This morning reading Romans 8 reminded me of the story of little Johnny visiting his grandparents on their farm.
Johnny was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced shooting rocks, but he could never hit the target. Discouraged, he headed back inside for lunch.
As he returned to his grandma’s backyard, he spied her pet duck. Impulsively he took aim and hit the duck square in the head and killed it. Johnny panicked and hid the duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister, Sally, watching. Continue reading
Jack Cottrell was a professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian University from 1967 to 2015 and the author of numerous books. He often wrote regarding faith, grace and baptism.
Regarding salvation, Cottrell wrote, “Both faith and baptism are conditions for salvation, but faith is the means and baptism is the time.”
He then shared this illustration to make his point. Continue reading
This morning as we finish packing and await Altas Van Lines to move us from North Texas, I’m reminded of the late and well known Texas preacher, Robert Turner, who wrote a column called “Stuff About Things.”
The regular feature, on the back page of his bulletin “Plain Talk” which was published for 20 years, was a potpourri of thoughts, ideas and spiritual lessons from a variety of sources. Later “Stuff About Things” was published in a book, which I remember packing with all my office stuff. It was good stuff. Continue reading
“Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out,” once observed the mysterious quoter with the pseudonym, Libbie Fudim.
Indeed memories, “can warm you up from the inside,” as the Japanese author, Haruki Murakami once wrote.
And then one of my favorite quotes by author Kevin Arnold, “Memory is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” Continue reading
My friend and preaching colleague, Wilson Adams called it “Symptomatology.” I thought he made it up. But it’s a real word. A medical word. But Wilson defined it as “treating symptoms instead of the real problem.”
“Truth is,” Wilson wrote in a recent facebook post, “we are becoming quite numb to school, church, and public killings. Immersed in a culture of violence, we are witnessing a lost generation without conscience moorings.”
“Why?” He asks. Continue reading
In yesterday’s post, I Am Not Ashamed, we spoke to a single aspect of one of the great verses of the Bible, Romans 1:16. But there is more to be considered from this special verse.
Paul, the author of Romans, had formerly been a persecutor of Christians. He was known as Saul of Tarsus. However, he renounced his Judaism, surrendered his advantages, privileges, and credentials and became despised, rejected and persecuted by the enemies of Christ.
Why? Continue reading
In this age of post-modernism, pragmatism, and market-driven ministry there seems to be some embarrassment in some circles regarding the gospel message.
ThePreachersWord is posted on a number of religious facebook pages, many with names connected to churches of Christ. Yet, I often see extremely pejorative comments regarding the truth, scripture and the beliefs of brethren in general. The church is often downgraded and dismissed as an unnecessary, outdated relic of the past. Continue reading
Yesterday was an emotional day for us at West Main. Although next Sunday is our last Sunday, yesterday the sisters hosted a farewell party for us. With next weekend being the Memorial Day holiday, this worked well for all of us.
It was an afternoon filled with laughter and some tears. Hugs and handshakes. Funny stories. Parting gifts. Lovely cards. Delicious desserts. And most of all the special feeling of kinship that was in the air. Continue reading
This morning from our Bible reading in Acts 27 I was reminded of this commonly quoted phrase, “This, too, shall pass.”
It is a paraphrase taken from the King James Bible “and it came to pass.” It occurs 477 times in the KJV and 177 in the NKJV. In more modern translations is it used far less often.
It is an expression used by folks working through difficult circumstances. There is no definitive answer for the exact origin of this popular saying, but some seem to think it stems from a fable written by Persian Sufi poets. Others suggest it was a part of Jewish folklore and credit King Solomon, although it is not recorded in the Bible. Continue reading
Presently I am involved in the massive job of cleaning out both my home and church office. I am discovering things I had either forgotten about or didn’t know I had.
One serendipity is finding short quotes I’ve jotted down on a card or scrap of paper that never got filed. Here’s one on the back of a card from Miss Mary Bobo’s in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Apparently I heard it there. Or maybe read it on a plague in their gift shop. Continue reading