A modern cubey rendition of Jesus inviting himself to Zacchaeus' house* Americans arrive just before the hour, start on time, finish at the appointed terminus, visit briefly, perhaps, if at all, and then go home. Maximum time: 1:15.

Brazilians on the other hand … Our weekly home group for Bible reading is set for 8 p.m. One lady had a doctor’s appointment that finished too late for her to go home and then come to the group, so she shows up at our house at 7:00, while we’re eating supper. After other arrivals at or after 8:00, we start around 8:10. Finish at 9, with refreshments brought by the visitors. They leave at 10. Average time: over 2 hours. Continue reading