At the time of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, many people were praying to
be saved. Radio communications were just coming into regular use. As soon as the
iceberg was struck by the Titanic, the radio operator on the Titanic
began to send an SOS signal. Close enough to be of help and to save lives was the
steamship, California, only thirty minutes away, and that ship also was equipped
with wireless radio. Unfortunately, the trained radio operator had shut his equipment off
at 10:30 p.m. and had gone to bed. Less than an hour later, the Titanic was
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.