As of Jan 1, 2015 the West Africa Ebola outbreak has now claimed 7989 lives, and even though we live on an isolated island (NZ) half a world away from the hot spot, it is still very frightening.
There are three undeniable stages in the progression of deadly viruses like Ebola: Infection, separation and death.
It is fascinating to realise that sin shares the same progression. Let’s liken sin to a virus for a moment… The Sin Virus.
Ever since I was old enough to remember, I have been fascinated by stories of Bigfoot. The big "Readers Digest Book of Unexplained Mysteries and Monsters" on our family bookshelf probably didn't dilute my overactive imagination any, and I would dream of one day exploring the American wilderness, in search of Sasquatch.
Any sane person would agree that the stuff of myths, legends and monsters usually originate from experiences far less sensational. But is that always the case?
I was in the library the other day, and found a book on New Zealand Mysteries. Much to my surprise (and delight), I have discovered that we have our very own Bigfoot legend here in Godzone: "The Moehau Man".
On May 22, 2011 a tornado punished Joplin, a town of 50k in Southwest Missouri (USA) killing 161, injuring 1150 and inflicting nearly $3 billion worth of damage.
Over three years later, as the people of Joplin continue to rebuild their lives and broken hearts, one aspect of the nightmare is gladly remembered and celebrated.
In the wake of destruction, as the children who endured the storm began telling family and friends the stories of their experiences, many of them told of the same, bizarre account…