Thrilled by Francis’ Call to Mission
Mar14

Thrilled by Francis’ Call to Mission

Words spoken by the new Roman Catholic leader, Pope Francis 1, in an informal homily delivered to the College of Cardinals today, thrilled me. (Thrilled is not one of my usual verbs. But that’s exactly how I felt.) From The Los Angeles Times account of the Mass at which Francis preached: Stressing the power of prayer, Francis told the cardinals, “He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don’t...

Read More
The 3 Things Holding Up John Brennan’s Nomination
Mar04

The 3 Things Holding Up John Brennan’s Nomination

Here. One wonders how long a shadow these three things will cast on history’s evaluation of the Obama Administration, not to mention policy decisions taken by future administrations. [My personal blog is here.]

Read More
The Inspiring Story of ‘Curiosity’s Landing on Mars
Feb09

The Inspiring Story of ‘Curiosity’s Landing on Mars

NASA’s compelling video about Curiosity‘s final seven minutes before landing on the surface of Mars is exciting to watch! Here’s a Spencer Michels’ report on the Mars lander as presented on this past Friday’s PBS News Hour. Watch New Discoveries From NASA’s ‘Curiosity’ Rover’s Mars Mission on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour. [For the rest of my take on Curiosity and...

Read More
That Dodge Ad
Feb03

That Dodge Ad

Here’s a video of the Dodge truck ad shown during the Super Bowl. Here, from this Christian’s perspective, is what I think of it. Quick summary: I don’t like it.

Read More
Meet George Jetson
Feb01

Meet George Jetson

Twelve concept devices we can only wish were for real. Very cool!

Read More
Long-Time Users of Violent Video Games More Aggressive
Feb01

Long-Time Users of Violent Video Games More Aggressive

Previous research has shown a link between extended use of violent video games and increased aggression and anger by players. But now a new study conducted at The Ohio State University confirms it: [Read the rest of the post...

Read More
Did You Hear the One About the Angry Pastor and the Restaurant Server Who Went Viral?
Feb01

Did You Hear the One About the Angry Pastor and the Restaurant Server Who Went Viral?

My buddy, Steve Sjogren, first alerted me to the image of a receipt on which a pastor refused to leave a tip because she already gave 10% to God. He suggested I might want to blog on the story. Since then, I’ve learned more of the details: A Friday night meal at Applebee’s resulted in more than either the customer or a waitress working that night bargained for after a pastor’s refusal to pay a tip was shared online. Though the...

Read More
That “Presidential Grub” is Resilient Stuff
Jan30

That “Presidential Grub” is Resilient Stuff

Ann Althouse makes it plain that she thinks departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was shooting less than straight when she said that isn’t presently inclined to run for the presidency in 2016. Althouse asked her readers to “assess the degree of [baloney]” (my translation) in Clinton’s statement. But I don’t think one can assess Clinton too much blame for being disingenuous about her White House...

Read More
Do You Get Facebook Envy?
Jan24

Do You Get Facebook Envy?

Have you ever trolled through your news feed on Facebook, observed the seemingly perfect lives of your “friends” and felt that your own life wasn’t as fulfilling as theirs? If you’ve had such feelings, it appears you’re not alone. A study conducted jointly by two German universities found rampant envy on Facebook, the world’s largest social network that now has over one billion users and has...

Read More
Any Thoughts on This Ad?
Jan22

Any Thoughts on This Ad?

Let me know in the comments.

Read More
One Congregation’s Prayers for President Obama’s Inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend
Jan20

One Congregation’s Prayers for President Obama’s Inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

Here. To the extent you may want to, I hope that you can join in this prayer. God bless our President.

Read More
Seinfeld Was Wrong; I Was Interested in This
Jan12

Seinfeld Was Wrong; I Was Interested in This

Despite his prediction at the beginning, I was interested in this interview Jerry Seinfeld gave to The New York Times. I’ve always found his bits funny, but confession time: I’ve never watched a single episode of the Seinfeld sitcom. [Read the whole post...

Read More
“Can You Limit Your Sitting and Sleeping to Just 23-1/2 Hours a Day?”
Jan11

“Can You Limit Your Sitting and Sleeping to Just 23-1/2 Hours a Day?”

That’s the question Dr. Mike Evans asks at the end of this 9-1/2 minute video which, in a compelling, fun, and content-rich format, gives us all plenty of “food” for thought and may incite us to get off our duffs to walk for a half-hour a day. Watching the video is required for members of the insurance plan to which clergy who wish to get some health discounts. (Good idea, huh?) But I’d have watched the video...

Read More
Swonk Summarizes Latest Jobs Numbers
Jan05

Swonk Summarizes Latest Jobs Numbers

If you caught Diane Swonk’s appearance on CNN earlier this afternoon, you caught most of this. But, here, on her company’s blog site, she gives a good snapshot of the latest jobs numbers and their implications for the overall economy. She’s very good at doing this. Her bottom line: The labor market continues to heal, but at too slow of a pace to reengage the long-term unemployed and the young. This, along with the...

Read More
“They could spend seven hours a day doing that?”
Jan04

“They could spend seven hours a day doing that?”

This video is from a few years back, but it’s worth viewing again. McCullough’s response to the last question is the clincher. By the way, The Greater Journey, the McCullough book which occupies most of the attention in this interview is fantastic! Thanks to my son for sending out the link to this video.   [This has been cross-posted at my personal...

Read More
Who Are These “Celebrities”?
Jan03

Who Are These “Celebrities”?

Saw this magazine cover while shopping today at Costco. The cover says it has the scoop on, “What Tore Them Apart.” My first thought? “Who are they?” I wasn’t interested enough in learning who they are to do a Google search. It just struck me what our celebrity culture has come to. Once upon a time, there were a few people who were celebrities: leaders in government and other institutions, a handful of...

Read More
3 Lessons Learned from My Recent Health Issues
Jan03

3 Lessons Learned from My Recent Health Issues

[This was prepared to be shared with the people of the Logan Cancer Recovery Group this evening.] Since my last visit with you several years ago, a few things have happened in my life. In 2010, I suffered a heart attack that took out 40% of my heart. Since then, a stent was implanted in an artery that had been 100% blocked and in 2011, as a precautionary measure, I received a defibrillator/pacemaker. Also in 2011, a small spot of...

Read More
Any Questions?
Jan02

Any Questions?

This from the Harvard Business Review‘s Daily Stat. Draw your own conclusions. JANUARY 2, 2013 Fatal Heart Attacks Decline When Workplaces Go Smoke-Free U.S. states that impose workplace smoking bans covering the entire population can expect to see about 70 fewer fatal heart attacks annually, on average, among workers ages 25 to 54, in comparison with states having no workplace smoking bans, says a team led by Scott Adams of the...

Read More
Congress: Govern
Jan01

Congress: Govern

In the early chapters of their book, The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America, James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn explain how Theodore Roosevelt came to be the first Rooseveltian “traitor to his class,” by descending from the lofty heights of inherited social position and entering the rough world of elective politics. According to Burns and Dunn, the impulse to reform was shared by many other...

Read More
Snow in the Church Garden
Dec29

Snow in the Church Garden

Like many others last night, we got snow here in southeastern Ohio, our first significant accumulation of the season. I took this video of the church garden at 7:30 this morning. To me, it’s beautiful enough for you to ignore the creaking of the wood floor as I shift my weight around and the sound of my wife busily washing a pan in the kitchen downstairs. Enjoy! [My personal blog is...

Read More
Page 1 of 1812345...1015...Last »