In the ensuing weeks since the tragic murder of a black man in Minneapolis by a rogue police officer, we’ve witnessed a great deal of societal upheaval.
There have been peaceful protests against racism and unfair treatment by law enforcement officers. This is an American right and tradition. And it’s lawful.
However, some of these protests or at least the occasion of them have given license for trouble makers to take advantage of this situation and engage in rioting and looting. This has resulted in buildings being burned. Businesses destroyed. Public and private property vandalized. And historical monuments being defaced and demolished Continue reading
Our time in the mountains reminded me of a story about a man named Jack was walking along a steep cliff one day. He accidentally got too close to the edge and fell. On the way down he grabbed a branch, which temporarily stopped his fall. He looked down and to his horror saw that the canyon fell straight down for more than a thousand feet.
He couldn’t hang onto the branch forever, and there was no way for him to climb up the steep wall of the cliff. So Jack began yelling for help, hoping that someone passing by would hear and rescue him.
HELP! HELP! Is anyone up there? Continue reading
Yesterday as we were leaving Polson, MT, and driving past Flathead Lake with the sun rising over the majestic Mission mountains towering in the background, I asked Norma Jean, “What one word comes to your mind when you view this scenery?
“Almost awesome,” she replied.
“That’s two words,” I responded, “Why, not just say, ‘awesome’”? Continue reading
An army General was walking around the base one day and saw soldier acting oddly.
The soldier picked up a piece of paper off the ground. Looked at it. Frowned. Shook his head. And said, “That’s not it.”
This same scenario was frequently repeated every day for some time. He would pick up some random scrap paper and mutter, “That’s not it.”
Finally, his commanding officer sent him to the base psychiatrist for a mental evaluation. After extensive testing, it was determined the solider was mentally imbalanced and was given a medical discharge. Continue reading
“Worship does not satisfy our hunger for God–it whets our appetite,” wrote the late American author and theologian, Eugene Peterson.
Think about that a bit as you go to worship services today.
We speak of “going to church.” Or “attending worship.” How about going to worship and praise God? Of coming into His presence in a unique way? Continue reading
We’re continuing to enjoy the majestic mountains, the scenic Flathead Lake, and of course, the cooler weather of Montana.
We’re in Polson, where I will preach again this Sunday. The brethren have been very welcoming and we’ve enjoyed our time with them.
We’re continuing to wait and see if the Canadian border reopens July 21st. Continue reading
We all love to make lists.
To do lists.
Well, the list of lists is endless Continue reading
Paul Faulkner once told a story about a man who was trying to share his faith in Jesus with a woman who was going through a tough time.
The woman told him that her life was falling apart. Nothing was working. Her daughter had been killed in an accident. Her husband was unfaithful to her. Now, she was about to lose her job.
“When the world crashes in on you…to whom do you turn?” asked the man. Continue reading
“What do you do when you’re not preaching?”
“It must be nice to work only one day a week.”
“I’d like to come and see you this afternoon. Since it’s not Sunday, I assume you’re free.”
“Do you have a job? Or just preach?”
“That was like a really good TED talk about Jesus!” Continue reading
Today, as I write these words, we should be returning to the USA from a trip to Greece and Turkey which followed the travels of the apostles Paul and John.
Then we would drive back across the border to Ontario, Canada, where we should have been since May 14, to begin a meeting at Jordan. Then a VBS at Wellandport. And on to South River for another meeting.
Instead, we’re in Polson, Montana. Looking out at the scenic Mission Mountains and Flathead Lake.
What happened? Continue reading