07Dec 2018

On Friday, January 20, 1961, the young, charismatic Democrat senator from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the Thirty-Fifth President of this Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Among America’s most eloquent speakers, Kennedy’s inaugural address was full of stirring ideas clothed in splendid words. Many think the most […]

25Oct 2018

One of Yogi Berra’s choicest Yogi-isms is “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” And crazy as it sounds, we do. Every day, all day long, we come to fork after fork in our road. And we take them. We make choice after choice after choice. Jesus reminds us we make […]

04Sep 2018

What should we do when a Christian we know goes into the Far Country? A Christian goes into the Far Country when he/she makes a wreck of his/her life. Falling into David-like scandalous sin (2 Samuel 11). Making Lot-like bad choices that end in heartache (Genesis 13:1-13). Engaging in Jonah-like rebellion against the Lord (Jonah […]

20Aug 2018

In Matthew 17:27 Jesus teaches us 6 lessons on civility in the school of a small fish: However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give […]

10Aug 2018

Are you a happy Christian? Is your Christianity bringing you as much pleasure as you get from eating a good meal or reading a great book or visiting with your best friend? Don’t brush away these questions as if they’re flies at a picnic. Martin Luther says, “A Christian should and must be a cheerful […]

06Aug 2018

I’m a congenital pessimist. I came from the womb seeing the glass as half-empty. My temperament makes Charlie Brown seem like Joel Osteen. And I’ve had my share of rainy days and Mondays that have gone on for weeks. But in spite of it all, I’m a Grace-Focused Optimist. Why? Because of a single fact. […]