Star Struck

By Phil Callaway | November 17, 2017

As a child, I loved lying on my back on warm summer nights and looking up at the stars. The night sky is a perfect canvas for a child’s imagination to scribble on; it sure beats an iPad. Were the stars looking back at me? Could I reach them in a hot air balloon? I imagined cities and civilizations out there, creatures with tentacles and big eyes hurtling toward us in flying saucers. Or perhaps the aliens would be cute and cuddly. Maybe one would land in my backyard and I would keep it as a pet. Sometimes my brothers pointed out constellations. “That big cluster over there is Bert the water buffalo. That long squiggly line with the scoop on the end. That’s the big slipper, I think.” As the years passed, my fascination with the night sky continued to grow. I learned that our humble Milky Way galaxy contains somewhere between 100 and 200 billion stars. And if you leave the Milky Way, you’ll find billions upon billions of galaxies. Smart people say there might be as many as three sextillion stars in the universe (that’s 3 followed by 23 zeros). Our star, the sun, is so big you could barely squeeze 1.3 million Earths inside it. But as stars go, our sun is just a little fellow. The largest star our telescopes have discovered is UY Scuti. If I was to name it, I’d call it YU sohuge. If you wrapped a measuring tape around Scuti, it would have to reach 4.7 billion miles (that’s 7.5 billion kilometers). Scuti is an estimated 21 billion times the volume of our sun. Yet it’s is only a tiny speck on God’s vast tapestry of space. Each morning at breakfast, I read from a little devotional book, a collection of […]

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Job Interview Fails

By Phil Callaway | November 2, 2017

Have you ever been the victim of a job interview fail?

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Just the Stats

By Phil Callaway | October 24, 2017

Years ago when I began editing Servant Magazine for Prairie College, I decided to run a short column of interesting facts. Here is a sampling.

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Don’t Sue Me

By Phil Callaway | October 13, 2017

At times I am shocked by the behavior of my fellow human beings. Especially when there’s money to be had. They scratch, bite, claw, and sue to get their hands on some cash. Here are a few actual lawsuits, filed by actual people.

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Thankful Kids

By Phil Callaway | October 12, 2017

What are you thankful for today?

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We’ve got an emergency

By Phil Callaway | September 29, 2017

What would we do without kids? My granddaughter Sophie lives two hours away, but she’s already learning to pick up the phone.

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Stan the Man

By Phil Callaway | September 21, 2017

Laugh Again came about, not because of my stunning good looks, but because we think the world could use a little good cheer.

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Is God in a Hurry?

By Phil Callaway | September 8, 2017

Without a doubt, we are a people obsessed with movement. With busyness. As a result, Kenneth Greenspan of New York’s Presbyterian Hospital claims that stress now contributes to 90% of all diseases.

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A Tale of Two Sydneys

By Phil Callaway | August 29, 2017

I love travel stories. The most memorable are those in which something goes badly wrong. I have lost my passport, my luggage, and my lunch on a bumpy flight. But that’s small potatoes compared to the adventures of the unwitting travellers you’re about to meet.

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Who Will Be Jesus?

By Phil Callaway | August 11, 2017

I have been guilty of judging others. Of waggling my finger and wrinkling my forehead. I’ve passed judgement on teens who wear their pants too low. Or grandpas who wear their pants too high.

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