March 26, 2017

In elementary school, my friend John Gentz would take out his eye and show it to me on the playground.  John’s real eyes were removed at age three during a surgery for cancer.  I was equally horrified and fascinated by the glass eye and the hole it left in his face whe...

March 19, 2017

One of my favorite TV commercials from the 1970s showed a man crawling through desert sand, dragging a suitcase.  He looked thoroughly parched and desperately thirsty.  Just when it seemed that he could go no further, a stranger appeared and offered a canteen of water....

March 12, 2017

The first time I saw someone die, I was twenty-one years old.  The youth group I started during my first year as a pastor included a boy named Rod.  He was fourteen years old, and one day, a week or so before Easter, he came down with a bad flu.  His parents gave him t...

March 5, 2017

Did you see the Academy Awards?  I saw about half before I drifted off to sleep on the couch and missed the surprise ending.  I did see the Oscar presentation for Best Visual Effects that went to the newest Hollywood version of Jungle Book.  I saw the movie this weeken...

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