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...
By Danny Franks Without a doubt, our what and how has changed and will continue to change. How we greet guests, what we do about communion, and how we move large groups of people into and out of worship are all necessary topics of discussion. But those what and how...
Christ of The Abyss statue.The next time you’re in Prague, look up. You may see a dangling sculpture of Sigmund Freud hanging by an arm from a pole attached to the roof of a building. According to art critics, it was created to question the outsized role of intellectualism...
Passenger afraid of heights.I am not a fan of heights. When I get on an airplane (something I haven’t done in months due to the pandemic), I always try to sit on the aisle. After the plane takes off, I read a book and pretend we’re on the ground...
Daylan McLee stands on the porch of his home in Uniontown, PA. (AP Photo)“There is value in every human life. We are all children of God and I can’t imagine just watching anyone burn. No matter what other people have done to me, or other officers, I thought, ‘This...
Commentary is popular right now. Some of the biggest names in news are opinionated commentators, not fact-driven beat reporters. With social media, anyone can comment about an issue, regardless of qualifications. Ironically, more data exists now than ever before, yet we still rely heavily on the opinions and comments...
I have been observing one major reason people won’t rush to return to our churches. It isn’t the virus. I totally understand why someone who is high risk wouldn’t rush to return to in-person services.  For many, however, it’s not the virus keeping them away from services.  It’s habit. People have fallen...
SquirrelA former NASA engineer named Mark Rober decided to become a bird watcher. He set out a bird feeder, but it soon attracted more squirrels than birds. He tried several different versions, all of which claimed to be squirrel proof, but each time the squirrels were smarter than the...
Briefcase of gold bars.I was invited to speak at a conference in Switzerland several years ago. To get to the event, I flew into Zurich and traveled by train across some of the most spectacular countryside in the world. The efficiency of the train system and its passengers was...
President Franklin D. Roosevelt puts his signature on the G.I. Bill of Rights at the White House, putting into law the measure for veterans aid, June 22, 1944. On this day in 1944, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill. Officially known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of...
(Stock image)If you’re feeling stressed this morning, know that you’re not alone. A recent General Social Survey shows that just 14 percent of American adults say they’re very happy, down from 31 percent who said the same two years ago. That year, 23 percent said they had often or sometimes...
As congregations return methodically to in-person services, something else will be taking place. It will be obvious to some churches; it will be more subtle to others. Simply stated, churches will have an incredible window of opportunity to make substantive and positive changes. We have been watching closely the responses...
Adobe StockWhen something terrible happens like the coronavirus pandemic or the death of George Floyd, we want to know why.  How could God allow such an awful thing to happen?  How does it fit into his divine plan?  There are no easy answers, but we struggle to find them. Students of human...
The Juneteenth flag, commemorating the day that slavery ended in the US. (AP Images)Today has been called “our country’s second independence day,” and for good reason. On this day in 1865, US Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, where he announced that the Civil War was over and...
As we move to a more digital-focused world, your church’s communication strategy will become more critical as you navigate this new terrain. Your church’s communication strategy will be the roadmap to helping you determine what effective communications will look like for your church and congregation. In this post, we’re going...
Woman singing under spotlight.Colette Hawley is a singer based in Chicago. For years, she has visited senior centers to sing to residents. However, when the coronavirus quarantine began, especially affecting older adults, she had to revise her strategy. She rented a thirty-foot cherry picker bucket truck. With its help, she...
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