Are You Smarter Than an Atheist?

GSN (formerly the Game Show Network) has stolen the title I’d hoped to use for a history of the U.S. for a new quiz program: The American Bible Challenge. Hosted by now-too-rich-to-be-a-redneck Jeff Foxworthy, the show will let contestants match wits while racking up cash for their favorite charities....

He Will Rise Again

The sweet creamy monstrosity once known as “Big Butter Jesus,” having melted in a lightning-induced inferno in June 2010, is proving true to its namesake: It will rise again. The Solid Rock Church of Monroe, Ohio, has commissioned a replacement statue with features worthy of Lee Majors—52 feet...

A Helping Hand

Whenever we go to confession, we usually only confess the sins that we’ve committed. Yet, how many times do we confess our sins of omission? How many times have we seen others in need of assistance (say, a person who cannot reach an item on the top shelf at the grocery store, or a driver needing to get...

Finding Friends

I had a marvelous experience last week. I found an old college friend and spent an evening catching up. When I say old, perhaps I’m revealing a little too much. Dan and I were classmates at Loyola University in New Orleans in the late ’70s, when each of us was aged about 20. It was 35 years ago,...

Fruits of a New Experience

I had a chance this summer to do something that I had assiduously worked hard to avoid for more than 50 years – blueberry picking. But when visitingVermont, close friends of ours just gushed at their recent weekend excursion to a huge “pick-your-own” blueberry patch. I thought to myself, as I had when...

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