Tag Archives: Truth

The Dumb Ox

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here His classmates would never have voted him Most Likely to Succeed. He pressed the scales at something like 300 pounds. He was shy and spoke slowly, if he happened to speak at all. His fellow students mocked him in Latin as bos mutus, “the dumb ox.” His mentor Albert (who would… Read more »

What We Know for Sure That Just Ain’t So

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here Does the picture above look like the image of a cold-blooded killer? A number of South Koreans have their suspicions.  “Fan death” – the widely-held misconception that running an electric fan in a closed environment can harm or even asphyxiate human beings who are sleeping there – is a fascinating urban… Read more »

Truth with a Capital T

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here Years before Stephen King was crowned king of literary horror, Shirley Jackson wrote what many readers consider the scariest tale of all.  “The Lottery,” published in The New Yorker in 1948, vaulted the 32-year-old author into the national spotlight, and has since become required reading for generations of high school… Read more »

Learn to Discern

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here Sports Illustrated is a magazine that is famous for breaking big stories. One of the biggest was a feature that rocked SI’s pages early in April 1985. George Plimpton introduced the world to the most exciting baseball prospect in a generation.  He was Hayden Siddhartha “Sidd” Finch, a young man who could throw a… Read more »

No Dogmas Allowed

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Do all dogs go to heaven? What we know for sure is that all dogs may go to church in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. That’s where a wood carving artist named Stephen Huneck, after suffering a life-threatening illness in 1998, decided to build the Dog Chapel, a place of worship dedicated to his favorite canines.  Carved… Read more »

Truth Encounters

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. If your name is Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, you need a good nickname. For most of his life, the tall, thin Wainwright, a career military officer, was called “Skinny.”  He liked it. His greatest honor – being named supreme commander of the Allied troops in the Philippines early in 1942 – was also equivalent… Read more »

A New World of Ideas

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Like most kids, I grew up hearing that Christopher Columbus was the man who bravely stood up to the religious superstitions of the Dark Ages. Ignorant people – deceived by Catholic priests – were certain that the world was flat.  If you sailed all the way to the edge of the Earth,… Read more »

When Christ Sat Down

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Throughout the month of August, we’re taking a close look at 23 verses of the New Testament.  They comprise Ephesians chapter one, which paints one of the Bible’s most comprehensive pictures of what it means for ordinary people to be “in Christ.”   There’s a well-worn story about a man who, on his way to work every morning, walked past a… Read more »

The Message of Truth

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Throughout the month of August, we’re taking a close look at 23 verses of the New Testament.  They comprise Ephesians chapter one, which paints one of the Bible’s most comprehensive pictures of what it means for ordinary people to be “in Christ.”   In 1996, the United States Air Force published a paper describing the technological possibilities of controlling the weather. It’s a… Read more »

Conspiracy Theories

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The truth is out there. That was the mantra of The X-Files, the wildly popular 1990s TV series in which a pair of FBI investigators – skeptical Dana Sculley and true believer Fox Mulder – explored a vast array of paranormal phenomena, ranging from werewolves to mermaids to ghosts.  Along the way they uncovered a conspiracy to hide what our… Read more »