What to Expect When the Holy Spirit Shows Up

This Sunday, June Ninth, Christians will celebrate the Day of Pentecost, the last major festival of their church calendar. This festival commemorates yet another promise kept by Jesus, the promise to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Since Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter with such gusto, the Day of Pentecost is sometimes overlooked. Yet…

Doors of the Bible, Part Six, The Virgin Door

Come from Away is a popular Broadway musical based on what took place in the town of Gander, Canada following the September 11 terror attacks. In the confusion and aftermath of the attacks the US authorities decided to ground all flights within and into the US. 38 commercial flights with almost 7,000 passengers on board…

The Under-400 Club

A tiny baby girl from San Diego, California now holds the record for the tiniest baby to survive. Baby Saybie was born the end of December of last year weighing about as much as a juice box. After a five-month stay in the NICU unit of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital she went from her birth…

Artistic Talent, Close to Home

These are the works of art that caught my eye at the 67th annual Steele County Art Exhibition at the Owatonna Arts Center. Bonnie Broitzman’s “Painting As Prayer” evokes Georgia O’Keefe’s beautiful flower paintings.     A couple of painted saw blades from Linda Christofferson; “Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal on the left and “Mail is…

Doors of the Bible, Part Five, the Narrow Door

I went to listen to a speaker recently. In her remarks she clearly endorsed the traditional views of the family and human sexuality. She backed up her presentation with statistics and personal experiences. Then there was time for questions and answers. During the Q & A one of the audience members mentioned that it would…

Does a Well-Known Pain Killer Kill Empathy?

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s thoughts and feelings from his or her point of view rather than from one’s own. It is a crucial force for building friendship, unity and good will in human relationships and important for developing emotional intelligence. In recent years some neuroscientists have¬†advanced the concept of mirror neurons,…