Monthly Archives: September 2015

Unity in Diversity

“We’re not always this friendly to one another,” the councilman said to me as I sat down at their table this morning. He continued to explain that they frequently have strong arguments against one another as they battle enacting policies, regulations, and the city budget.

This morning a First Responders Breakfast sponsored by the local Women’s Club provided an opportunity for these six politicians to show their respect for one another despite their differences. This morning the five councilmen and the mayor appeared to be six friendly neighbors.

Their example of friendship despite their political differences parallels my hope for the church that we might love and respect one another striving to maintain our unity for Christ’s mission using our theological differences to advance God’s Kingdom.

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit,
sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
— 1 Peter 3:8 (NRSV)

Lemon Stir Fry

2015-09-26 12.25.07

A quick nutritious meal.

Makes 2 servings. Preparation time ~25 minutes.


1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup long grain rice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup carrots, cut into short, thin sticks
1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise then sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp lemon pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp powdered ginger
3 green onions, chopped
8 oz shrimp
4 ounces baby spinach leaves


  1. Bring 1 and 1/2 cups water to boil. Stir in salt, olive oil and rice. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat large frying pan then add canola oil.
  3. Saute carrots and zucchini for five minutes before adding red pepper.
  4. Stir flour into 1/4 cup of water until smooth. Then stir in lemon pepper, garlic powder, and powdered ginger.
  5. When vegetables are soft stir in shrimp.
  6. When shrimp begins to become opaque stir in sauce.
  7. Add spinach and cover for 2 minutes, then fold wilted spinach into vegetables.
  8. Serve promptly over rice.

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Be careful opening this book.

I opened it thinking I would read a few pages before going to sleep only to set it down nine hours later after reading all 369 pages.

Andy Weir successfully strings together plausible solutions to plausible problems of surviving after being stranded on Mars. Each solution stresses a habitability system beyond its original design only to result in a new potentially life ending problem. In addition to exploring human resourcefulness, in the face of nearly certain agonizing death, he also considers how other people would risk or advance their careers to save one person.

Weir uses good science and solid engineering throughout most of the book. Only in the final chapters does he allow the plot to rely on improbable solutions.

I am confident that you will also find The Martian by Andy Weir enjoyable and informative while shining a light on human capacity to survive and help one another.