Archive | April 2015

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Smart Phone, Stupid People

We recently bought a cell phone. The phone came with a small pamphlet offering a long list of directions, including the following: Remove the back cover. Be careful not to damage your fingernails when you remove the back cover. Insert the battery. Use only manufacturer-approved chargers, batteries, and cables. Unapproved chargers or cables can cause the […]

Lessons from Hockey

One of the reasons I enjoy watching hockey is that it offers an opportunity to observe human behaviour under pressure. Sometimes it is possible to learn things that are applicable to more of life. The National Hockey League’s website ( offers a wide variety of statistics. One set of statistics is fascinating: the list of […]

Church Revivals

A while back, a former student wrote to ask me to elaborate on a comment I had made in a Church History class. What I had said in the class is that “No revival in church history has ever started in a church headquarters.” The evidence for this assertion is in one sense negative. I […]