Author Archives: Tony Schmitz

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Choosing light

In John 12:46 (NIV), Jesus says: I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. Jesus often used the contrast between light and darkness to demonstrate the difference … Continue reading

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Reflecting pool

Isaiah gives us simultaneous pictures of the parallel journeys of the Israelites and us. Yes, God’s chosen people and his adopted children, separated by thousands of years. The picture pair is a reflecting pool with generations between the two images. … Continue reading

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We built this city

Starship (née Jefferson Starship née Jefferson Airplane) recorded the song “We built this city” in 1985. It’s a bit controversial because a band with a history of musical political activism released a song that was received as quintessential “pop rock”. … Continue reading

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How to prepare for disaster

In Isaiah 22, God warns Jerusalem that danger is on the way if they do not turn back to him and away from themselves. (I can certainly relate. When things are going well, I tend to rely on my own … Continue reading

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Midnight train

Have you ever been loved? I have. I am. Undeservedly. Amazingly. Unbelievably. I was riding in the car with my wife and daughter. My 16 year old daughter was the DJ from her phone. She played “Midnight train to Georgia” … Continue reading

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He took her hand

If you have been hurt or lost or rejected. If you have had a dream die, if you know pain and loss, I have a source of new hope for you. 18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader … Continue reading

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Lost and hurting? Drop the k

Leprosy is an infectious skin disease that causes lesions and nerve damage of the skin, upper respiratory tract, and eyes. It is spread by skin to skin contact. Leprosy is a chronic condition that can last a lifetime without medical … Continue reading

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