Yesterday Norma Jean and I enjoyed communion with the brethren in Wellandport, Ontario, Canada, where we will be based for the summer.
We typically use the word “communion” to refer to the Lord’s supper, as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 10:16. While the procedure for the communion service is a bit different with the Canadian brethren, the message and meaning was unchanged. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I visited the West Citrus Church in Crystal River, Florida. It was my pleasure to fill in and speak during the Bible class period, but our real blessing was listening to a lesson by one of their members, Jim Underwood.
Jim began his sermon by reading the words of this country song by singer and songwriter Chris Stapleton.
Daddy don’t pray anymore
I guess he’s finished talking to the lord
He used to fold his hands and bow his head down to the floor
But daddy don’t pray anymore Continue reading
Yesterday was an emotional day for us at West Main. Although next Sunday is our last Sunday, yesterday the sisters hosted a farewell party for us. With next weekend being the Memorial Day holiday, this worked well for all of us.
It was an afternoon filled with laughter and some tears. Hugs and handshakes. Funny stories. Parting gifts. Lovely cards. Delicious desserts. And most of all the special feeling of kinship that was in the air. Continue reading
Kent Crockett illustrates a joyful attitude with the story about a man who walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards. The dog appeared to be winning.
“That must be a very smart dog,” the man commented.
“He ain’t so smart,” said one of the players. “Every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail!” Continue reading
This week finds Norma Jean and I in Lubbock, Texas, where I’m preaching in a meeting for the Milwaukee Avenue church. Our theme is “Experiencing Intimacy with God.”
The word “intimacy” often conjures up feelings of a romantic relationship between a man and a woman. In fact, we use the word to refer to a sexual relationship enjoyed by a husband and wife. However, that is only the sixth definition by dictionary.com. Continue reading
Elton Trueblood, the noted and often quoted 20th-century theologian and author of 33 books on very serious subjects once wrote a book entitled “The Humor of Christ.”
It is said that Trueblood was inspired to write on the topic after reading Jesus’ words about a log protruding out of the eye of a hypocrite that made his four-year-old laugh. (Matt 7:3-5) Continue reading
This week Norma Jean and I are in Gilchrist County, Florida. We’ve been here so many times in meetings with various congregations. And it’s where she grew up.
This time we are working with the Midway church of Christ. I’ve been told that it was identified as such because it’s located midway between Trenton and Bell. As I reflect on yesterday’s worship services and our interaction with the brethren the word “gracious” comes to mind. Continue reading