Thursday, August 17, 2017

"A Perfect Solar Eclipse"

"What if those things that make a planet habitable, that is, conducive to beings like us, also make that planet the best observer platform for making scientific discoveries?  

"The nature of our planet, the nature of its atmosphere, its location in the solar system, the type of solar system it's in, even the type of star that we're around and its location in the galaxy are optimal for making a wide range of scientific discoveries.  It turns out those are also the most important conditions for a habitable planet, without which we could not survive. 

"I think that's just the sort of pattern that ought to suggest to people conspiracy and not just mere coincidence." Jay Richards, Discovery Institute, from the 5-minute video "A Perfect Solar Eclipse," at

Saturday, July 1, 2017

MUM: The Conscience, Courage, and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds

MUM: The Conscience, Courage and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds: June 12, 1915 - February 11, 1990 by [Renshaw, Jessica Reynolds] 

Wikipedia describes her as an American author who became a Quaker, peace activist and educator.

Barbara Leonard Reynolds was best known for her 18 years in Hiroshima being a friend and advocate for survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During the 1960s, she escorted two groups of hibakusha (bomb survivors) around the world so they could plead with members of Congress, delegates to the United Nations, teachers, students, churches, and peace groups never to let nuclear war happen to anyone again.

For her humanitarian efforts on their behalf and for founding the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima (1965) the mayor of Hiroshima gave her the key to the city and made her an honorary citizen of Hiroshima. Barbara dined with the Prime Minister of Japan and was declared a "National Living Treasure." Posthumously (2011) a monument was erected to her in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, their Ground Zero.

She spent the last 10 years of her life in Southern California helping Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees but she never stopped helping the hibakusha.

She wrote 8 books—including a murder mystery, four children's novels and her spiritual autobiography, The Phoenix and the Dove. She co-authored (with her husband) All in the Same Boat.

This look at both Barbara's public and private lives was written, with admiration and candor, by her daughter Jessica.

Monday, April 10, 2017


Just published on Amazon and Barnes&Noble websites...
During the Cold War (1958), an American family, a Japanese yachtsman--and a cat--sailed their 50-foot yacht, Phoenix of Hiroshima, into the Pacific Proving Ground to challenge American atmospheric nuclear testing.

Dr. Earle Reynolds designed and built the boat while doing a 3-year study for the Atomic Energy Commission on the effects of nuclear radiation on the growth and development of children who survived Hiroshima.
The family--Earle, Barbara, Ted (2) and Jessica (14), with Nick Mikami--had just completed 3-1/2 years of a world cruise. They returned to Honolulu, ready for the last leg of their journey back to Hiroshima.
But the same government agency which had commissioned Earle's research on radiation was now testing nuclear weapons in the Pacific and had declared 390,000 square miles of ocean off-limits to Americans. The route the Phoenix had to take was right through this forbidden zone.
Now the voyage of pleasure became one of protest... In 1961 the Reynolds family also sailed to Nakhodka, USSR, to protest Soviet nuclear testing... During the Vietnam war, other crews sailed her to Vietnam 3 times to take medical supplies to the Red Cross there.

Decades later, the Phoenix sank in the Sacramento River. A tax-exempt corporation has been formed as her new owner, to raise and restore Phoenix of Hiroshima. For more information:


Jessica grew up in Hiroshima soon after World War 2. Now a wife, mother, and grandmother, Jessica describes herself as "anti-nuke" and "pro-life."

Jessica had part of her journal of her family's travels around the world published at 14 (Jessica's Journal). Her book To Russia with Love was published when she was 17. (Available from the Peace Resource Center, Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.)
Her recently released biography of her mother is MUM: The Conscience, Courage and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds.

She has written two pro-life books: a biography, Gianna: Aborted and Lived to Tell About It and a novel, Compelling Interests.
Her novel New Every Morning, about a father-daughter relationship after he develops dementia, is sub-titled, "He hurt her. Now he is at her mercy. A different kind of love story."

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Prayer for our Nation by Louie Giglio

Dear Friends,
This is part of a Chris Tomlin worship night for our nation held at Madison Square Garden and live streamed across our nation. 

A Prayer for Our Nation // 20 Inches to Mercy // Louie Giglio WORSHIP NIGHT IN AMERICA

Why Christians Can't Lose This Election

A blog I follow by Representative Rebecca Hamilton of OK mourned, "No matter how this election turns out, Christians have lost." I disagree.

Christians cannot lose because, regardless what human beings are in power, God is still sovereign over them and all the rest of us. The Bible says he puts in power whom He will and brings down whom He will--for His own purposes. He may put in place a leader to bless us or judge us, to destroy our land or heal it (although it doesn't look like we have a candidate in this election who will bless our nation). It is His people who will decide that outcome.

In Second Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14, God says, "If My people who are called by My name [not everybody, not well-meaning people, not wise or good people, not the voters], humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

You have no idea how many of God's people, those "called by His name," have been fasting and praying for this election throughout this land for four years--in prayer meetings at every level of government, in churches, in homes, over the telephone.

I was one of 700 praying in a teleconference recently (organized by Intercessors for America) with two Congressmen, Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson and Cynthia Dunbar, a law professor who helped draft the Republican Party platform.

Cynthia said the committee to draft the Republican platform began their meeting on their knees in prayer just as the Founding Fathers did, committing their efforts and this country to God, seeking His will. God gave them favor to agree on and include things that are based on Biblical truths and values.

For instance, she said the Constitution calls for Congress to start impeachment proceedings against any Supreme Court justice who creates law (such as "Marriage is no longer between one man and one woman"). The Republican platform would apply this (something about reversing the Johnson Amendment?). She said it would tip the culture back into judicial balance in a day.

Biblically, God hates the shedding of innocent blood. The Republican Party will defund the most egregious shedder of innocent blood, Planned Parenthood. Biblically, jurisdiction for benevolence is given by God to the church (Christians), not the government. The platform reflects this.

She pointed out that since all authority in heaven and on earth has been given by the Father to the Son, anything outside His authority is raw, tyrannical power, illegitimate. There is no truth outside God's truth, no secular truth. Truth is a Person, Jesus Christ.

Almost every Christian I know is going to vote the platform, not the personality. I feel the same way about Trump that you do (I'd prefer to cast him aside and vote in his VP as president) but God is very creative in using crude, rude, immoral people to accomplish His will, when necessary. Think Winston Churchill.

I believe the platform is God-given, in every solemn sense of that word. Thousands of us are doing a 3-day (Esther-style) fast with prayer Sunday through Tuesday. I believe God will hear and honor all our prayers for wisdom for ourselves and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven regarding this issue, because, united, we His people are humbling ourselves and obeying His command in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

What this will look like, we don't know. We just believe He will keep His word in some wonderful way we cannot imagine. (For instance, He is not limited to two candidates.) And He will be glorified, which is our ultimate yearning.

Wishing all of you God's very best,

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Pray with Franklin Graham (and us) the night before the election

Hi, Everyone! Let’s calendar Mon. night.  Franklin Graham (the son of Billy Graham) Invites Us to Pray with Him for Our Nation on the Night Before the Presidential Election

Franklin Graham will be on Facebook live, Monday, Nov. 7 at 9 p.m., ET.  Click here on his Facebook page

He calls this upcoming election "the most critical election of our lifetime." Urging Christians to make their voices heard at the ballot box, he stated this: "In the last presidential election, it's estimated that 20-30 million Christians stayed home. We can't let this happen again! The future of our nation is riding on this election: religious freedom, the Supreme Court, protecting the unborn and our families, and so much more. Let's pray together that our nation will turn back to God and that He will heal our land.”

Sunday, August 14, 2016