Archive for April, 2007

Heaven is the finish line

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you … realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people (Ephesians 1:18)

Our friends Mark and JoAnne gave us their unused NordicTrack. As they delivered it, we started talking about exercise, and I commended the benefits of running. Even in mid-winter, you can stave off cabin fever and keep yourself in shape. JoAnne said, “You know, I don’t like to run but, I like the idea of liking to run.”

I thought, That’s a good admission—filled with hope. How could she turn that idea into the reality of liking to run? Run! Get out and do it. Start simple and build up an appropriate pace. Learn about the sport. Do it as a discipline until it becomes a joy. Soon you’ll be an avid runner. (more…)

Breaking the Chain Reaction

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross. . You have been healed by his wounds! (1 Peter 2:24)

On May 21, 1946, in Los Alamos, Louis Slotin prepared for a crucial atomic test to be conducted in the South Pacific. The young scientist needed to verify the critical mass-the amount of U-235-necessary to trigger a chain reaction. He’d conducted the experiment before, pushing two hemispheres of uranium together then, just as the mass became critical, pushing them apart with a screwdriver. But this time, just as the material became critical, his screwdriver slipped! The hemispheres came too close, and the room filled with a bluish haze. (more…)