John Wesley was about 21 years of age when he went to Oxford University. He came from a good home, was gifted with a keen mind and good looks. It’s said, however, he was a bit snobbish and sarcastic.
The eminent Athenian philosopher Plato is credited with saying, “The good teacher does not write his message in ink that will fade; he writes it upon men.”
If that quote is accurate it says a lot about Plato, his teacher Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle. I wonder if the well-educated apostle Paul who learned from the leading first century Rabbinic authority, Gamaliel, had this in mind when he wrote these words in 1 Corinthians 3:1-2? Continue reading
“You are Special” is the title of a children’s book by Max Lucado, in which he tells about a unique community of painted wooden people called Wemmicks.
The Wemmicks give each other gold stars for their achievements or a gray dot sticker for doing not well enough. Punchinello tries hard to receive gold stars from his fellow Wemmicks, but all he ever gets is gray dots. Sadly Punchinello thinks he isn’t very important or worth very much.
Then one day Punchinello meets another Wemmick, Lucia, who doesn’t have any stickers. Neither gold stars nor gray dots. Why? She explains the stickers will not stick to her. Punchinello doesn’t want any stickers on him either. So Lucia takes him to visit Eli, the maker of all Wemmicks. Continue reading
A computer search of “worship” produced this article from 2016. I’m sure I didn’t write it, but there’s no name attached. If you know, let me know. But it’s worth our serious and sober reflection on this Lord’s Day.
There was a time in most churches when the services were focused upon worship that glorified God, and the preaching consisted of reverent instruction from the Scriptures. In some places, it’s still that way. On the other hand, drastic changes are underway in hundreds of churches across the land.
An article appearing in World magazine addressed this phenomenon. Note this quote: Continue reading
Good morning from Indian Shores Beach
We’ve had a wonderful week at one of our favorite places. Now, we’re heading over to Temple Terrace to spend a few days with our kids and grandkids before we journey North for our Fall meetings.
Since COVID-19 canceled our Spring and Summer meetings, we’re excited to return to this work. Meetings and preaching appointments this Fall take us to Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and back to Florida,
A British evangelist, Warner Pidgeon, relates a story that occurred during the reign of Queen Victoria.
The Queen heard that the wife of a common laborer had lost her baby. Having experienced deep sorrow herself, she felt moved to express her sympathy. So she called on the bereaved woman one day and spent some time with her. After she left, the neighbors were curious, “What did the Queen say? They asked. Continue reading
One of the serendipities of our current itinerant ministry is having some Sundays open when we’re traveling and being able to hear fellow preachers.
Not long ago we were visiting the West Citrus church in Crystal River and I heard Michael Lusk preach a sermon entitled “A Fly in the Ointment.” I’ve thought about that lesson ever since and today’s post draws its inspiration from my notes that day. Continue reading
Victor was born in the barrio of Carlsbad, California in 1940. Like his Mexican parents, he only spoke Spanish. In addition to the language barrier, Victor faced cultural challenges, when he began school, as well as blatant discrimination and a reading problem, later diagnosed as dyslexia.
In his Junior year, Victor quit school, moved back to Mexico, and worked for 10 years as a common labor, digging ditches and cleaning houses. During that time he met a compassionate young woman who taught him to read, which fueled his desire to be a writer. Continue reading
Since we have been traveling for the past 28 months we have visited over 40 congregations.
While in most cases I’ve preached for the churches we visited, sometimes we were just passing through and stopped to worship. Being a visitor, as opposed to being a member of that congregation, seems to have heightened my sense of observation about the worship services, Bible classes, preaching, and our reception by the members.
Oscar Wilde is credited with saying that “Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”
Wilde’s point was that consistent living can become a wearisome repetition of sameness day after day. Such consistency can degenerate into a life that is dull. Boring. Trite. Listless. Languid. And essentially lifeless.
In response, an unknown author issued this challenge to get out of the consistency rut. Continue reading