Archive for July, 2012
Some 300 million people in India endured a power blackout today. I heard a news brief on the radio on my way to work and read a summary in the Chicago Tribune online.
That number kept running through my head … three … hundred … million.
I shifted my thoughts closer to home, and pondered what could happen if […]
Yesterday was a day I affectionately refer to as “Epson Day” here in the offices of the Pentecostal Evangel. When we reach the latter stages of editing a fully designed issue, we read it on large, full-color, heavy duty paper known as Epsons.
It can be a humbling experience.
At that point in the […]
Scanning Facebook posts just a bit ago, I came across the new profile picture posted by John Scott, a friend from White Station High School in Memphis, Class of 1982 (sorry, John, if you’re in any way, shape or form shooting for that “39-again” birthday thing…).
His t-shirt caught my eye. “God Bless America.” I don’t […]
Tomorrow, July 27, is the official opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. To coincide with this year’s games, the July 29 Pentecostal Evangel shares the testimonies of several Olympians, past and present, who’ve dedicated their lives to serving Jesus Christ.
Whether its athletes from yesteryear or current competitors, their stories demonstrate that winning an […]
Book Review: Sacred Art: The Resurrection Through the Eyes of an Artist by Ron DiCianni
It took artist Ron DiCianni years to produce his largest masterwork, The Resurrection Mural. The mural was commissioned for the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas, and is on exhibit there now.
The work is big — in both size and […]
Some 450 attendees participated in Celebration 75, July 10-12 in Tulsa, Okla., a special commemoration of 75 years of Assemblies of God U.S. Missions.
In his keynote message, current AGUSM Executive Director Zollie L. Smith Jr. traced the three emphases he envisioned for AGUSM’s next 25 years: (1) The Supremacy of Christ; (2) Discipleship (Replication); and […]
Journalist A.J. Liebling, in his unparalleled book about boxing, The Sweet Science, introduced readers to his interest in the sport by describing a time-woven connection of punches to the face — with his own as the first face.
“It is through Jack O’Brien … that I trace my rapport with the historic past through the laying-on of […]
You’ll always hook me with a good war story. I admit to a military geek’s interest in the Bible’s battle scenes, with perhaps a little more of my personal Bible study directed toward Old Testament fields of conflict than, say, toward the Sermon on the Mount.
(A brief aside. I’m convinced the Bible’s narratives are totally interwoven. So […]
Light for the Lost, the evangelism literature program administered by Assemblies of God National Men’s Ministries, is scheduled to feature the Key Bearers outreach in the September issue of its monthly newsletter, Spotlight. Key Bearers, which provides copies of the Pentecostal Evangel to the incarcerated, was created in 1996 through a cooperative effort of LFTL […]
After 30 years in a wheelchair, my friend Steve Humann has walked into the Lord’s presence.
Steve was a great man who was a member of the church I pastored in Ashland, Oregon. Thirty years ago, brain surgery gone wrong paralyzed all but one of his limbs. He and his wife, Joyce, became inspirations to all […]
Two weeks from today is the official start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In commemoration of the games, the July 29 Pentecostal Evangel shares the testimonies of several Olympians, past and present, who’ve dedicated their lives to serving Jesus Christ.
Whether its athletes from yesteryear like Eric Liddell, Louis Zamperini, Jim Ryun, and Shane […]
If you’re like me, you use computers at home and on the job to perform tasks, keep records, and entertain yourself. Text, images and sound come at you in an almost infinite variety.
Typing away at a keyboard, or moving and clicking a cursor across a screen, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s going on […]
The family photo on my Facebook page isn’t entirely on the up and up. There we all are, the Missouri/Texas Harrup Clan, smiling during a holiday gathering. But if you look at the back row, the lighting on the third face from the right just doesn’t quite balance with the rest of the row.
Is my […]
For years I’ve dreamed of owning a motorcycle. Jodie is convinced if I ever do I’ll make her a widow, so there are absolutely no plans right now to visit a dealership. But I’ve had an interest in two-wheeled transportation since I was a kid, and it shows no signs of waning.
As a result, I’ve […]
On Wednesday, July 4, the United States celebrates its 236th birthday. It’s an occasion that would have been unattainable if not for the men and women who have served and fought for this country since its inception during the summer of 1776.
You can express your gratitude to a living member of the U.S. military, past […]
Andy Griffith’s passing today at age 86 is cause for mourning among some five generations of fans. From Griffith’s surviving contemporaries to the newest young viewers of The Andy Griffith Show on Netflix, audiences young and old continue to discover reasons to smile thanks to Griffith’s warm sense of humor.
And those reasons and smiles are never embarrassed […]
“The Midnight Sun,” a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone, feels closer to reality than fiction these days.
The story centers around two women who endure a steadily intensifying heat wave as the Earth moves ever closer to the sun. A bit of trivia: The director filmed the episode in the summer in an uncooled studio and […]