William Barclay relates a story from Robert Louis Stevenson in The Master of Ballantrae who writes about the master leaving the ancestral home of Durrisdeer for the last time.
There is a sad scene in which he is talking to the faithful family steward. “Ah! M’Kellar,” he said, “Do you think I have never a regret.”
“I do not think,” said M’Kellar, “that you could be so bad a man unless you had all the machinery for being a good one.” Continue reading
On March 16, 1977, President Jimmy Carter visited the home of a Massachusetts family, Kay Thompson and her husband and their eight children. Kay recalls being a “nervous wreck” and trying to ignore the Secret Service men preparing for the President’s arrival.
This visit was a part of Carter’s initiative to connect with American citizens. A home would be picked at random and Carter would come and eat and spend the night. That probably wouldn’t happen today. But what if it did? Continue reading
“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting;” once quipped G.K. Chesterton, “it’s been found difficult and not tried.”
Christianity has been defined by many different people over the years in a variety of ways.
By definition Christianity “is the religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.” From that perspective, we understand the importance of the gospel accounts–Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And we realize why Luke records in the book of Acts that the preachers and apostles went into every city and village preaching that “Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 17:3) Continue reading
Marguerite Provost tells about her 3-year-old granddaughter, Beverly, who was playing with her toys. Beverly’s mother was in the laundry room loading clothes into the washer and noticed that Beverly’s shirt was dirty and needed to be washed.
After calling twice with no response, her mother gave the full three name call: BEVERLY ELIZABETH PROVOST, DID YOU HEAR ME? Continue reading
Sometime ago USA Today reported a story about two Casper, Wyoming, college students who returned a lost purse to its owner, not knowing the handbag contained her life savings.
Derek Hepner and Adam Simanton spotted the purse lying in the gutter of a street as they drove past it. Stopping to examine the bag, they pulled out a wallet and an Arizona driver’s license and immediately took the purse to thepolice. Continue reading
“College-aged millennials today are far more likely than the general population to be religiously unaffiliated,” according to the Pew Research Center. “This is true when they are compared to previous generations as well.”
Furthermore Pew documents that millennials are the least outwardly religious American generation, where “one in four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.’” Continue reading
It was Benjamin Franklin who is credited with the often repeated quip, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Today is tax day in the United States. Due to the 15th falling on Saturday and Monday being Emancipation Day, the tax deadline was extended until April 18th this year.
According to statistics about 25 percent of Americans wait until the last week to file. Another 17 million will file an extension. And about 99 percent will complain about taxes. Continue reading