20 Quadrillion

20 Quadrillion Ants. Quadrillion comes after trillion1. That makes 25 million ants for every one of the 8billion people on earth! Having lived with, been bitten, and then murdered many fire ants, my first thought was… if the ants turn on us, we are doomed! But my next thought was of Antman and the Garden […]

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The New Colossus

Common phrases arise and become slogans, taking on new meaning. To “make America great” has always had meaning. But now it means something very specific. Just as the idea that “America is a Christian nation” has often been said, but each generation interprets it differently. Both of these phrases today are tied up in a […]

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A back entrance to our fellowship hall opens off the adult classroom hallway. Rather than swing 180° to lay flat against the wall, it stops menacingly pointed at the oncoming hallway traffic. This has driven me bonkers for years. But I am not sure anyone else cares. Why aren’t we all the same? Of course, […]

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Into Plowshares

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. (Isaiah 2:4) There is an old saying, “don’t bring a knife to a gunfight“. Not getting into many fights I have never worried about applying this pithy expression. But this summer our kids are learning about Ephesians 6 and the armor of […]

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We bought patio furniture for Meg’s birthday. The boxes were too bulky and heavy to carry around back, so I opened them in the driveway and the kids carried pieces. Ivy was on trip two, while Phoebe slowly meandered with her first piece. I was soon ranting, “if you don’t beat Ivy back you are […]

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