A Mexican bandit made a specialty of crossing the Rio Grande from time to time and robbing banks in Texas. Finally, a reward was offered for his capture.
An enterprising Texas Ranger decided to track him down.
After a lengthy search, he traced the bandit to his favorite cantina, snuck up behind him, put his trusty six-shooter to the bandit's head, and said, "You're under arrest. Tell me where you hid the loot or I'll blow your brains out."
But the bandit didn't speak English and the Ranger didn't speak Spanish! Fortunately, a bilingual lawyer was in the saloon and translated the Ranger's message.
The terrified bandit blurted out, in Spanish, that the loot was buried under the oak tree in back of the cantina.
"What did he say?" asked the Ranger.
The lawyer answered, "He said, 'Get lost, you turkey. You wouldn't dare shoot me.'"
The brilliant colors in a hummingbird's feather are created by tiny platelets that resemble a pancake filled with air bubbles. They are called "interference colors," and are much like the shimmering colors seen in a soap bubble or in a drop of oil.
How fast does glass crack?
When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second.
How long has mechanical refrigeration been around?
Dr, John Gorrie of Appalachicola, Florida, invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851. He patented his device on May 6, 1851. There is a statue which honors this "Father of Modern Day Air Conditioning" in the Statuary Hall of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Theology and the Trinity Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?
Within minutes of watching Muslim terrorists fly airplanes into the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, Americans all asked the same questions: "Who are these people? What do they believe?"
Several weeks later at the fall Prison Fellowship board meeting, theologian Timothy George, a board member, gave a talk entitled "Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?" It was one of the most helpful things I have heard. Now Dr. George has expanded that talk into a great book with the same title: Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? Dr. George answers his question with a yes and a no.
Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic-that is, both are founded on the belief that there is only one God. The Christian understanding of God, however, is vastly different than the Muslim's because of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
George writes, "The Father of Jesus is the only God there is, and in that sense, He is the God of every person who has ever lived, including Muhammad." He then goes on to say, however, ". bare monotheism alone is not enough. It yields a god who is a unit, not a unity. It gives us a deity that is infinite, but not personal."
Thus, though the Qur'an affirms that Allah loves, his love is conditional, and it's something he does, not something he is. By contrast, Christians affirm, "God is love." His love is unconditional, and it is integral to the very being of the one God Who is eternally three. From all eternity, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are bound together in perfect love.
George writes, "What makes God God is the relationship of total and mutual self-giving by which the Father gives everything to the Son, and the Son offers back all that He has to glorify the Father, the love of each being established and sealed by the Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from both."
If God is just a unit, says George, "God created the world in order to fill some deep deficiency within His own being ."-that is, He needed to be known. The Trinity has no such need. Within the Trinity is love, knowledge, intimacy, and relationships. God chose freely to create and love. "The doctrine of the Trinity," says George, "tells us that relationality-personality-is at the heart of the universe."
Dr. George reminds us that, in the Church today, the Trinity is perhaps our most neglected doctrine, and that needs to change. It needs to change because our own spirituality is dangerously deficient without an understanding of the Trinity. "The doctrine of the Trinity," says George, "is the necessary theological framework for understanding the story of Jesus as the story of God." It also needs to change because Islam is growing in the United States and around the world. When we talk with Muslims about faith, conversations about the Trinity are unavoidable: "If we don't bring it up, they will!" And on campuses young Muslims are handing out tracts saying Christians worship three Gods. We need a credible answer for our Muslim neighbors.
Timothy George's book Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? will help equip you to answer Muslim objections to the Trinity. And it will sharpen your own understanding of this sadly neglected doctrine. Chuck Colson
In 1777, the American flag flew in battle for the first time, during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch's Bridge, Md. The seven-year-long war ended on this date in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Among other things, the pact recognized U.S. independence from Britain. By the way, the American signatories of the treaty were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay.
Not necessarily - A wild cat, known as "the fishing cat" actually swims to catch fish. Called the Bengali Mach-Bagral, The Creator gave this cat extra-long claws, which it uses like fishhooks. The fishing cat is found in Nepal, Burma, Southern China and parts of India.
Where does most volcanic activity take place?
Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. In 1993, scientists located the largest known concentration of active volcanoes on the sea floor in the South Pacific. This area, the size of New York state, hosts 1,133 volcanic cones and sea mounts. Two or three could erupt at any moment.
Where was the world's first revolving restaurant?
The first revolving restaurant, The Top of the Needle, was located at the 500-foot level of the 600-foot-high, steel-and-glass tower at the Century 21 Exposition in Seattle, Washington. It contained 260 seats and revolved 360 degrees in an hour. The state-of-the-art restaurant was dedicated on May 22, 1961.
Did our country's father have any actual kids?
Not a one - George Washington left no direct descendant. Though his wife Martha had four children by a previous marriage, Washington never sired a child to continue his family line.
And you think your weather's bad...
The worst climate in the world may be at Yakutsk, in Russia. In winter, the temperature falls to -84 degrees Fahrenheit. In summer, it can reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit.