RaMbLeS

Welcome to RaMbLeS, a collection of weekly musings on life and Scripture. It all began in 2005 on Google’s blogspot as the aBeLOG (a name now recycled), a semi-autobiographical devotional that attempted to keep well-wishers abreast of my activities as I relocated to Scotland for a few years. Since my return, I’ve continued my RaMbLeS, and here’s its most recent incarnation on HOMILETIX.

Pothole!

April 27th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Pothole!

Here’s one—and the only one—reason not to complain about potholes. A guy now has a pothole to thank for saving his life.

A couple of weeks ago, Gretna Rescue’s EMTs, in Gretna, Nebraska (pop. 5,062), were called in to help a 59-year-old man whose heart was racing at his workplace. And he had no history of cardiac problems.

The good paramedics arrived on the scene, and loaded the patient for the 7-mile, 20-minute drive to the nearest emergency room. At one point the…   Read more →

Hair?

April 20th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Hair?

An archivist stumbled upon an interesting find in the shelves on the third floor of the library at Union College, Schenectady, New York, last year. A red leather-bound book that no one had noticed thus far.

It was an almanac, printed in New York: Gaines Universal Register: Columbian Kalendar for the Year of Our Lord 1793. All kinds of information filled its pages—names of the new nation’s senators and that of its president (“George Washington Esq.”), and…   Read more →

Joy!

April 13th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Joy!

Feeling down? Blue? In the dumps? Sour? Woeful? Lachrymose?

Try smiling more. Research indicates that expressing happiness can actually make us feel a little bit happier.”

That was Nicholas Coles, a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Tennessee (UT), lead researcher on “A Meta-Analysis of the Facial Feedback Literature: Effects of Facial Feedback on Emotional Experience Are Small and Variable,” published recently in Psychological Bulletin.

Coles and…   Read more →

Pain!

April 6th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Pain!

66-year-old Jo Cameron is unique. Well, one of two in the world.

She (and the other person) has a rare genetic mutation. So report scientists in “Microdeletion in a FAAH Pseudogene Identified in a Patient with High Anandamide Concentrations and Pain Insensitivity,” published recently in the British Journal of Anesthesia.

Ms. Cameron realizes her skin is burning only when she smells singed flesh. Only when she sees herself bleeding does she know she’s cut herself.

The…   Read more →

Women!

March 30th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Women!

My current project is a commentary on the Pastoral Epistles—1 & 2 Timothy and Titus.

Not surprisingly, one of the major struggles I face is with 1 Timothy 2:11–15, Paul’s exhortation regarding the role and behavior of women in the corporate setting of the church. Its 51 words (in the Greek text) have generated at least 652 journal articles (that I found listed in a theological database), not counting the quires, reams, bundles, bales, and pallets of paper that…   Read more →

Stop!

March 23rd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Stop!

You’ve been on those before. Escalators. Going up. Going down. Especially those long ones at airports and subways that take you up or down multiple levels.

And you, no doubt, being the respectable citizen that you are, abide by the unwritten rule that faster walkers are to be allowed the left side, and so you, being in no hurry, endowed with patience and respect, move to the right and stick to your place. (In the United States, that is. Reversed in other parts of the…   Read more →

Help?

March 16th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Help?

It is said that toward the end of the nineteenth century, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local newspaper: “The merchant of death is dead. Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a very rich man.”

Apparently, it was Alfred’s older brother who had died; somebody on the paper had bungled the epitaph. Needless to say,…   Read more →

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