I’ve been really busy the last few months. I’m not complaining. I love the people I work with and love the people we serve even more. Still, it’s good to have a moment to contemplate life. My mind is usually buzzing with a dozen different ideas at once, so contemplation, that moment where God says “hush”, is very hard for me. A few years ago, … Continue reading Perception is a bad measure of reality
I’ve been really busy the last few months and I haven’t written anything here or on any of my other blogs. I have written some articles for work but I’ve neglected these periodic online head cleanses and I have missed them. Blaming it on being busy is really not a good excuse. Except for when I gave myself a Lenten writing challenge, I’ve never been … Continue reading A Bunch of Things About Truth
Since I haven’t written in a while, here’s a few stories, loosely linked together, contemplating our mortality. Exciting topic, right? Every culture has its own way of honoring those who have passed away but I am reminded of a few verses of scripture from Ecclesiastes talking about the futility of it all. I covered some of the verses in my small group lesson comparing Ecclesiastes … Continue reading Emails from the Great Beyond
I have a lot of great memories gained from growing up in church. Some things, however, brought me brief moments of terror as a child but I can laugh about them now. I can remember the pastor at our Baptist church calling on men in the congregation to lead prayer. For several years, I thought this was random and I sat terrified that I would … Continue reading What is the best Bible?
Among other things, my job involves leading foreign mission teams. Specifically, I travel to Uganda, Africa. If you want to go, message me in the comments at the end of this article. Leading a mission team is tricky. For one thing, people don’t always understand why they are going on a mission trip. We don’t go on missions to throw money at people, to build … Continue reading Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Time can get away from you. As we near the end of a most untraditional year, here’s a chance to revive a holiday tradition—the Christmas Letter. People have always sent holiday greetings but the Christmas Letter, as far as I can tell, became somewhat of a tradition in the 1950s. The format is simple. The writer will, in one way or another, comment how quickly … Continue reading A Christmas Letter
Several years ago, I got asked to speak at a church on the topic of giving. Of all people, I don’t know how they could have picked me. I had not made a big gift. I didn’t even give regularly. I stressed over what to say. On a good day, I am not a great public speaker. I prefer to talk ad libitum and just … Continue reading Gentle whispers and burning bushes
I love roller coasters. I love life. Both make me anxious. For some people, a roller coaster is analogous of life. It has thrills, curves, highs, lows. But, to me, it’s not a good representation because everyone on the roller coaster is going through the same hills, curves, highs and lows at the same time. In life, we are not all on the same path—and … Continue reading Life’s Roller Coaster
Here’s another one I wrote for “Parenting Points.” Here’s the link to the original. Hope you enjoy. Let me know in the comments. *** As I was pumping gas earlier this week, and taking note of the “summer surge” in gas prices, I was reminded of a conversation I had with my daughter about a year ago. It made me smile. On the morning … Continue reading Things We Learn From Children
This is an article I wrote for the Parenting Point column in Anniston/Gadsden Christian Family magazine. You can visit that site here. *** If you watch television, you may have seen the series of commercials where adults begin to act exactly like their parents. While humorous, the commercials ring true. That’s what makes them funny. At some point, most of us begin to assume certain … Continue reading Do as I say, not as I do