ODJ: heaven scent

Bugs love it and humans hate it. It’s the pungent odour of the Rafflesia flower, a plant that can weigh more than 15 pounds and measure more than 3 feet across! This botanical beast smells like decaying flesh or rotting meat, an odour that carrion beetles and flies adore. Although this bloom attracts insects, it repels people. Its stench is so foul that people have nicknamed it the “corpse flo

ODB: Spoonful Of Sugar

Where is Mary Poppins when you need her? I know this sounds as if I’m longing for the good old days when cheerfully unrealistic movies featured characters like this fictional nanny, but what I’m really longing for are people with a vision for the future that is realistically optimistic. I yearn for joyful, creative people who can show us the positive side of what we consider negative, who can

ODJ: on solid ground

In the film High Fidelity, a character named Rob Gordon lamented his history of passivity. “I guess it made more sense to commit to nothing, keep my options open,” he said. “And that’s suicide by tiny, tiny increments.”

It’s a prevalent human temptation to hold off on firmly attaching ourselves to any opinion or belief. It’s a good thing to pursue humil

ODJ: exclusively inclusive

Was Jesus a nice guy? Consider this: He made some shockingly exclusive claims about Himself and nice guys just don’t do that. When Peter told Him, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Jesus blessed him (Matthew 16:16-17). To a Samaritan woman, Jesus plainly declared, “I AM the Messiah!” (John 4:26). And He announced to His followers, “I am the way, the truth and the life.

ODJ: take a stand

Home ground advantage is no myth. According to Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim, in their book Scorecasting, the home team wins more often than the visiting team. Why? The writers state: “Officials’ bias is the most significant contribution to home ground advantage.” The officials respond to the pressure from the fans because they don’t like to get booed. When the contests are close

ODJ: a good worker

Do you think God views you as a good worker? This is a difficult question to answer. Some of us feel that we could never be good enough to deserve such a commendation; others confess that seeking His approval is not exactly our priority. Moreover, it’s easy to be unduly modest or self-deceptively positive. So, how do we even begin to assess ourselves correctly?

Thankfully, the apostle

ODJ: true

A groom stands at the end of the aisle, transfixed by his beautiful bride in her white, flowing gown. As they exchange their rings and say their marriage vows, the groom thinks to himself, This is too good to be true! In another corner of the world, a nurse places a newborn child in her mother’s arms. As the mum lovingly gazes at the pink face and tiny fingers, she’s filled with jo

ODJ: cover up

The ambiguity lasted until the 19th century, when Johannes Schulthess discovered a letter written by Zwingli in the archives in Zurich. The reformer’s words revealed that he had been guilty, but also that he had recommitted to living a chaste life.
Schulthess didn’t want to tarnish his hero’s legacy, so he showed the letter to his student and then held it in the flame of his candle. A

ODJ: in the end

As I looked at the goldfish crisp on the floor of my kitchen, I reminisced about the tiny hands of my children and an earlier season in life. Though the fallen crisp was the result of a recent forage, the image made me realise how quickly time passes. As I dealt with sleepless nights, teething babies and potty training, I would have been hard-pressed to believe that the end was soon in sight. The