Changing Our Seat

The cartoon showed an elderly couple at church.  They were standing in the aisle at church, peering down disapprovingly at a couple seated in front of them.  The caption read, “The whole church watched with nervous anticipation as the visitors sat where the Martins have sat for 42 years.” If this brings a smile to your face,Continue reading “Changing Our Seat”

Bridge May Ice In Cold Weather

Bridge may ice in cold weather. That’s what a sign on Interstate 85 says.  Of course, for about 11½ months of the year it’s not relevant, but that’s okay. Everyone understands the seasonal nature of the message. Furthermore, despite the fact that this sign is quite limited in what it applies to, motorists are somehow still able to figure out that theContinue reading “Bridge May Ice In Cold Weather”

Being Truthful With The Truth

With the conventions and election right around the corner, the political season is upon us. Many, but not all, of the candidates will be debating, spinning, equivocating, and spewing statistics faster than we can assimilate them. At times, it will be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.  The sheer volume of information we’re confronted with isContinue reading “Being Truthful With The Truth”

Becoming What You Worship

Some truths you learn along the way: how little you really know when a child starts asking you questions. that you really are unique—just like everyone else.  how having your first child makes you a parent and having your second makes you a  referee. that wasn’t really lightning, it was Google Earth taking a picture. AndContinue reading “Becoming What You Worship”

Because I Can

Years ago there was a scandal involving a public figure.  After everything became public and had been tossed back and forth several times, the offender, having had time to reflect upon their offense, admitted that they did it for the lowest of reasons— because I could. I think they were saying something about power and theContinue reading “Because I Can”

Bail-Outs, Black Holes, And Contentment

The bail-out we’re in real need of doesn’t come from the government, it comes from God.  It’s a bail-out of our old life and into a new one by virtue of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Ephesians 2:1-10). If you’re struggling to pay your electricity bill this month or put food on the table,Continue reading “Bail-Outs, Black Holes, And Contentment”

A Teenage Girl Sings Of God

It’s easy to see Mary through twenty-first century eyes as the esteemed and admired mother of Jesus, respected by everyone.  But we do so to our own impoverishment.  She became all of these things, of course, but she didn’t start out that way.  She began as a frightened teenage girl, pregnant and unmarried.  Her intended,Continue reading “A Teenage Girl Sings Of God”

A Sprig Of Grass And A Message Of Hope

The refurbished stadium was state of the art. The field was made of synthetic turf. The three story field house was equipped with a large weight room and an indoor practice field. There was a video scoreboard to show replays of anything you missed. And the track around the field had one of those cushionyContinue reading “A Sprig Of Grass And A Message Of Hope”

A Recipe For Thanksgiving

David wanted to do something for God.  He proposed building a house (temple) for Him (2 Samuel 7:1-2), but God had a better idea. Instead of David building a house for Him, God would build a house (family), for David! This meant his family would rule forever. It was realized first through his son Solomon, then through his descendants,Continue reading “A Recipe For Thanksgiving”