Posts from 2018

Posts from 2018

A Real Role Model

The man who shuffled to the microphone “didn’t look strong enough to bunt, much less hit a home run. Pale and thin from his liver transplant surgery nearly five weeks ago, Mickey Mantle walked slowly, painfully” (Dave Anderson, N.Y. Times News Service, AOL, July 12, 1995). How different was the man I saw conducting that news conference than the one I saw…

Sometimes Church is Hard

I sat in a meeting. The discussion was heated. The conversation heavy.  Hearts were burdened. Chests were puffed. Sorrow, pain, arrogance, curiosity, humility, fear, courage, and forgiveness sat together in a single room.  As I looked around the church, I just kept thinking—Church is hard. Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgement.…

Present Hope

Before I really get going I want to thank everyone who made Friend’s Day possible for us last week! It was a huge success! The auditorium was pretty full, the food was good, the fellowship was even better and people invited friends to join us. Thank you for helping make Friend’s Day a big success this year. We especially want to thank those who helped plan, set up, clean…

Be Bold

In the book of Acts we find a story about Peter and John before the Council. (Acts 4) One of the verses that really sticks out to me is verse 13. It says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished…” The verse continues on but this first part is important to us. It takes away an excuse a lot…

What a Friend!

In the mid-1800’s, a young Irishman named Joseph Scriven was engaged to be married to a young lady. On the day before the wedding, he rode out to meet his fiancé at a river. Upon arriving, he was devastated to learn that her horse had been startled and thrown her into the water, where she drowned. He said later, “The bottom of my world seemed to disappear.” He turned to…

What Do You Do with Young Folks?

Ignore them . . . and they will likely go away. Some return in later years to love the Lord, but most drift through  life toward perdition. Entertain them . . . and we will produce a group that stays long enough to empty the punch bowl and clean up the sandwich tray. Humor them . . . and develop the concept that the church is not to be taken seriously. Educate them in the…

Life from the Press Box

It made sense, after someone explained it to me, why our high school football coach would always disappear in the middle of the third quarter. I remember during my first game on the varsity squad, I looked up from the sidelines (where I spent most of my time) and noticed that he was gone. (It was a lot quieter.) I couldn’t figure out what had happened. I was afraid the…

Written in Stone

I want to begin by saying thank you for allowing Ann and I to attend the 95th Lectureship at Harding University this past week. It has been a big blessing for us to go back to Harding and visit the community of believers as well as to hear lots of great lectures from various places. Worship in the evenings had over 1000 people. It was truly a great and uplifting…

You Asked For It

The story is told of a lady who had a very willful and spoiled child. One day when a wasp flew in the window, the youngster began crying for it because it looked so pretty with its brilliant colors. Finally, the mother called the one who was caring for the child from another room, asking, “What in the world is that child crying for? Will you please give it to him!” It…