Cleland McAfee was a preacher and song writer from Parkville, Mo,. He lived in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. He was known for often writing his own songs that fit the theme of a sermon he was preaching. In 1903 he suffered the tragic loss of two infant nieces to diphtheria.
His daughter, in her book Near to the Heart of God, describes what happened. Continue reading
Words change their meaning. Become euphuisms. Or are highjacked by pop culture to mean something totally different than intended.
There is a classic scene in 1986 movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” where the Principle, Mr. Ronney, is discussing with his secretary, Grace, the problem of a wise guy who’s been skipping school.
Ronney says, “I don’t trust this kid any further than I can throw him.” He worries that Ferris Bueller will be a bad influence on the student body and undermine his ability to govern the school Continue reading
Last Friday night, Norma Jean and I saw the movie Son of God. Without critiquing the movie’s “mistakes”, overall we enjoyed the movie and found it inspirational.
The thesis of the movie is captured in the title: SON OF GOD. It is in stark contrast to many other movies through the years that cast doubt on Jesus’ Deity. The 1973 Rock Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, written by Andrew Loyd Webber and Tim Rice, pictured Jesus as a mere man, questioning and doubting the whole idea of dying on the cross. Continue reading
“When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life,” once said the 19th century Irish writer and poet, Oscar Wilde. Then he added, “Now that I am old, I know that it is!”
If the truth is known, this may be the feeling of many people today. It seems that money occupies a part of almost every day. We work to make money. Save money. Spend money. Invest money. Give money. Continue reading
Phillip Yancey, in his book “The Jesus I Never Knew,” tells about a Texas A & M professor, Virginia Owens, who assigned her students to write a short essay on the sermon on the mount. Here’s a sample of some of the student’s reactions: Continue reading
Norma Jean and I missed church Sunday.
The winter storm Titan came across KCMO Saturday and Sunday with sleet and snow, making travel hazardous, and forcing many churches to cancel services. Including our Church Family at Hickman Mills.
The whole day was really weird for me. Being home all day. Missing worship. Not preaching. Norma Jean and I really missed assembling with the saints. What did we miss? Continue reading
Polycarp was a second century Christian who lived at the time of Roman persecution.
This godly man, one of the bishops of the church at Smyrna, managed to escape persecution for almost his entire life. However, at age 86, he was suddenly a target of the Roman government.
Friends urged him to flee and go into hiding. Polycarp refused. When the soldiers came to his door, he let the them in and said, “God’s will be done.” Historians record that he was brought before the local proconsul, Statius Quadratus, who interrogated him in front of a curious crowd of bystanders. Continue reading