January 12, 2013
When I was a young man, I kept recalling a story about a priest giving away expensive silver candlesticks to a felon, but for over 15 years could not recall where I read it. The silver candlesticks never left me, and I think now that God lodged the story in my soul to shape my … More “Les Miserables: influence in my life”
January 3, 2013
As I drove into the gas station, I saw her squatting on the curb with her head down and covered by a gray hood. My first thought was that she was crying, and a tiny voice said maybe she was homeless and despairing on New Year’s Eve. While I was filling up my tank, I … More “Les Miserable at the gas station”
August 20, 2012
Autism and a fourteen-year old’s solution for bullying. This letter is a heartwarming story written by a mother on behalf of her son, and how a fourteen year-old girl has helped the son to hope. A stirring example of practical love that is quite an inspiration! In the mother’s own words……..
June 29, 2012
I was in Walmart last week, perusing the checkout lines to see which was the shortest. I had one item, just one…..a small alarm clock. Small so I can take it when I travel. Just one item….only $5.42. I was in a hurry, and pre-occupied trying to solve a problem about permeability in a coalbed … More “I was a bad Samaritan”
May 6, 2012
>Europe is becoming more and more secular, and so is my original country of Australia. Over there, some beautiful old stone churches, now empty of worshippers, have been converted into boutiques or ice-cream shops. In the USA, where most people believe in God, young people are into sports, work, clothes, I-phones, and fitness. But many … More “For young people: Is Christianity no longer relevant?”
April 29, 2012
“Ah! I had almost forgotten what a good skinny mocha latte tastes like”. Shanessa sank back in the armchair with an easy smile on her face under black hair twisting and turning into a complex of curls just below her shoulders.
April 20, 2012
I am gazing over the tarmac at Pittsburgh International Airport, on my way home from a conference about shale-gas (where I gave a presentation). Pittsburgh is in the heart of the Marcellus shale, where things are rockin’ and rollin’.