Sometimes, No News Is Good News
by Jonathan Richerson on April 17th, 2024
Rear Admiral John Kirby (Ret.) serves as White House National Security Communications Advisor.  He has become a familiar face on every news network.  One of the only spokes people brave enough to appear on all news platforms.  What I find telling about the networks are the type of questions they ask him and how poised and confident his answers are on each station. On Monday, Kirby appeared on both...  Read More
Is It Too Late To Teach A Young Dog New Tricks?
by Jonathan Richerson on April 10th, 2024
The COVID lockdown saw an uptick in boardgame interest.  Families found themselves opening their storage closets and dusting off the manual versions of Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, and Checkers.  There were a few classics that gave families some trouble. What some discovered was games like Clue, Risk and Othello have not aged well.  Still others were put off by the difficu...  Read More
Is It Cool to Be a Cultural Christian?
by Jonathan Richerson on April 3rd, 2024
In a recent interview with the UK’s LBC YouTube channel, Professor Richard Dawkins, one of the most famous atheists of our time, has touched on one of the fundamental problems in Christianity, being a “cultural Christian.” In the interview Professor Dawkins speaks directly about the culture in Britain.  He says, “I call myself a cultural Christian. ...  Read More
Don’t lose heart, God is not finished with you!
by Jonathan Richerson on March 27th, 2024
As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with flight.  My first flight in a small aircraft came in high school.  A local pilot friend (Myron Lasater) took me up in his yellow Cub.  I’ll never forget it.  I was hooked.  I never pursued a private license, and I regret not taking the opportunity earlier in life to join the military.  However, I never lost the love and fascination of aircraft,...  Read More
How Happy Are You?
by Jonathan Richerson on March 20th, 2024
You might have not realized it, but today is the International Day of Happiness! This day was established by the United Nations through resolution 66/281 on July 12, 2012.  Their website explains: It’s a day to be happy, of course! Happiness is a fundamental human goal. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes this goal and calls for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to econ...  Read More
Gone Forever?
by Jonathan Richerson on March 6th, 2024
Gone forever!  Have you ever gone to the lake or out into the ocean, having a great day until…your sunglasses come flying off?  Worse, have you ever lost a watch, ring or set of keys?  Regular water adventurers know to secure their gear with float tags and straps, but the casual recreationalist has lost millions of items, gone forever, never to be seen again.  Well, not so fast.  Thanks to Darick ...  Read More
Not as Well-known, but Just as Important
by Jonathan Richerson on February 28th, 2024
When our children were in middle school, they began learning the capitals of each State. We learned the 50 States and their Capitals song, from one of the cartoon shows they liked to watch.  As I was “helping” them study, I thought I heard the song wrong. I went back and listened to it again and thought, “that is odd, they messed up the song.”  Imagine my embarrassment when I discovered the song w...  Read More
Too Good To Be True?
by Jonathan Richerson on February 21st, 2024
Reading through the headlines today, I ran across a photo that took me back to middle school. The cover of our science textbook was a 280 million-year-old fossil discovered in the Italian Alps in 1931. It looked to be similar to many of the lizards I saw running around my backyard, but scientist had long celebrated it as a “puzzle piece for understanding early reptile evolution.” They loved the fo...  Read More
A Valentine Quandary?
by Jonathan Richerson on February 14th, 2024
What’s a Christian to do? This is the day that millions of Christians around the world have not been looking forward to since 2018.  What normally marks a day of sweet confections, indulgence and celebration, many this morning were reminded of the hard truth; today is also a day of fasting and abstaining.  What is a Christian to do?? This has not happened since 2018, and it was not a happy day bac...  Read More
The Invisible Goldfish
by Jonathan Richerson on February 11th, 2024
If you grew up during the period of the 1960s to 90s you probably heard about, or possible owned, Sea Monkeys.  What is a Sea-Monkey, you might ask?  From their website: “Well, the Sea Monkey, is a relative of the brine shrimp. This creature will end up growing 1/2 to 3/4 inch in length. Their lifespan can be up to one year and we have had many customers who keep their Sea Monkey® colonies alive f...  Read More
Reevaluating the Nones
by Jonathan Richerson on January 31st, 2024
Midweek Challenge Ten years ago, Dr. James Emery White of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, wrote his book The Rise of the Nones. His work helped us get a better grasp on our religious culture, as we all could feel it changing, we just didn’t know how.  His book identified a growing group of people that have no religious affiliation and have become known as “nones.” Ten years later, he takes an...  Read More
Is Politics Hurting Your Dating Life?
by Jonathan Richerson on January 24th, 2024
Last summer (2023), a TikTok video of a single, politically progressive woman, made the rounds as she claimed all the “chivalrous, masculine men in her dating orbit are conservative.” Of course, all the conservative men out there helped boost her post by gladly reposting in a form of victory lap of sorts.With the username @Ms_Petch, the TikToker said, “As a liberal woman, it is really hard to find...  Read More