The Powers of 10

In high school I saw a little movie called “The Powers of 10”—anyone know it? It is a 10 minute film you can still see on youtube that begins with a couple having a picnic in a park in Chicago. They are viewed from one meter above their picnic blanket. Every 10 seconds, the view increases to 10 times farther away. At 10 meters, you see the couple, the blanket, and the park; at 100, you see the streets surrounding the park. At a distance of 1000 meters, you begin to see Lake Michigan, and at 10, 000, much of the state of Illinois. At 10 to the 6th power you can begin to see the central US and all of the great lakes, and 10 to the 7th, the whole planet. Each power of 10 takes you further and f

Antietam, Isaiah and the hope for a better world

I stood on New Years’ Day on a hill at Antietam, wanting to give my son a better world. We were visiting relatives for the holidays, and stopped to see this Civil War battlefield. The battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862. 23,000 solders killed or wounded here, marking the end of General Lee’s invasion of the North. It is said that the battle turned the tide of the war, giving Lincoln the victory he needed to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. We walked the hills, listening to the wind whip through the fields of cut corn stalks, reading the monuments and examining the artillery still stationed there. My son Joel, three years old at the time, wanted to know about the cannons.

Since some can not make it to church every Sunday, here's a glimpse into the sermons from recent worship services.  

                

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