Brief lessons and comments on Bible related subjects.
Big Church, Little Church
The first question people ask when they find out that I'm a minister is the name of the church that I preach for and then, without fail, follow up with the query, "How big is your congregation?"
What's in it for God?
Ever wonder why God wants us to obey Him? What exactly does God receive from our faithfulness and obedience?
The ongoing controversy over accommodating Muslim women wearing various head coverings is more a debate over religious statements than demonstrating true spirituality.
Which War Are You Fighting?
There is a lot of talk concerning war these days. The war on America, war on drugs, and the war against youth violence to name a few.
Back to School
With the big day soon upon us, I offer a few reminders to parents and kids to help get us started on the right foot.
There's a "For Rent" sign in front of a house near my home. It's for rent because the young mother who lived there with her husband and two young children committed suicide recently. Her family has moved out and put the house up for rent.
Lessons on Leadership
With some much attention focused on the new administration in Washington, I think it would be a good time to draw a few lessons on leadership from the Word.
She's ironed my shirts now for twenty years. It's not a big thing, but each time I go to my closet and see them neatly pressed and hung in a row I remember the early years.
The Christmas Cook
This is my 50th Christmas without my father. I thought of him recently while I browned some meatballs for a spaghetti sauce we were cooking up for guests over the holidays.
In my job as a minister I have watched many people die. As awful as this sounds, there is a sameness to the process that, with time...
Take a Breath
I met an unpleasant man the other day. We didn't speak, only shook hands but his body language and the manner of his grip told me that he wasn't interested in speaking or knowing me...
It has long been held that preachers can't count. I suppose it's because they usually overestimate the size of attendance or count the unborn babies as present.
The Virtual God
Time magazine recently had a section devoted to the newest computer products. As I leafed through the latest gadgets and gizmos, I realized that the world and its technology was getting beyond my grasp.
Ali's Final Weigh-In
Recently, ex-boxing champ Muhammad Ali died, and the media is filled with praise for both his athletic accomplishments, which are richly deserved, and his "social activism."
Surviving the Opposition's Candidate
According to the pundits, the possible presidency of either candidate would be the final step in the destruction of this nation. This election has so polarized the American people that each side views the other as the agent of the apocalypse should the other's candidate ascend to the top position in the land...
The applied math site DurangoBill.com explains what the recent changes in Powerball lottery rulings meant for the "players" who buy tickets...
7 Lessons from a 7 Day Cold
I have happily recovered from a nasty cold that never seemed to end. The experience led me to think about some very basic things that even the common cold can teach us.
Reward and Punishment
When I was in Junior High my English teacher taught our class how to write a "precis". A precis is a shortened version of an essay or article that maintains the meaning of the original piece of writing.
Christian is a Christian
Four Questions to Ask Before Baptizing a Child
I recently baptized our eldest grandson, Christian. He is nine years old and because of his age I had some hesitation before going ahead with his baptism.
The Celebrity Pope
Pope Francis has good teeth. I noticed this about him in a picture connected with his recent visit to the U.S. This is as it should be for one who strives to be the new face of the Catholic church witnessed by the carefully choreographed Papal appearances in New York and other cities recently.
Top Ten Things that Kill Church Growth
In this lesson we examine 10 things that hinder church growth.