Monthly Archives: August 2013



For over a year I have written a column every Friday on ThePreachersWord called IT’S FRIDAY.  BUT SUNDAY’S COMING!  It has spoken to some aspect of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as it relates to our lives today.

Well, it’s Friday.  But today’s post is different. Continue reading


Filed under Blogs

“With this Ring, I thee Lease….”


(Based on the number of hits, this post was the 4th most popular in 2013)

Picture this scene.

After a lovely dinner, under a full moon, Joshua gets down on one knee, opens a box with a sparkling diamond ring, hands it to Jessica and says, “Honey, I’d love to lease you…”

That doesn’t sound very romantic! Lease you?  Not marry you?  Well, not if Florida attorney, Paul Rampell has his way.  Continue reading


Filed under 2013 Top Posts, Marriage

What Do You Know Good?


“Preacher, what da’ ya’ know good?”  asked D. B. Whittle.  This was always the first question the aged brother would ask when I went to visit him in the nursing home.

It’s been a lot of years since we lived in Palmetto, Florida. I was a young preacher.  Learning. Growing.  Making mistakes.  But trying to get better.  And the brethren helped me.   Our family has great memories of those 9 years.   Wonderful friendships were formed that exist to this day. Continue reading


Filed under Encouragement

What Has Happened To Shame?


Sunday evening Norma Jean and I were watching Mike Huckabee’s program.  I always like his opening monologues. They’re refreshing. Value-driven.  And filled with common sense.

Sunday evening he was talking about the “embarrassing spectacle” caused by New York politicians former Congressman Anthony Weiner who is running for Mayor and former governor Eliot Spitzer who is vying for the job of City Comptroller.  What a pair!  A pervert.  And a cheater who frequented prostitutes.

But I’m so tired of hearing about these immoral politicians, I was about to tune Governor Huckabee out when he asked an important and probing question, “What has happened to the simple virtue of shame?”   Continue reading


Filed under Sin



The Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World.”   It is called  “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.”

The Temple’s inspiration was supposedly based on the great love the Moguel emperor Shah Jahn had for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  When she died he was devastated.  Grief stricken, he ordered this edifice erected as her final resting place.  No expense would be spared in honoring his beloved.  Continue reading


Filed under Purpose, Word of the Week



He may not be the “Second Coming,” but his Mom thinks he’s pretty special!  And she believes she has the right to name her baby whatever she chooses!

Jalessa Martin, a Newport, Tennessee woman, recently sought a court order to establish paternity for her baby boy.  The request also included a ruling on the child’s last name, since Jalessa and the boy’s father couldn’t agree.

However,  Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the child’s first name changed when she learned the mother had named him “Messiah.” Continue reading


Filed under Cross, It's Friday. But Sunday's Coming!

Why Work, When Food’s Free?


Jason Greenslate.  He’s the most recent “poster-child” of what’s broken in American society.

During an investigation into the record number of food stamp recipients, Fox News reporter John Roberts  met Greenslate, a surfer and rocker, who is living the self-described “Rattlife” in San Diego.

Although Jason attended college and  is a trained recording engineer, he told Roberts he has no paycheck because holding down a steady job isn’t for him. So, the 29-year old “suffer dude” signed up for SNAP.  He receives $200 a month in taxpayer money for food. Greenslate simply said, “I don’t got a paycheck coming in, so I qualify.”  Continue reading


Filed under Work

Where is God Leading You?


Sean and Hannah Gastonguay were fed up.

They were fed up with governmental intrusion in their lives.  Fed up with moral state of America.  Fed up with unfair taxation.   Hannah said as Christians they don’t believe in ‘‘abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church.”  U.S. ‘‘churches aren’t their own,’’ Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with religious independence.

So the northern Arizona family decided to do something about it. Continue reading


Filed under America, Culture, Morality

Word of the Week: Repent


Rick Stacy, a Michigan preacher, tells a neat story about a man named Ken Bailey.

Ken was a laborer on the Alaska Pipeline back in the mid 1970’s. He worked a year and came back with $30,000. That was a lot of money 30 years ago! He blew it all in a month.

He went back and in six months made another $18,000. He came home again and this time he decided to visit the church where Rick preached. Continue reading


Filed under Repentance, Word of the Week

IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! From Hopeless to Hope!


Florence Chadwick was an American swimmer who was the first woman to swim the English channel both ways.

In 1952 Chadwick decided to swim the 26 miles from Catalina Island to the California coastline.   The day she stepped in the waters of the Pacific Ocean the weather was foggy and chilly.  She was flanked by small boats, but could hardly see them. Continue reading


Filed under Christ, It's Friday. But Sunday's Coming!