Don’t move that Bible for me!

"Don't move that Bible for me! I don't get that many chances with God!" We were headed to lunch when I scooped up my Bible from the passenger seat to clear a spot for the social work intern to sit. Her protests would have amused me, except she seemed in dead earnest. In the ensuing discussion… Continue reading Don’t move that Bible for me!

End of a life? Or end of an era?

For me it marks the end of an era.  The passing didn't make the news, but it certainly affected me. You see, my earlier single years were impacted by a touch much gentler, more personable, and certainly more genteel than my own. That touch was embodied in three special ladies -- two sisters and their… Continue reading End of a life? Or end of an era?

Blessed like David or Just like David?

I have no doubt that many people familiar with the biblical story of David — “The Poor Shepherd Boy Makes it to the Throne of Israel” heartwarming saga — would like to identify with the elevated king. After all, God promised him that he would bless his house, as in the sons God would raise… Continue reading Blessed like David or Just like David?

The Pack

I had gone. . . with a multitude that kept holyday (Psalm 42:4) King David wrote in Psalms of going with the throng of worshipers to the house of God. Though sometimes he went there alone, he often spoke of testifying to the congregation -- telling of God’s wonderful works and ways to a group… Continue reading The Pack

Sweet aromas? Offensive odors?

So there you are, snoozing away.  All is calm, quiet, peaceful. Then you hear it:  the whine.  Not one of the kids this time -- no, this is the whine of flight, the high-pitched sound of tiny wings. Near your head. You feel the brush of six little feet against your face, and "whack!", you've… Continue reading Sweet aromas? Offensive odors?

WHEN A COAT IS ALL YOU HAVE

This isn't a post about being without earthly possessions, though it wouldn't be a bad thing to call attention to -- there are certainly people in that situation. Instead it's a reference to a message Bro. Aaron Dutton preached recently, and its after-affects in my heart. I'll try not to ruin the message for any… Continue reading WHEN A COAT IS ALL YOU HAVE

We underestimated our enemy

9/11 is our modern "day that will live in infamy".  Like the first day to be so designated, it probably didn't have to happen.  in-depth research by the 9/11 Commission revealed gaps in communication among agencies, lack of immigration enforcement, and failure to heed warnings that certain individuals posed a threat, among many other factors. In our… Continue reading We underestimated our enemy

When did the Gospel change?

Is the church today supposed to be like the church in the Book of Acts? If not, when did it change? Some things very obviously changed from the Old Testament to the New: 1) sacrifice for sin was completed by Jesus' work on Calvary (Hebrews 10:1-18) 2) eating foods prohibited under the Law of Moses… Continue reading When did the Gospel change?

So, what gets you?

You're strong, successful in your sphere of influence, important to people close to you -- perhaps even to some you'll never meet in person.  That didn't happen by accident. To accomplish what you have, you've chosen carefully the paths you've taken, rejecting what wasn't compatible.  To maintain what you've achieved, you've guarded your perimeter:  you've… Continue reading So, what gets you?

Two things I bet you can’t do at one time

Walk and chew bubblegum!  Oh, you've got that one?  Great!  (Just don't leave your gum on the sidewalk when you're done.) Pat your head and rub your tummy! Good with that one, too?  Wow, we're getting somewhere. How about saying "Thank you, God" for your job while griping about your boss?  What? A little harder?… Continue reading Two things I bet you can’t do at one time