While this thought is not original with me, I’m always reminded that knowing about God is not the same as knowing God. Continue reading
Category Archives: Sunday Seed Thoughts
Leaders lust for it. People are impressed by it. And others are dominated by it.
Military might. Political position. Economic Status. Physical strength. All are symbols of power.
The power in Jesus’ day resided in Rome. Everyone knew it. Their empirical rule reached across the known world. The power was evident in their army. Their outposts of culture. Their massive building programs. Their roads. And, of course, their ruler. Pontifex Maximus. Continue reading
Steve Shepherd tells about a fellow who was answering questions for a national poll. When asked for his church preference, he responded, “Redbrick.”
Some time ago in a door-to-door survey, a suburban Chicago church asked people in their community, “If you don’t go to church, why? Continue reading
Today Norma Jean and I are in Cedarville, Michigan, enjoying a bit of R&R in a rustic cabin by Lake Huron.
We expect this morning will be one of the highlights of our trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No, not a tour of Mackinac Island. No, not seeing the cargo ships go through the locks at Sault Ste Marie. No, not a drive to the incredible dunes by the lake. Continue reading
It’s special being with these brethren, again. We worked with the Kettering church back in the 1970s. We’ve maintained a good and close with relationship with these brethren through the years, have returned for gospel meetings several times.
Also, this is where I became a father. I had just begun preaching at Kettering when Kenny was born the day following Mother’s Day. Like any young, inexperienced couple with this first child, parenting was a sharp learning curve, often through learning trial and error. Continue reading
Author, educator and theologian, Howard Thurman, once told a story about one of his university students, a deep-sea diver, who wrote about his experience on the ocean floor.
Discovering a coral rock garden, he sat down to look around. First, a single fish swam up to look at him. Then more and more fish were swimming around him. Soon, the garden became more intense. More vivid. More colorful. Plants opened revealing their blossoms. Continue reading
In recent weeks, I have witnessed some promising signs regarding a return to church attendance. I recently met a couple who returned to in-person worship for the first time since COVID-19 either shut down or restricted public gatherings.
I’m hearing similar stories from other preachers and pastors who are seeing an increase in attendance. Continue reading
Friday Norma Jean and I were in Temple Terrace enjoying time with our grandchildren Roy,6½, and Fern, age 4.
“Let’s go on an excursion,” I said to the kids.
“What’s an excursion?” Roy asked.
“It’s like a school field trip,” Grammy explained.
After a quick stop at Dollar Tree to buy some (artificial) flowers and giving them each a dollar to buy a treat, we headed to Sunset Memorial Gardens where my parents, Roy and Mattie Weliever are buried. Continue reading
“Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell,” once quipped the 19th century English evangelist, Charles H. Spurgeon.
While Spurgeon’s comment may seem to some as borderline flippant, it’s true nonetheless.
The Bible speaks often of the efficacy of blood, especially the blood of Christ. Continue reading
“The question is not whether we say nice, polite, orthodox, enthusiastic things to or about Jesus; nor whether we hear his words, listening, studying, pondering and memorizing until our minds are stuffed with his teaching: but whether we do what we say and do what we know, in other words, whether the Lordship of Jesus which we profess is one of our life’s major realities.” Continue reading