NCA BLOG

January 14, 2020

As we’ve entered a new year and decade, many social media posters have designated a “word” for their new year.  This word apparently reflects the heart of the person posting it, and it summarizes a theme that they will be cultivating throughout the year.  Some have eve...

July 16, 2019

Nick Kyrgios didn’t fare so well in “The Championships” at Wimbledon this year.  During the tournament, Kyrgios, who was ranked 43rd in the world in men’s professional tennis, went down in the second round to tennis great Rafael Nadal.  The four-set match included two...

April 19, 2019

This week, as Christians, we celebrate the greatest event in all of history and beyond.  In actuality, that event consisted of several steps, each profoundly significant and important—Jesus’ last journey to Jerusalem before His death, His Passover celebration with His...

October 17, 2018

Several years back, the country was for a moment riveted by the national unfolding story of an escaped killer who had taken hostage a young, single mom inside her apartment.  The woman, Ashley Smith, was a self-confessed meth addict, who had relinquished her child due...

August 24, 2018

I love living in the mountains of Flagstaff.  The air is clean and crisp, the forest is thick with lush pine trees, and the night sky is a velvet blanket dotted with a million diamonds that continually assure me that my God is a great big God.  One of the beautiful thi...

August 6, 2018

It’s the twentieth anniversary of my home team favorite Arizona Diamondbacks’ inaugural season, and it has made me relive the glory-filled season when they won the World Series.  It was October of 2001, and the nation was still reeling from the terrible terrorist attac...

July 7, 2018

It’s World Cup time and the world’s most popular sport is in full mania mode.  Tens of thousands of nationals from all around the world have gathered to cheer on their country’s soccer team, catch a glimpse of Messi or Ronaldo, or just take in the electric atmosphere p...

June 20, 2018

It’s hard to beat the excitement of international travel.  Yes, of course, it’s a lot of effort, it takes time and persistence, and it’s not cheap.  Being wedged in a middle seat for fourteen hours, loading and unloading through security countless times, and wending th...

June 1, 2018

I’ve never wanted to run in my life.  It’s held no interest for me whatever.  In fact, if anything, running comes with emotional baggage for me, as it was “the mile” run we were required to do every Friday in junior high PE that made me want nothing to do with physical...