Monthly Archives: February 2012

Make Today a Special Day

“I wish I had more time…” We’ve all heard that said.  Right?  Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves! About a project.  A deadline.  Bible reading.  Family activities. Or the work day.  Well, today, your wish comes true!  You have an extra day! Because it’s leap year, there are 29 days in February. Continue reading


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           “Mercy!’ is an expression sometimes used by people to indicate great emotion.  I’ve heard folks say, “Mercy, Me!”  But mercy is one of great spiritual qualities we need to understand and apply in our lives. Continue reading

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We Need Friends

I’ve been thinking about friendships. Norma and I spent last week-end with our special friends Steve and Theresa McAllister. We’ve known each other since the mid 1970’s. They are “forever friends.” The kind that even though you may not see each other for a while, you can just pick up where you left off and have a great time together. Being with them just reminded me about the beauty, the joy and value of good friendships. Continue reading


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Communion with Christ

Today finds my wife and me in Ft Lauderdale,Florida.  I’m preaching in a week-end meeting with the Northside church where my good friend Steve McAllister preaches.  We’ve been with these fine brethren in the past and it’s a pleasure to return.   Continue reading

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Christians and Pop Culture

 In a Washington Post article, February 23, 2012, about the recent abortion debate in Virginia, the Post reported how lawmakers had been ridiculed and lampooned on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The article quoted Steve Jarding, a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Democratic consultant who has run campaigns in Virginia. He made a very telling statement that speaks to the mentality of the masses today when he said, “You never want to get on the wrong side of popular culture. When people are laughing at you, you know you’ve gone too far.” Continue reading

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Spring Speaking Schedule


I’d love to see friends of mine around the country at various places I will speaking in the next few weeks.  If you are in the areas listed, hope you can come and visit.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Northside church of Christ, Feb 24-26, Theme: “Belonging to One Another

Kettering (Dayton area) Ohio, Kettering church of Christ, Mar 4-7, Theme: “Into the Light” Continue reading


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Belonging To One Another

 An Army Chaplain tells the story of sitting in the Officer’s Club one rainy day. In fact, it was more than rainy.  It was a storm. The winds were blowing fiercely.  The rains were descending in sheets.  Nearby, two officer’s wives were watching the storm through the big picture window. Continue reading


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Service Above Self

107 years ago day on February 23, 1905, Paul Harris, a Chicago attorney,  met with three business colleagues Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele  to talk about their personal experiences. Harris then unfolded his general plan for the formation of a club. From that inauspicious beginning the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago was born.  Today there are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas world-wide, who volunteer their time, share their talent and give of their treasure to serve their local community and people around the world. Continue reading


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Loving the Unlovely

If you have children, you have seen “Beauty and the Beast.”  In fact you probably own a copy!  For those not into fairy tales, “The “Beast” is a Prince who could not love and was placed under a spell.  In order to turn back into a Prince, he had to win the love of another and return it before his twenty-first birthday.  But who could love a grotesque beast?  Well, this is where the lovely Belle, a girl from a small French town who is dissatisfied with life, enters the picture. Continue reading


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President’s Day Reflections: What Substitute for a Religious Society?

This from as I write my blog on this President’s day, February 20, 2012 

Shaun Casey, the religious affairs adviser to presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, said at a discussion on Tuesday about “God and Politics” that the demise of religious society in the United States is a good thing.

“I, frankly, am glad American civil religion is dying,” said Casey, who is an associate professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Continue reading


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