the news and monopolizing hospital facilities, medical history occurred in Maryland. David Bennett, terminally ill, had his chest sawn open and heart replaced with one from the animal species, Sus scrofa. The same source as...

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What's the Greatest Superpower of All? Mar 21, 2022

Cream pies posed under thick white curls of meringue, arranged to attract the shyest of visitors. Their cousins, plump with fruit, scorned such fussiness and sat content covered with simple strips of crust. A few fancied a bit of sparkle and shone with sugar drops sprinkled atop the amber pastry...

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Place Value: Just for Math? Mar 14, 2022

Remember learning basic math? How a “5” in the one’s column had less value than the exact same digit in the “hundreds” column. Why? Place determined value! Numerals can teach life principles in addition to math rules.    

In 1930 an infant was born in...

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What’d You Call Me? Mar 08, 2022

I owe my name to the U.S. Postal Service.

A month premature at a time that meant a low probability of survival, I spent the first two weeks of life in a hospital incubator. When I was finally released to go home, I was sent home nameless. Yes, this was against hospital policy, but my parents...

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Designed or Derived: What's the Difference? Mar 01, 2022

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to a woodworking mystery, still captivating and mystifying engineers, architects, and carpenters with its construction.

The Loretto Chapel was commissioned in 1873 and completed five years later, although with no way to access the choir loft. The nuns consulted with...

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