Growing Together

The other day I was having a conversation with a man who told me that his truck was his church.  This was in response to my question about where he went to church.  Evidently he prayed while he was driving, and that qualified in his mind as “church.” This is not an uncommon mindset among… [Read More]

More Than We Can Repay

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother. (Abraham Lincoln) How do you properly honor a mother?  What can you say?  What can you do in order to show the proper respect and appreciation for a person who loves deeply and unconditionally for a lifetime?  For 101 years now, our… [Read More]

The Power of Motherhood

Cesar Vallejo is the greatest poet to have come out of Peru in the twentieth century, perhaps all of Latin America.  The youngest of the eleven children, Vallejo was very close to his family and his mother in particular.  It was her nurturing spirit early on and later her friendship that provided him with a… [Read More]

Toil, Solitude and Prayer

  In an age when we are equipped with every imaginable gadget and buckets of advice covering every subject known to man, we are just as lost and unproductive as we have ever been. Perhaps the answer to success is not in the latest organizational tool or in time management techniques.  Paganini had a formula… [Read More]

More Beyond

For centuries Spain’s motto was “Nothing More Beyond.”  The country was proud of its position on the Atlantic, a position they felt situated them on the edge of the world.  According to popular belief, if a mariner were to try to venture beyond Spain’s horizon, he would fall over the edge like a baby’s bottle… [Read More]

Pursuing Our True Nature

Moses writes that on day six of creation, the Lord God made man in his own image (Genesis 1:26-27).  That brief revelation about human nature is all we need to understand the Bible’s demands for Christian living. Kurt Vonnegut summarized humanism with his famous statement, “Being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation… [Read More]

We Have to Do Something

I don’t like to write negative articles.  I would much rather write about something that has encouraged me or moved me for a positive reason.  But this morning I am disappointed.  The exhausted, shake-your-head kind of disappointed.  As I write this article, Easter Sunday is three days away – and Twitter knows it.  The most… [Read More]

Unrealistic Expectations

Have you ever considered the pressure felt by the wives and children of Elders, Deacons, and Ministers?  We, as a congregation, often praise the work of our leaders and servants but neglect the contributions of the family behind the scenes.  The man and the people behind the man are often the subject of great scrutiny… [Read More]

The Bill of Rights

Americans are proud of their freedoms. Perhaps there is no one place where our freedoms are more on display than the amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was written to balance out the power of the federal government inherent in the United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson and… [Read More]

A Culture of Indifference

The following is a news story taken from Philip Jenkins’ book, The Lunch Ladies (which I highly recommend): A sad death in New York city.  Surveillance cameras in a city-run psychiatric hospital emergency room in Brooklyn capture a woman falling from a chair, writhing on the floor, and dying.  Hospital staff and other patients watch… [Read More]