Some folks are like the fellow who was talking to his preacher and said he wasn’t much use in the church or the world because he had only one talent.
“Oh, that shouldn’t discourage you,” said the preacher. “What is your talent?”
“The talent of judging others.” Continue reading
The 19th century American Humorist, Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain was known as a critic of organized religion. He often poked fun at preachers and their preaching.
One Sunday Twain attended a Sunday service. Afterward, he met the preacher at the door and said he had a book at home with every word he preached that morning.
The minister assured him that the sermon was an original. Twain still held his position. So the preacher demanded to see this book. Twain said he would send it over to his office the next morning. Continue reading
For the past four weeks, Norma Jean and I have been living and working with the church in Madrid, Iowa.
In addition to preaching each Sunday and working with their fine young preacher, Stefan Richardson, the shepherds asked me to teach some classes on Parenting. Our theme has been Parenting with Purpose. Continue reading
My childhood years in the 1950’s were a time of innocence and isolation from so many evils in the world we see today on a regular basis.
Saturday mornings were usually filled with watching cartoons like The Woody Woodpecker show, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse and Yogi Bear. Parents didn’t have too worry about what we were watching. The cartoons were harmless fun.
And many shows like “Father Knows Best,” and “Leave it to Beaver” taught some basic moral principles that were generally accepted by most people.
Today it’s different. Continue reading
In my 50 years of preaching, I have studied with people who I thought understood the Truth and would obey the gospel. Yet, something held them back. I’ve heard various excuses.
“I know what you’re saying is true, but if I do that, then I’m condemning my grandma, because she didn’t believe that.”
“Someday I will be baptized.”
“I need more time to think about it.” Continue reading
In his Daily Bible Study series, William Barclay tells a compelling story about an evangelist named Brownlow North. Apparently, in his younger days, he had lived a wild life.
“Once, just before he was to enter the pulpit in a church in Aberdeen, he received a letter. This letter informed him that its writer had evidence of some disgraceful thing which Brownlow North had done before he became a Christian, and it went on to say that the writer proposed to interrupt the service and to tell the whole congregation of that sin if he preached.” Continue reading
The Utah State Legislature recently passed a bill making sex outside of marriage legal.
Lawmakers are trying to clean up the criminal code in Utah by removing laws that are on the books, but unenforced and considered “outdated.” Until now fornication was a misdemeanor. Utah’s Senate passed the bill and the House passed it 41-32. Now it goes to the governor for his signature or veto.
This follows the recent repeal of laws still on the books that made both adultery and sodomy a crime. Continue reading