Four hundred years ago this week, on September 16, 1620, the people we now know as "Pilgrims" set out from Plymouth for the New World, seeking relief from religious persecution in their home country. Every Thanksgiving, children don paper hats and cardboard bonnets to reenact the life of these settlers after their arrival. Their difficult … Continue reading From Plymouth to Plymouth
Ah, September. The air is growing crisp (well, as crisp as it gets in southern New Mexico). Children are heading back to school. Football stadiums are filling. Local restaurants are packed with friends and neighbors enjoying the fruits of fall. Except none of that is happening. Because it's 2020. The year that everything just...wasn't. And … Continue reading Don’t Look Back
Happy Birthday to the United States of America! Wait...what? America's birthday is generally accepted to be July 4. Independence Day. A day filled with hot dogs, fireworks, and flags. The day our founding fathers banded together to declare independence from Great Britain, marking the end of colonial rule and the birth of a new … Continue reading Will the REAL Independence Day Please Stand Up?
It's that time of year again. A time of simultaneous joy and dread, elation and despair, all depending on which side of the fence you sit. Summer. Break. That too-long but oh-so-short hiatus in school schedules and homework, book reports and science projects, early mornings and jam-packed afternoons. It's weeks upon weeks of bare feet, … Continue reading It’s All The Farmers’ Fault…Again!
On May 22, 337, a man entered baptismal waters, publicly declaring his faith in Jesus Christ. And while all baptisms are a momentous occasions, this particular one not only changed the life of the one exiting the water, it also inspired a marked change in direction for an entire land, an entire people, and ultimately … Continue reading The Baptism Heard ‘Round the World
I am a news junkie. Always have been. As a kid, I remember watching the evening news with my dad. I didn't understand a lot of it, but something about being "in the know" pulled me in and made me feel special. I made up my mind that I was going to be the next … Continue reading Solomon and CNN
The Silesia region of Central Europe encompasses an area mainly in modern-day Poland, with small parts in the Czech Republic and Germany. A land rich in natural resources, it's one of the world's largest producers of coal, and minerals such as iron, lead, copper, silver, and gold have been found within its borders. Limestone and … Continue reading The Surrender That Somehow Wasn’t
This week we're continuing our look at the story of Jonah and how the story of an ancient prophet swallowed by a whale is somehow very much relative in this time of a global pandemic. God is pretty amazing, isn't He? Anyway, when last we left Jonah, he had been vomited out of the belly … Continue reading Quarantined in the Belly of a Fish: Part Two
"Who did? Who did? Who did? Who did? Who did swallow Jo-Jo-Jonah?" Even non-believers or those not raised on a steady diet of VBS and Sunday school songs could name Jonah, the runaway prophet who was swallowed by a whale. BUT, just for fun, let's do a quick recap: God commanded Jonah, one of His … Continue reading Quarantined in the Belly of a Fish
It's an image as synonymous with the Dirty Thirties as dust: the hobo. Hopping the rails, scrounging for food, lounging on street corners with a tin cup or brown paper bag on their laps. In our minds, they are bedraggled, faces covered with stubble, carrying all their belongings in a handkerchief tied to a stick, … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the American Hobo