Just One Thing

Once in the fall, a fox and hedgehog crossed paths and the fox said to the hedgehog, “Come with me to steal some grapes from the vineyard.” The hedgehog replied, “I cannot because I am afraid of the traps that have been laid there!” The fox said to the hedgehog, “Don’t worry! You’ll come to… [Read More]

All of a Piece

On the way to the house of a prominent ruler of a synagogue, Jesus encountered a poor woman who had suffered from an affliction for twelve years. She had tried everything and was at her wits’ end when she saw the crowd pressed around Jesus. She had heard the reports about him and believed in… [Read More]

Making (and Keeping) Resolutions

At this time of the year, people are making New Year’s resolutions.  Weight Watchers is seeing a bump in their enrollment, and Nicorette’s first quarter earnings are looking good.  People are promising themselves that 2015 will be the year they pay off their debt or get more exercise or reduce their stress levels or stop… [Read More]

No Reverse

Some things get better with time but some things just don’t – like my grandpa’s old green 1990 Ford Crown Victoria. In spite of our best efforts, that old car was seemingly indestructible.  By the time my grandpa officially retired “The Green Car” (as we lovingly called it), the Crown Vic had racked up over… [Read More]

Next Year, Next Time

I know it sounds cliché, but it’s hard to believe another year has gone by.  It seems like it was just yesterday that we were talking about making 2014 a great year, and now we’re talking about 2015. Time flies when you’re having fun, to quote another well-worn phrase.  And don’t get me wrong.  I… [Read More]

Three Things

What makes you happy in life?  Not just ‘crack-a-smile’ happy.  What makes you truly, deeply, fully happy and satisfied?  Scottish writer Alexander Chalmers once made the claim that “a person only needs 3 things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”  Chalmers made this… [Read More]

Purpose Sunday

Another year is coming to an end, and as we look back we can say that the Lord has richly blessed us, some more than others.  As a country, we have had a few years of economic prosperity, and conditions look much better than they did five or six years ago.  Of course, some of… [Read More]

At the Fall of the Leaf

Alabama is beautiful this time of the year.  Autumn is winding down, and we might have one or two more weeks of beautiful fall foliage—those reds, yellows, and browns.  The earth has shifted on its axis like a person turning in his sleep to avoid the daylight creeping through his window, and we breathe a… [Read More]

Staying Positive

Kevin Durant has made the news again.  The reigning MVP of the National Basketball Association has been sidelined for first 6 – 8 weeks of this season as he recovers from foot surgery.  During those 6 – 8 weeks, Durant will miss anywhere from 20-25 games.  He has only missed 16 games throughout his entire… [Read More]

The Bible, Hell and Homosexuality

Last week Time ran an article by John Shore entitled, “What Christianity without Hell Looks Like.”  The first line reads, “The idea that the Bible declares hell a real and literal place is no more valid than the toxic lie that the Bible condemns homosexuality.” Hell is clearly revealed to be an eternal place of punishment… [Read More]