The Scottish minister Alexander Whyte was known for his positive attitude and uplifting prayers in the pulpit.  He always found something for which to be thankful.

One Sunday morning the weather was awful.  It was a dark, dreary and stormy day.  One the deacons remarked, “Well, the preacher won’t have anything to be thankful for on a day like this!”  Continue reading


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An Alternative Response to Ferguson


Last night Norma Jean and I watched the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri.   We live on the other side of the state, 237 miles away, but it seemed like it was happening in our back yard.

Following three months of hearing witnesses and evaluating evidence, Prosecutor Bob McCullough announced the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.  Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Thanks


Rudyard Kipling was a great British poet, novelist and short story writer in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Well known for his fictional work The Jungle Book and his poem IF, Kipling. received the Nobel prize in literature in 1907. The poet Laureate earned a great deal of money from his literary works which spawned criticism in British media.

Hoping for a story, a newspaper reporter once approach him and said, “Mr. Kipling.  I just read that somebody calculated that the money you made from your writings amounts to over $100 a word.”

Kipling raised his eyebrows and said, “Really, I certainly wasn’t aware of that.” Continue reading


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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! The Testimony of Tears

TEARS.JESUSI can vividly recall my Mom taking communion on Sunday.  I was just a child.  But as I sat next to her I could see tears well up in her eyes.  I could sense the emotion.  I didn’t understand it as a kid, but I knew it was a serious and solemn time.

Tears testify to human emotions.  In times of sadness, suffering, and sorrow.  Tears speak when words fail us.  They convey compassion.  They express the yearning of the Heart.  They communicate the state of the spirit.  They reveal the innermost soul of a person. Continue reading

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The Antidote to Procrastination


Yesterday a newsfeed on my facebook page popped up from Cale Andrews. It was a photo of a book he was reading. The chapter was about becoming more productive and realizing your potential. It said there were three catalysts “that put fire under your feet and eliminate procrastination.”

One of the catalysts was coaching. The other was accountability. Then there was this great quote that I wrote down pertaining to the third catalyst.  Continue reading

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By age 12 he was playing the French Horn. By 15, he was performing professionally with the great Jazz musicians of his era. He was the first black musician to break the color barrier in Hollywood as a composer. He’s earned 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend award in 1991. And he achieved notoriety for composing the score of The Color PurpleContinue reading

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Who’s Really The Stupid Person?


“Stupid is as stupid does” is a quote you probably recognize from  Forrest Gump.

Who you may not recognize is Jonathan Gruber, and his recent quote that is being played on many media outlets.  Gruber, a MIT health economist, helped craft the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

In a moment of incredible candor, Gruber admitted to a University of Pennsylvania audience last year that the bill passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.”  Gruber explained, .. if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in — you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed.” Continue reading

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