Readings of the Day Perhaps the most dramatic scene in the Lord of the Rings is when Minas Tirith’s gates have been broken. They’re fighting in the streets of the city, things are at their darkest, all seems lost, and in the distance, the horns of the North are heard. The Rohirrim have arrived, and […]

Readings of the Day When I was growing up, we had some sheep. We didn’t have a lot of them, maybe only 30 at the most, but we had a few. They aren’t terribly high maintenance animals, but you have to keep an eye on them. You can’t let them into a wheat field or […]

Readings of the Day On an August evening in 1921, a prominent New York lawyer and politician went to bed with what he thought was a cold caught swimming a couple of days earlier. The next morning, his knees were weak and the next day, he wasn’t able to stand or walk on his own. […]

In honor of April 1, I submit this bit of humor I first ran across when I was an undergraduate. I swear it was pinned to the bulletin board at CMC (now CMU) around Annual Conference time in the mid-1970s, but I haven’t tracked down its origin. Fortunately, a Google search turned up the content […]

Readings of the Day Taking a walk with a friend can be more than exercise. Walking together is a way of sharing spirits. Whatever you see, you see together. Whatever you hear, you hear together. Whatever you encounter, you encounter together. Walking together is an opportunity to talk that is unhurried; there can be great […]

Readings of the Day Just after world War I, there was a great need for medical personnel in Europe. Several American nurses went to Poland, and one went to a small town and became very beloved for her kind and compassionate work there. She stayed in that town until she died, and when it came […]

Readings of the Day Prodigal Son is a parable we can relate to, especially the first part. It’s one of the most famous stories in the Bible, and repeated time and time again. As we look at it, there are details we can miss, that’s how rich and powerful it is. The parable is an […]


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