Posts Tagged ‘Jews’

By Matt Horan

Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying, “There are no atheists in a foxhole.”  I’ve never been an atheist or in a foxhole, but from what I’ve learned about foxholes, I can see how such a saying might arise.  A foxhole is a hole in the ground that soldiers would hide in to avoid enemy gunfire.  I assure you that I would pray fervently and frequently while in a hole designed to help me avoid enemy gunfire.

Most of the world’s religions recruit poorly during good times.  You never see someone after reaping a financial windfall exclaim, “The first thing I’m going to do is go worship and thank God!”  No, it seems that foxholes are better evangelists than winning lottery tickets are.   (more…)

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By Matt Horanflying-car

Do you remember when the year 2000 was a really big deal?  Remember all of the stuff that we were supposed to have in the year 2000?  Flying cars.  Cars that drive by themselves.  Phones where you can see the person you’re talking to.  I remember the movie, “2001, A Space Odyssey.”  It’s about a manned mission to Jupiter.  I don’t think we’re too close to that.

Now, maybe those inventions just didn’t pan out.  Too tough to invent, to expensive, etc.  Or, maybe we decided that we just didn’t want that innovation.  I mean, flying cars are a good idea until the kid next door turns 15, gets his learners permit, and starts flying over your house on the way home every day.  (However, one was spotted on Google Earth not long ago.) (more…)

Joey

By Matt Horan

I think I’ve successfully managed to talk about Joey from Friends and the Bible in the same post.  And they said it couldn’t be done…

During Israel’s Feast of Weeks, Ruth has been traditionally read as a celebration of faithfulness.  Naomi was an Israelite who lived in Moab to escape a famine.  She lived with her husband and two sons, who married tom_cruise_oprah_winfreyMoabite women, Orpah (not to be confused with Oprah) and Ruth.  Tragically, Naomi’s husband and two sons died, and she encouraged her daughters-in-law to return home to the Moabites and try to find new husbands.  Orpah was eventually persuaded to return, but Ruth did not.  (Orpah, not Oprah.  Oprah would have stayed.) (more…)