Thursday, January 27, 2011


What do the 16 digits on a credit card mean?

Dr. Larson asks, "Is There Logic To Support Pakistan's Blasphemy Law?"
"The smallest objects that the unaided human eye can see are about 0.1 mm long. That means that under the right conditions, you might be able to see an ameoba proteus, a human egg, and a paramecium without using magnification. A magnifying glass can help you to see them more clearly, but they will still look tiny."  This sliding scale will help you see even smaller!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Prominent Pastor to Speak at CIU Chapel

Tullian Tchividjian, the pastor of the 2,000-plus member Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be a speaker this spring in a chapel service at Columbia International University.

Tchividjian (pronounced: chah-VID-jen), who graduated from CIU in 1998 with a degree in philosophy, will address the student body on March 8. Chapel begins at 10:50 a.m. in Shortess Chapel and is open to the public.

Tchividjian is only the second pastor in Coral Ridge's history. Its founder, the Rev. D. James Kennedy, pastored for 47 years until his death in 2007. Tchividjian is also the grandson of evangelist Billy Graham. For more about Tchividjian visit the Web site of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church at:

Thursday, January 20, 2011


If you have a hard time finding evidence for the grace of God, perhaps you are not looking.

Here are three reasons why Power Point preaching is not prophetic.

I'm gonna start a band just so I can do this.

Who is faster in a Honda Civic:  Darth Vader?  The Dalek?  The Sixth Doctor?  Ming the Merciless?  The Cyberman?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What Has It Got In Its Pocketses?

You will perhaps recognize that question as it was asked of Bilbo by Gollum in Tolkien's "The Hobbit."

We were out doing ministry on the street one night when this older man with a very long and scraggly beard came up to me and asked very directly, "You're a Christian, aren't you?"

"Yes, I am," I replied, "but I can't help but wonder how you would guess."

He pointed to my shirt pocket containing gospel tracts and said, "Your pockets are bulging."  No doubt I was "packed for bear" that night as I had something to distribute from every pocket (I feel naked without something in my shirt pocket)!

What is in a man's pockets reveal much about him, don't they?  What is most important?  What does he hold dear, or what does he deem as absolutely essential?  And the things in his pockets change over time, as does the man.  Here is an interesting and humourous history of a man told by what he carried in his pocketses.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


25 really cool things to know about Iceland.

Lego Printer uses felt-tip pens for ink and produces less than one page a minute, but it works!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

Popular Author, Local Businesswoman Receive Honorary Doctorates

by Bob Holmes

Best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey and Lexington, S.C. businesswoman Elizabeth Rickard Sessions received The Doctor of Humane Letters at the December commencement exercises of Columbia International University.  Both are alumni of CIU.  Yancey also gave the charge to the graduates at the Dec. 17 ceremony.  The Doctor of Humane Letters is awarded to those who have distinguished themselves in Christian living and service.

Philip Yancey is the author of 20 books that explore the questions faced by most Christians and include "Where Is God When It Hurts," "Disappointment with God," and "Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?" He drew heavily from his CIU background in developing "The Student Bible," a best-selling edition of the Bible with study notes. Yancey's books have won 13 Gold Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and have sold more than 15 million copies.

Yancey's work has appeared in "Reader's Digest," "Publisher's Weekly," "National Wildlife," and "The Christian Century." For many years he wrote a monthly column for "Christianity Today" magazine, which he still serves as editor at large. Today Yancey and his wife Janet travel around the world supporting the missionary work of Philip's books, which have been translated into 35 languages.

Elizabeth Rickard Sessions is a lifelong resident of Lexington County, S.C. near Columbia. Trained as a Bible teacher, Sessions joined in her mother's vision to minister to the elderly and less fortunate. In 1948, Rickard Nursing Homes was founded in Lexington County where Sessions served for 28 years as an administrator providing for the physical and spiritual needs of thousands of patients. She also led daily devotions for the residents and played the piano so they could join her in singing hymns.

Sessions is an active member of Lexington Baptist Church where she sings in the choir and teaches Sunday school. She mentors youth in the Lexington Alternative School and has served as chaplain to the women in the Lexington County Detention Center for over 26 years.

Dr. Bill Jones, president of Columbia International University says it's an honor to recognize these two CIU alumni with the Doctor of Humane Letters. "They have uniquely distinguished themselves in their spear of influence," Jones said.

In his charge to the graduates, Yancey encouraged them to leave CIU with an attitude of humility, something he says he didn't do 40 years prior when he graduated from CIU, then called Columbia Bible College.

"I had to come to terms with pride, and learn humility, which is a necessary prerequisite for grace," Yancey said.

Yancey said there needs to be a balance between zeal for the Lord and knowledge. He said during his CIU days, he thought there was too much zeal, and not enough emphasis on knowledge - something he resented. But he said when he looks back at his time at CIU; it's the zeal he appreciates most.

"Maybe you're like me, when I was sitting in your seat - I thought I knew everything - maybe you think you know everything," Yancey said.

"Maybe you, like me, will have the ship of your confidence crash on the rocks of reality. I hope not. I hope that you and this school will set a shining example of ... that rare balance between zeal and knowledge," he concluded.

Upon receiving her honorary doctorate, Elizabeth Sessions noted that she has had a 70-year relationship with CIU.

"I've known all six presidents. What a privilege," She said.

"When I began as a student here about 70 years ago, my eyes and my heart were open to the Word of God. Those years of study became the foundation for the rest of my life," Sessions said.

CIU President Bill Jones said a survey of the 92 December graduates shows 45 percent plan to go to the mission field, 37 percent plan to work in a local church, and 18 percent plan to serve God in the marketplace.

To hear Philip Yancey's commencement address go to:

Thursday, January 06, 2011


What does the earth look like during an eclipse?

Vegetarian zombies eat grains.  Just thought you would want to know.

I feel safe.  Do you feel safe?

200 Countries over 200 Years in 4 minutes.  Amazing.

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