Giving it away

So anyone who has ever walked outside their home may have come across a beggar. And in some places, like here in Oregon, the beggars have learned that perching themselves at freeway exits or near where alot of cars have to stop and then start can be a good place to beg, because people give…

Spot on.

One of the great failings of the American education system, in our view, is that young people can graduate from university without any understanding of poverty at home or abroad.  Study-abroad programs tend to consist of herds of students visiting Oxford or Florence or Paris.  We believe that universities should make it a requirement that…

Apologetics, but not really apologies

I am in the middle of reading Timothy Keller’s Reason for God.  I don’t really need to be convinced about God.  However, I would agree that if a person believes something to the extent that they would alter their life for it, they should be able to explain why. Apologetics are something I have overcome…

Learning a little about Chimney swifts

  At first  I thought there was a very squeaky thing in our chimney that would make squeaky noises, maybe because the wind blew, like a fan or something.  Then it became more organic sounding. And then one night we scared each other suggesting that they were BATS!  WOOOO! But they sometimes tweeted like little…