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Professor Howdy said...

The UNC math professor said, "Now class, we know
their are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour,
24 hours in a day, and 365 days in a year, so who can tell
me how many seconds there are in a year?"

All the students looked baffled by the question except
Rufus, who raises his hand and waves it excitedly.
"Yes, Rufus, how many seconds are there in a year?"
the math professor asked.

Replied Rufus, "Twelve, m'am. January second,
February second, March second..."

Jill Carattini - rzim said...

No Free Lunches?

Henri Nouwen was a man people wanted to know. In his lifetime he taught at
Harvard and Notre Dame, and was a tenured professor at Yale. He was a
prolific author and a speaker often in demand. Yet ironically, the people
who wanted to know him most were probably the least interested in his
crowning achievements.

In 1986, Nouwen walked away from his position at Harvard and accepted the
position as pastor of the L'Arche community in Toronto, a community where
mentally handicapped persons and their assistants live together according
to the gospel. Describing his experience, Nouwen remarked of the people
of L'Arche, "If they express love for you, then it comes from God. It's
not because you accomplished anything. These broken, wounded, and
completely unpretentious people forced me to let go of my relevant
self--the self that can do things, show things, prove things, build
things--and forced me to reclaim that unadorned self in which I am
completely vulnerable, open to receive and give love regardless of any

Interestingly, it was a similar selfless love that caught Nouwen off guard
years earlier, piercing the conditional world he had grown accustomed to
with the freeing love of God. A director of the L'Arche community had
come to visit Nouwen while he was still at Yale. She visited the campus
for a few days, cooked him an enjoyable meal, and offered help in simple,
practical ways. Nouwen recalls, "I expected this greeting to be followed
by a request to give a lecture, write an article, or offer a retreat."
But the visit had no strings attached; she had simply come to care for him
in the name of Christ. It was altogether unlike the rules of kindness
Nouwen was used to. In a world where there are no free lunches, the
simple act stirred deeply in his soul.

The Gospel of Matthew recalls an evening of few words and free meals.
With the murder of John the Baptist weighing heavily on his mind, Jesus
withdrew to a solitary place, traveling privately by boat. But the crowds
followed him on foot from the towns. Seeing this, Jesus was not bothered,
suspicious, or disheartened, but filled with compassion. He didn't send
the crowds away, but healed the sick and remained among them. But as
evening approached, the disciples came to him with their concerns,
bothers, and suspicions, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting
late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy
themselves some food" (14:15). But Jesus only replied, "They do not need
to go away. You give them something to eat" (14:16).

Jesus' words strike deeply, sharp with accountability: You give them
something to eat. The call is personal and practical, piercing our
motive-ridden hearts. How am I offering practical love to the crowds
around me? Am I heeding Christ's command to serve or am I sending whoever
away for whatever practical reason? What's more, does my service come
freely or does it come with a cost? How often have I fed Christ's sheep
with un-free lunches--kindness peppered with conditions and expectation,
love given with costs built-in? Even as Christians, it is easy to play as
if there is no such thing as a free lunch. Henri Nouwen was a
well-connected, much-loved member of the Christian community, and yet a
kind and selfless visit from a fellow Christian took him completely by

C.S. Lewis once remarked that the hard sayings of Christ are nourishing
only to those who find them hard. The disciples met Christ's command with
objections more reasonable than the ones I usually come up with: the crowd
was large, the place remote, the food sparse. The cost to them
seemed more than costly. Nonetheless, the instructions lingered: You
give them something to eat. That is, will you freely offer
nourishment to those who need it most--knowing full well that the cost may
be personal?

Christ has given us the daunting task to feed unconditionally the hungry
and broken around us. He has also given us himself. "For the bread of
God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world...I am
the bread of life" (John 6:33). Christ's is a love that receives us
unadorned and vulnerable, love not merited because of accomplishments, but
because of desperate need and disparaging hunger. Do we offer others this
same kind of bread?

"Bring them here to me," Jesus told the disciples. And with five loaves
of bread and two fish he fed five thousand. And Matthew reports, "They
all ate and were satisfied."

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus (New York; Crossroad,
1993), 27-28.

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Professor Howdy said...

The Roman emperor Diocletian, following an edict in 303 A.D.,
failed to stamp the Bible out. The French Revolution could not
crush it with secular philosophy (Rousseau, one of its heroes,
converted to Christianity). The Communists failed to stamp it
out with atheism and political ideology. One might well ask why
this book has been banned, burned, and bludgeoned with such
animosity and scorn. The great Reformation hero John Calvin
responds in this way: "Whenever people slander God's word.
they show they feel within its power, however unwillingly or
reluctantly." - Joe Boot


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If you stop believing what your professor told you had to be true
and if you start thinking for yourself you may come to some
conclusions you hadn't expected. You may find the Bible makes
more sense than you thought or were told to think. Allow yourself
to be ruined, ruined with regard to what you always thought could
be true. Can you believe what you don't understand? You and I
believe everyday what we don't understand unless it comes to
the issue of salvation. - - - Dr. Woodrow Kroll


There is simply no historic foundation for the position that the
Framers intended to build the 'wall of separation' that was
constitutionalized in Everson. The 'wall of separation be-
tween church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history,
a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging.
It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
- - - Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, William Rehnquist


"It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own
their dependence upon the overruling power of God
and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the
Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those
nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."
-- President Abraham Lincoln


Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment;
trust in money and you may have it taken from you;
but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in
time or eternity. - D.L. Moody


Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best of minds.
Men and women live on the brink of mysteries and harmonies
into which they never enter and with their hand on the door latch
they die outside. GK Chesterton

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