In Alfonso Cuarón’s beautiful film, Gravity, Sandra Bullock is part of a team of US space shuttle astronauts on a mission to repair the Hubble space telescope. As Dr. Ryan Stone, Bullock feels lost on earth, weighed down by grief, loneliness, and gravity. She spends her nights driving aimlessly, ... Continue reading

Emmanuel in Iowa

The candidates are swarming in Iowa like flies on a dead carcass, "pressing the flesh," making speeches in school gymnasiums, holding impromptu press conferences in diners and donut shops. The Washington Post's Campaign Tracker uses Google Maps to pinpoint where your favorite politician is appearing ... Continue reading

Choppin’ cactus in the Kingdom of God

When the President goes to Crawford, Texas, he spends his time choppin' cedar. In the rest of the US, rooting out crabgrass, with an axe, would be the rough equivalent.Prickly pear cactus is our crabgrass here in the Arizona desert. It takes over. Every so often, you have to root it out and haul ... Continue reading

Sara Groves: Add to the Beauty

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants and grows into a tree where birds can come and find shelter in its branches. "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though ... Continue reading

Cross-cultural faith

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! —Matthew 13:45,46, NLT (Jesus speaking) The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she ... Continue reading