Posts by Judy Jones

Posts by Judy Jones

Cotton Candy Christianity

While the concept might have originated in Europe, it was William Morrison and John C. Wharton of Nashville who made it become a reality. In 1897, they created the machine which used air and sugar to popularize the spread of a new product. They called it fairy floss. It still has that name in Australia. In much of the world, it is called candy floss. In France, it is…

Lads to Leaders

As many of you have noticed, our youth are gearing up for Lads to Leaders which is a leadership training program that we participate in every Easter weekend over at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.  Thousands of kids up through college age come from all over to present their speeches, lead songs, read scripture, present their art projects and scrap books as well as…

Calm Down Tough Guy

Hebrews 4:13 “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Ole tough-guy is at is again. Word is out he is at a store and sees the owner of a local deli. “I got the …&#$%** lousiest sub last night at your place!”  We all kind of wonder what’s up with tough-guy, but who wants to ask?…

Come to the Feast by Gene Taylor

Because of the long hours I spend in my office, many of them alone, sometimes things get a little quiet. The radio on in the background breaks the silence but it is still somewhat lonely. While stretching or taking a break, I usually go to the exterior doors near my office and look out their windows since the only window in the study is quite high and about all I can see…

Sweetheart Banquet

February is right around the corner! What that means for us is that Winterfest is right around the corner but before that, we have another important church event! The Annual Sweetheart Banquet. The Northeast Church of Christ Youth and Family Ministry would like to invite you to our Banquet on February 2nd from 5:30 – 7:00pm. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer to…

The Power of New Opportunities

I am grateful for this New Year! I say that because sometimes we take for granted the blessing that everything in life starts over at some point. Every day comes to an end and with it comes a new day. With every new day comes new demands, new hopes and dreams, and yes, new opportunities to get it right. It is my hope we will all make the most of New Year and New…

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.…