“This has been the best year ever,” exclaimed my 6-year-old grandson, Miles, last Sunday after worship.
I doubt that many would echo his sentiment. However, I think little Miles was excited about his bounty of Christmas gifts this year. His narrow view of the world doesn’t extend too much beyond the immediate. His family. His school. And life in old Homosassa.
2020 has been unprecedented by the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. It has impacted our nation and world. And it has directly affected communities, businesses, families, and churches. Many believe it even influenced the outcome of our Presidential election. I’m sure most folks can’t wait for 2020 to be over. Continue reading
I received an e-mail the other day from Platform University asserting that “the Age of Information has ended.”
The point of the article was that we now have access an to overwhelming amount of information. The excitement and euphoria have worn off. And now we’re filtering out the daily deluge of announcements, advertisements, offers, solicitations, and notifications.
What is needed today, the authors opine, are real experts who can understand the information, analyze it, and provide interpretation, insight, and application. Continue reading
My daughter-in-law, April, who’s a family practice physician, recently told me that women now comprise more than 50% of all medical school students.
In the past 50 years, we have witnessed more women in prominent positions in every profession and occupation. In business, industry, entertainment, education, finance, health-care, and politics, women are serving, excelling, and occupying leadership roles. Continue reading
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Jayde Powell, is a University of Nevada honors student whose idea to help others during the coronavirus crisis has sparked a movement that’s spread into all 50 states and around the world.
Powell, a Pre-Med student, started “Shopping Angels,” an organization that provides “free shopping services to those populations at higher risk of contracting the novel COVID-19 virus, to include individuals over the age of 60 or those with impaired immune systems,” as stated on their facebook page. Continue reading
“It’s not fair,” she objected. “Why can’t women preach? Why can’t they preside in the worship assembly?”
In recent years there has been much discussion about the expanded role of women in ministry. Restrictions regarding their public role based on Scripture have been argued, discussed and debated. Continue reading
While writing yesterday’s post about ability, I came across this old parable by an unknown author entitled “Cracked Pots.” Those of us who are less than perfect can appreciate this piece and be encouraged by it.
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. Continue reading
Leadership Guru John Maxwell calls it “The Rebekah Principle.”
It’s the story of Abraham sending his servant, Eliezer, on a mission to find a wife for his son Isaac. It’s recorded in Genesis 24.
Eliezer left Haran with a large caravan of 10 camels loaded with expensive gifts and journeyed to Nahor, a distance of about 435 miles. Assuming that a camel can average 25 miles a day, it would have taken 17 days to arrive at their destination. Continue reading
“Making a Difference Through Ministry” is the November focus for the Hickman Mills church where I preach in Kansas City. Each month this year we’ve been focusing on a different purpose God has for His people. Yesterday, I preached on ministry. Wrote about ministry. Lead a small group to begin a new ministry. Yes, I’ve got ministry on my mind! So….. Continue reading
“My story is really very simple,”, says Ryan Hreljac. “One day in January 1998, I was sitting in my Grade One classroom. My teacher, Mrs. Prest, explained that people were sick and some were even dying because they didn’t have clean water. She told us that some people walked for hours in Africa and sometimes it was just to get dirty water.”
“All I had to do was take 10 steps from my classroom to get to the drinking fountain and I had clean water. Before that day in school, I figured everyone lived like me. When I found out this wasn’t the case, I decided I had to do something about it.” Continue reading