Courage of our convictions

Elmer Charles Bigelow had the courage of his convictions. The 25-year-old from Hebron, Illinois, enlisted in the US Navy at the beginning of WWII, and after training was assigned to the USS Fletcher, a destroyer that was part of the US Pacific fleet. During fighting in the Philippines, the Fletcher ... Continue reading

An Easter dialogue

I was late when I walked through the door. I spotted him after a quick scan of the little clutches of coffee drinkers, sitting alone at the back of the room. He'd seen me right away, of course, and lifted his head slightly in recognition.I purchased my drink and made my way to the table. He had ... Continue reading

Behind the rescue at the Sago Mine

I have no friends, no family, no acquaintances in Tallmansville, West Virginia. But over the past few days, as the Sago Coal Mine disaster has unfolded, I have prayed for the trapped miners and their families.Prayer is a faith response to tragedy. Christians often turn to prayer at such times, ... Continue reading

The longest day

It is the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the assault on the beaches of Normandy, France, where 160,000 Allied soldiers clawed their way through Nazi-occupied strongholds and began the liberation of Europe. On Monday, go to your local library and check out Cornelius Ryan's classic account of that ... Continue reading

The cup of Christ

When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, there was a brief display of bravado by Peter. He withdrew his sword and slashed off the ear of the servant of the Chief Priest, proving that Peter, for all of his tough guy persona, wasn't much of a swordsman.Here's Jesus' response: Put back ... Continue reading

What’s love got to do with it?

What's love got to do with it? What's love but a second-hand emotion? —Tina Turner. The Russian cobbler was so poor, he and his wife shared a single coat, and it was tattered and threadbare. In his pocket was their life's savings—three kopeks. A farmer owed him another five, and so, he had braved ... Continue reading