I realize I assigned Numbers 14 to the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and that event has come and gone, but this article puts me in mind of the loyalty of Caleb [literally, "loyal dog," though at an even deeper level, "all heart"] and the church's need for a heavy dose of, yes, dogged loyalty in this day and age. No, it's not a pun; it lies at the very root of the word. It also puts me in mind of a sermon I preached last year entitled, "Consider the Dogs" (Luke 16:19-31). The payoff quote in the article: "Canine loyalty extends beyond humans." No kidding. The church could stand to learn a lot from the dogs.