Yesterday, as Norma Jean and I toured the National Museum of Archaeology in Athens and viewed the artifacts of the great thinkers and philosophers of Greece and Rome, it occurred to me that with all their intellectual acumen, most did not truly know Jehovah God.
Yesterday’s post discussed Paul’s sermon revealing to the Epicureans and Stoics “The Unknown God” as Jehovah God. Many mocked the apostle’s message. Regardless, God has revealed Himself to us. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I spent the morning touring the area of the Areopagus and The Parthenon, where the virgin goddess Athena was worshiped. Previously I had only seen pictures and visited the Athens of the south, Nashville, Tennesse and seen its replica.
It is amazing to see the actual Parthenon, built between 447 and 438 B.C. As I looked across to Areopagus Hill, I thought about the apostle Paul’s visit to this same city as recorded by Luke in Acts 17. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I toured the Panathenaic Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in Athens, Greece. It is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble.
Originally built in the 4th century B.C., it was rebuilt in 144 B.C. in marble by Herodes Atticus, an Athenian Roman senator. After the 4th century it was abandoned until excavated in 1869 and hosted the Zappas Olympics in 1870 and 1875. After being refurbished, it was the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Continue reading
Yesterday was a unique and wonderful experience for Norma Jean and me.
The day began in a most unusual way as we slept in until 11:00 am. That has never happened on a Sunday morning. Obviously, we were catching up on the missed sleep on the flight from the United States to Greece.
After enjoying some local coffee and Greek pastry, we ventured out to explore some of the sites close to our apartment. Following an enjoyable lunch with the best gyros I’ve ever eaten, we hurried back to our temporary home to get ready for the 6:00 p.m. worship service in English. Continue reading
Two or three times a year we take a break from blogging. This is one of those times. But this is the most unique. And a once in a lifetime occurrence.
It is a celebration of our 50th anniversary. And it is out of the country. We are leaving this morning from Chicago, O’Hare. (Thanks to Steve Wolfgang for the park and fly service) Continue reading
“A Georgia teenager wrote a letter to God and then sent it to the clouds attached to helium balloons – and was shocked this week when she received a response,” reported Michael Foust in ChristianHeadlines.com
“The 18-year-old teen girl, Mykehia Curry,” Foust wrote, “was inspired to write a letter to God about her financial situation. She is planning to attend college.”
“God help me go to college. God this is me again, please help me get everything I need to leave Wednesday. I love you, Amen,” the letter read, according to WMAZ-TV. Continue reading
Have you ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle and come down to the final piece or two and can’t find it? Frustrating isn’t it?
Maybe you’ve bought some shelves from Ikea that require assembly. You begin to put it together and there’s an important piece missing it. Irritating, isn’t it?
Or you’ve bought the special toy that your child has been wanting. Bring it home. Open it up. Begin following the directions to assemble it. And something needed was not included? Aggravating, isn’t it? Continue reading
A Pennsylvania preacher, Doug Henry, tells a funny story about a Maryland woman, Edith, who was a mother of eight children.
One Saturday afternoon Edith was returning home from visiting a neighbor. As she began to enter the house, she noticed 5 of her youngest children, all huddled together, looking at something that captivated their curiosity. As she quietly tip-toed over to see what was happening, she could hardly believe her eyes. In the middle of the circle were several baby skunks.
“Run, children, run,” she screamed at the top of her voice. Continue reading
When we first arrived in Ontario, Mike Stephens, the Wellandport preacher for over 20 years, and I were discussing my schedule for the summer. This discussion turned to the topic of small, struggling churches. He commented regarding one of the congregations, “Oh, they’re struggling to reach 200, but they are not struggling spiritually.”
In reflecting on the summer and my association with several, but not all, of the Ontario churches, I echo this sentiment. Often in the States, we equate strength with numbers. But careful observation and scriptural consideration reveal this is not necessarily so. Continue reading
Yesterday I preached my final sermon and taught my last class for the summer at Wellandport, as we said goodbye to our Canadian friends and brethren. Today we will be crossing the border back into the United States.
The past 2 months have been a real joy and a tremendous blessing as Norma Jean and I transition into a new phase in our lives. We determined some time ago to “retire” from what we call located work with one congregation, but not retire from preaching.
The Wellandport brethren have been wonderful. They have graciously received us and welcomed us to make our temporary home with them as we traveled throughout Ontario and shared the Word. Continue reading