Today finds Norma Jean and me in the Washington, D. C. area with Phil and Lori Mullins. It is combination vacation and meeting trip. I will be speaking for the Dulles church on the topic of leadership over the week-end.
Next week we hope to see some of the time-honored memorials in the area. The newly remodeled and reopened Washington Monument. The Lincoln memorial. The Jefferson Memorial. Arlington. One day we may drive to Gettysburg and see the battlefield memorials in the National cemetery. Continue reading
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 raging 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
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the first degree murder conviction in the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor.
He was found guilty of murdering three babies born alive in his abortion clinic by severing their spines with scissors following delivery. And convicted on two counts of gross negligence of two mothers. In addition Gosnell was convicted for killing 21 babies in utero, which is not murder in these cases, but a violation of Pennsylvania’s legal-abortion limit. Continue reading
George Whitfield conducted outdoor evangelistic campaigns in the 1700’s throughout the American colonies, a period of revival called the “Great Awakening.”
Thousands responded to his Gospel message. Once he was asked how many were converted after one of his sermons. He replied, “We’ll know in five years.” Continue reading
Anna Marie Jarvis was 12 years old when she got the inspiration for a special day celebrating mothers.
Her mother was teaching a Bible class on “Mothers of the Bible.” At the end of class, Mrs. Jarvis said, “I hope that someone, sometime will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.” Continue reading
“A wonderful savior is Jesus my Lord, a wonderful savior to me” begins the hymn by the famous song writer Fanny Crosby. Yet the circumstances of Crosby’s life were anything but wonderful.
Three tragic events impacted Fanny Crosby that could have rendered her discouraged, depressed and impotent to accomplish success in her life. Continue reading
“I feel like a failure,” lamented the voice on the other end of the line.
I could hear the hurt. I could feel the frustration. I could envision the embarrassment. I understood. I have heard it all through the years. Moral failures. Marriage failures. Parenting failures. Financial failures. Continue reading
Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop whose open and brazenly homosexual lifestyle ripped apart his denomination, announced that he is divorcing his male partner of 25 years.
Robinson made national news when he was elected as the first openly homosexual bishop of the Episcopal church in 2003. In protest, Conservative Episcopalians quit the church and formed the Anglican church in North America. Continue reading
For five years Wolfgang Dircks had received little notes from annoyed neighbors at his little Hamburg apartment. One read, “You have again failed to sweep the staircase.”
There were 17 families who shared the same apartment complex. They knew little about Dircks, except he was divorced, disabled, and difficult to get along with. Left crippled after a hip surgery, he was a bitter, lonely man. Yet the neighbors would put his name on the rotation for chores and he always missed his turn. They simply dismissed it as the inconsiderate and stubborn man he was. No one thought about ringing his door bell and asking, “Why?” Continue reading
Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th President, was quite a colorful character. He was an author, naturalist, historian and explorer. When the Spanish-American war broke out in 1898, he helped form the famous “Rough Riders.” And for a period of time he operated a ranch in the Dakotas. His reputation was one of honor. Honesty. And integrity. Continue reading