This morning I drove to my son’s grave. At 27 years old, I never fathomed I would be driving to a family member’s grave, especially my son’s grave. This morning’s drive did not seem natural. I don’t think it will ever seem natural; parents are not supposed to bury...
Leonardo Da Vinci statue, by Luigi Pampaloni, 1839. It is located in the Uffizi courtyard, in Florence, Italy.The Mona Lisa is the world’s most famous painting, which makes Leonardo da Vinci the world’s most famous painter. Now we learn that he may have possessed a genetic advantage common to...
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson passes out some of the 72 pens he used to sign the civil rights bill in Washington D.C. on July 2, 1964. On this day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The law ended segregation in public places and banned...
Adobe Stock“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,...
As churches begin to reopen, the majority of congregations are not opening children’s ministries. Families will worship together. This change is drastic for most churches, creating a bit of anxiety for parents and preachers alike.  There are several obvious challenges that come with having kids of all ages in the...
Adobe StockI work in zip code 75252. Previously, I worked in zip code 75225. Before that, it was 30305 and before that, it was 79701. These are just numbers to me, but to the US Postal Service, they are vital information. Their employees would know that I work in North...
Adobe StockYour fireworks display may be canceled this Fourth of July weekend, but the universe will nonetheless provide a show in the sky. Saturday night and early Sunday morning, the full moon will graze Earth’s shadow, creating what astronomers call a “penumbral lunar eclipse.” Weather permitting, the eclipse will be...
Chinese researchers recently discovered a strain of influenza in pigs that has "all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus". (Stock photo)The year began as 1973 with impeachment. Then it became 1918 with the pandemic. Then 2008 (and hopefully not 1929) with the recession, followed by 1968 with...
In the past, I’ve written about characteristics of the best leaders I’ve ever known. Today, I write about church leaders I’ve known who were strong leaders on one hand, but poor leaders on the other. Here are some of their good and bad characteristics:  They had a great vision but...
Ultrasound (Stock photo)Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe.Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law restricting abortion by a five-to-four vote, with Chief Justice Roberts siding with the four-judge liberal wing. The Louisiana law, enacted in 2014, requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Its...
Astronaut in outer space near ISS station on orbit of the Earth.NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken were replacing the lithium ion batteries on the International Space Station Friday morning when a piece of Cassidy’s spacesuit broke off and floated away. This does not sound like good news. However,...
Adobe StockHave you ever wondered who invented time zones and why? I had not. They make intuitive sense since the sun obviously comes up at different times for different people. Then I saw this headline: “Time Zones Were Invented for the Railroad.” I could not imagine how this could be...
NASA Names Headquarters After 'Hidden Figure' Mary W. Jackson. (AP Image)When Bryan Herrington died sixteen years ago, his donated organs saved the lives of four people. One of them was Jeffrey Granger, who received Bryan’s kidney and pancreas. He and Bryan’s wife, Terri, became friends over the years. Bryan’s kidney...
It has received a lot of attention during the pandemic. It will receive more attention in the post-quarantine era. Some call it the digital church. Others call it the internet church. In either case, it refers to people joining worship services, and even groups, virtually or digitally. They are not physically present. I...
In this image made from video taken Wednesday, June 24, 2020, miner Saniniu Laizer, center-left, receives a cheque from government officials for 7,744,152,703.82 Tanzanian Shillings ($3.4 million), at a ceremony in Mererani, Tanzania Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo) Saniniu Laizer, a small-scale miner in Tanzania, became an overnight millionaire...
Adobe Stock“This is the biggest logistical challenge the world has ever faced.” This is how Toby Peters, an engineering and technology expert at Britain’s Birmingham University, describes the task of manufacturing and delivering a vaccine for COVID-19 to the world. The Reuters article calls this the “biggest medical manufacturing...
When it comes to website design, nothing stays the same for long. Technology is constantly changing. People’s online habits and expectations are always evolving. What worked last year might not make sense today. On top of that, church websites in particular must serve a variety of audiences and meet a...
Little Bighorn Battlefield MT (USA)On this day in 1876, US Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer was defeated at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. That’s all that most of us know about the event, but the back story is far more complex than the conflict. According to a History article,...
Adobe StockSchoolchildren learn to name our planet’s seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania (including Australia). But scientists say there were originally eight. Zeelandia is a two million square foot lost continent now deep beneath the Pacific Ocean. According to one scientist, “If we could...
Adobe StockA woman was traveling from London to Manila on an Emirates flight when she went into labor. The public address system asked for medical help. Two nurses heading home from their jobs on a Carnival cruise ship responded and helped deliver the baby. The mother named her baby Sky.  The...
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