Stories

The Benediction

THE BENEDICTION The late The late Richard Halverson was Chaplain of the United States Senate from 1981 through 1994.  Prior to that he had served as a pastor for many years. A friend once asked him, “Dick, what was the most significant thing you did that brought vitality and...

The Yellow Shirt

THE YELLOW SHIRT The baggy yellow shirt had long sleeves, four extra-large pockets trimmed in black thread and snaps up the front. It was faded from years of wear, but still in decent shape. I found it in 1963 when I was home from college on Christmas break, rummaging...

That Will Be More Than Enough

THAT WILL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH The B-17 Flying Fortress was America’s workhorse heavy bomber during World War II. Before Germany and Japan surrendered, 12,731 of the planes dropped more than 1.5 million tons of bombs. Among the young men on those bombing runs were actors Clark Gable and...

The Devil’s Beatitudes

THE DEVIL’S BEATITUDES If the Devil were to write his Beatitudes, they would probably go something like this: Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians in Church – they are my best workers. Blessed...

Why Do Golf Balls Have Dimples?

WHY DO GOLF BALLS HAVE DIMPLES? The simple answer is that dimpled balls fly farther. More than a century ago, golfers were well aware that scuffed, dented, scratched, or pockmarked balls performed far better than perfectly smooth balls. A golf ball is typically whacked off the tee in less...