One of the serendipities of our current itinerant ministry is having some Sundays open when we’re traveling and being able to hear fellow preachers.
Not long ago we were visiting the West Citrus church in Crystal River and I heard Michael Lusk preach a sermon entitled “A Fly in the Ointment.” I’ve thought about that lesson ever since and today’s post draws its inspiration from my notes that day. Continue reading
The story is told that during the Ronald Regan presidency, Secretary of State, George Shultz, kept a large globe in his office. When newly appointed ambassadors had an interview with him he would test them by spinning the globe and ask them to put their finger on the country they were going to.
It’s said that when his friend, Mike Mansfield, former Senate majority leader, was appointed as ambassador to Japan, Shultz even tested him. However, Mansfield spun the globe and put his hand on the United States and said, “This is my country.” Continue reading
During our current crisis in dealing with COVID-19, President Trump has often characterized himself as a wartime President in fighting this vicious virus.
He often compliments doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who are on the front lines combating this “unseen enemy” as “warriors.” The other day in the Oval Office, he described American citizens as “warriors” in fighting this deadly pandemic. Continue reading
Did you skip reading the book of Leviticus?
If you’re following Mark Roberts’ 5 Day Bible reading program of the entire Bible, you’re nearing the end of 9 long days of reading Leviticus. Pretty exciting stuff, eh?
You’re getting detailed information about all kinds of sacrifices and offerings. Burnt offerings. Sin offerings. Meal offerings. Peace offerings. Trespass offerings.
You read about the special Jewish observances. Besides the familiar weekly Sabbath observance, there’s the Day of Atonement. The Passover. Pentecost. Feast of Tabernacles. Feast of Trumpets. The Sabbatical Year. And the Year of Jubilee. It’s filled with details about blood, guts and animal fat. Continue reading
The Canadian born author and theologian, H. A. Ironside, tells about working as a boy in the late 1800’s to help his widowed mother. For a while he worked for a Scottish shoemaker or”cobbler” named Dan Mackay.
Mackay was known for his faith in Christ and his willingness to openly share it with his friends, neighbors, and customers. Ironside said his shop had a pile of gospel tracts and his Bible was usually open on the counter Continue reading
Democratic presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, stated that churches, charities, and other organizations that oppose same-sex marriage should lose their tax-exempt status.
“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone … that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.” O’Rourke told a cheering audience. “And so as president, we are going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.” Continue reading
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) is regarded as one of the greatest Supreme Court Justices of all time. However, the highly respected Judge was said to be a bit absent-minded.
Once Justice Holmes was riding a train when the Conductor began walking down the car, checking tickets. As he approached Holmes he saw him searching his wallet, unable to find his ticket. Frustrated, Holmes then checked each of his pockets. Still no ticket. Continue reading
Life is filled with tests.
You learn in first grade about tests. Math tests. Spelling tests. English tests. History Tests. And it doesn’t stop for the next 12-16 years or more.
Then there are drivers’ tests. Eye tests. And hearing Tests. If you want to be a doctor or lawyer you have to pass a test. I’m writing this aboard a Southwest Jet on the way to Tampa. Hopefully the Pilot passed his test and is qualified to fly. Many occupations have tests to certify you as proficient in your profession. Continue reading
“If a time-traveler from the early Church secretly followed you from Monday till Saturday evening, would they be able to tell you’re a Christian?”
This question raised by John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris from breakpoint.org caught my attention early yesterday morning.
In a post entitled “Practical Atheists: Living as if God is Irrelevant,” they suggest that for many professing Christianity the answer isn’t really clear.
This is a not a new question or novel topic, but one I haven’t thought about in quite a while. Continue reading
I wish that there were some wonderful place
Called the Land of Beginning Again
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches
And all of our poor selfish grief
Could be dropped, like a shabby old coat, at the door,
And never put on again. Continue reading