Monthly Archives: August 2013

When You Care Enough to Encourage

card.hallmark2Kansas City, Missouri, is the home of Hallmark.  The company is over 100 years old.  And is an iconic presence in the metro area.  One of the members of our church family works there.  And by all indications Hallmark is a responsible corporate citizen in our community.

You’ve seen their touching commercials.  Received their wonderful cards.  And probably visited their unique stores.  You know they have a special product.  But the prolific author anonymous has composed a list of “Cards You’ll Never See at Hallmark.”  Continue reading


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Graphic Beating Raises Cultural Concerns


“The windmilling fists and stomping feet rain down blows on the 13-year-old boy,” reports CNN.

“Trapped on the floor between the bus seats, he cries out as he receives fierce punch after vicious kick from the three bigger, older youths.”

The video just surfaced yesterday.  It’s stunning. Shocking.  And frightening.  St   Petersburg, Florida,  bus driver, John Moody, called dispatcher and yelled, You gotta get somebody here quick, quick, quick, quick. They’re about to beat this boy to death over here.” Continue reading


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Yes, We’re Still Being Trained!


Yesterday’s post about Norma Jean and I being in Tulsa for a marriage training workshop elicited varied reactions.  Some were posted.  Some were personal to me.  Others were on facebook.  I think it touched a nerve.

I appreciate all the responses.  Especially the encouraging and kind words.  I liked the funny ones as well that were posted on facebook. 

“I didn’t know the FBI did training.”  That was FDI, Mark!  As in Family Dynamics Institute.

“Thanks Ken, this may help some of my “friends” here on FB better understand us oddball Christians.”  Well, Harold, sadly, I guess  promoting God-ordained marriage seems “oddball” to many people.

But my favorite was from Alyee. Continue reading


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S. M. Lockridge (1913-2000) was a prominent African-American preacher known for his dynamic, passionate, and fervent sermons. His most famous sermon was “He’s my King.” Several years ago author and speaker Tony Campolo was so impressed by Lockridge’s lesson on “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming!” that he began to deliver the lesson himself and even wrote a book with that title.

Sixteen months ago we began a Friday column under that heading. Since we have so many new readers I would like to share again a part of that famous sermon by Lockridge.  But first a brief explanation.  Continue reading


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What A-Rod Could Learn from Davis Riley


Even if you’re not a baseball fan, it would be difficult to miss the big news of the latest scandal involving performance enhancing drugs.

Ryan Braun is already serving a negotiated 65 game suspension.  It’s rumored as many as 20 others may be found guilty including New York Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez.  While many are continuing to work with MLB,  negotiating shorter suspensions, A-Rod has vowed to fight it.  Continue reading

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