Eclipse provides awe and inspiration

(Editor’s Note: The Aug. 21 eclipse provide more than just an opportunity to view an extraordinary event in the sky. For many, it provided moments of inspiration and awe. Following are some examples)

Rick Hammer

By Rick Hammer
Biology professor
Hardin-Simmons University

The TV images from locations that experienced totality were amazing but somewhat eerie.  Abilene’s 71% “totality” was nothing in comparison, but did provide me with an opportunity to reflect on several aspects of God’s creation.

First, experiencing the eclipse in Abilene at only a partial coverage of the sun’s disk was my very first solar eclipse experience. I spent the approximately 2.5 hours of the event totally absorbed in viewing the sun through my eclipse glasses, retrofitting my Iphone camera with a makeshift solar filter to record images, and setting up an experiment to record the air temperature every 10 seconds during the event to see if I could detect a decrease in temperature during the eclipse. (more…)

Listen up, men. It’s time to ‘Get Real’

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All you men who want to “Get Real”  need to saddle and pony on over to Solid Rock Encampment at Eastland Sept. 22-23.

That is the date of the inaugural Get Real campfire, a two-day event designed and led by Ben Gray, who you may know as the trainer for installing water purification systems at Global Samaritan Resources.

Gray developed his ministry under three topics: Real Men, Real Issues, Real God. Over the summer, Gray has trained leaders who will work with him at the campfire. But long before that, Gray started visiting with various congregations in and near Abilene, explaining the ministry and talking with clergy and church members.

“I stand amazed with the energetic reception for men’s ministry and especially Get Real,” he said in an update sent to advisers, prayer warriors, and friends. “It’s been a long time since I’ve met such a yearning among men to come closer to God.”

The purpose of Get Real, Gray said, is to “help men address relevant life issues in the context of a safe environment. (more…)