Friday, July 31, 2015

THYME Magazine: Interview with Neil Armstrong

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume X, Issue III

Interview with Neil Armstrong!

The first man to set foot on the moon!

In this rare series of interviews, Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, tells the story of the historic mission from his own perspective. Alex Malley of Australia's EvoTV's The Bottom Line looks at the life and leadership of the lunar mission's commander. Fascinated by aircraft, even at a very early age, Armstrong obtained his pilot's license at the age of fifteen!

He went on to fly combat missions during the Korean War and later became a test pilot. He then became an astronaut as NASA geared up to meet President John F. Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon in the decade and return him safely to earth.

The Russians had already orbited the first satellite, Sputnik, on October 4, 1957 and subsequently orbited cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin as the Americans struggled to develop a dependable booster. After Alan Shepard's short suborbital flight in 1961, President Kennedy challenged the fledgeling space agency to go to the moon.

Armstrong is refreshingly honest in his discussion with Malley. The interview is presented in four parts and is worth watching to the very end. Neil Armstrong expresses very real concern that the space agency lacks the vision and sense of purpose it had in those early years. He ends with a challenge that we as a people would do well to heed and pursue in our own time!

Forty-five years ago two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it.

Man's First Act on the Moon:

Buzz Aldrin describes, in his own words, the first act of men visiting another world, to honor G-d: “In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.’ I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute [they] had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas. I agreed reluctantly. …I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”

Eric Metaxas writes: "And of course, it’s interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, who made the Earth and the moon — and Who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the “Love that moves the Sun and other stars.” [3.]

Solving an Age Old Problem

At Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, items left on a plane are returned quickly as Sherlock sniffs out their owners!


Special Book Section

Several weeks ago we began the serial presentation of "Pontifus, The Bridge Builder's Tale in Three Parts." [1.] This week we present the second chapter of the second book: "Zimmerman's Folly" Here [click to read]. This special book section will continue through the Summer. The full publication of THYME will resume in the Fall. Look for a new installment each Wednesday morning.

Friday, July 3, 2015

THYME Magazine: The America I Know

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume X, Issue II, Photo: Flag Pipes by Xaver Wilhelmy

The America I Know

I cannot watch the scene in Sound of Music where Christopher Plummer sings "Edelweiss" without feeling great emotion. Plummer, portraying Captain Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp, responds to the Anschluss (the German occupation of Austria in 1938) by singing it as a love song for his country. No doubt, many of us can identify with Captain von Trapp these days.

But a friend shared this incredible little video with me. It is a great reminder of who we are as a people.

Boatlift: An Untold Tale 
of 9/11 Resilience

"A hero is a man who does what he can." -- Romain Rolland

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

THYME Magazine: Restoring All Things

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume X, Issue I

Giving Marriage to the World
Once Again

Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet write in their book: Restoring All Things, that: "G-d did not begin the world with a government or even a church. He started it with a wedding. That's also how it will end. In Genesis we find Adam and Eve, and in Revelation we celebrate the restoration of all things with the wedding feast of the Lamb: the consumation of history and the final and everlasting coming together of Christ and His Church."

They continue: "Marriage was built into the fabric of this world from the very beginning of time. Through marriage, G-d provided the basic building block of all civilizations, establishing the context within which future generations would be procreated and preserved. In other words, marriage matters."

Pointing out that statistics generally paint a pretty bleak picture of the state of marriage today, Smith and Stonestreet dig deeper. The much touted study that shows the divorce rate the same within the church as for those who do not identify with any church counts pretty much everyone who identifies themselves as Christian in the second group.

Among those who actually attend church regularly, there is a significant drop in the divorce rate, falling from about half to 38%. Among those who actively practice their faith, the rate drops to less than 20%. Clearly the more thorough investigation shows a different picture of the impact of Faith in marriage.

If that's true, then why all the bad press?," the authors ask. "The answer is... a bad press!" Sociologist Bradly Wright studied the Barna data more exhaustively and concluded that the media: "are quick to paint gloomy pictures of Christians because these negative stereotypes reinforce their own ideologies and sell well."

But Christian media and Christian celebrity authors also are quick to promote these sorts of stereotypes because, again, they sell well. 'They'll find the worst statistics, and tell them in the first chapter, and then spend the next eight chapters telling you how to fix the problem.' It's a strategy that sells books and fills seminars, but it also misrepresents Christianity and the many Christians who, by following Biblical principles, are seeing good fruit in their married lives."

The problem is that the true story is that of transformation and redemption. G-d fearing people elevated the place of women, children and family from that of their Pagan neighbors. History tells us as much. The Apostle Paul, often painted by secularists as having low opinion of women, actually treasured the fellowship of his colleagues in both tentmaking and the Gospel: Priscilla and Aquilla. This couple is mentioned by name seven times in his writing, noting that they TOGETHER were instrumental in instructing Apollos in the Faith. [1.]

The very real power of redemption is seen in the stories of countless couples who have tasted it in their own lives. The world needs to hear our stories.