In 1902 Mary was visiting New York City during a winter snowstorm. While riding a streetcar she noticed the driver had a problem with visibility because of the sleet and snow. He either had to stop and wipe the snow off the window or keep it open. Continue reading
Category Archives: Word of the Week
Last Wednesday we watched in shock and horror as our nation’s Capitol, the symbol of democracy, was attacked and trashed by a riotous mob. It seemed so surreal. As several pundits observed it was like a scene you would expect from a Banana Republic, not the United States of America.
Religious leaders from every denomination have condemned the attack. Continue reading
“Joy” is a word often heard during this holiday season.
Google “Christmas joy” and you will get 624,000,000 hits. You will learn that there is a movie, a novel, and a project all entitled “Christmas joy.”
Hallmark bills its many holiday movies as spreading “the joy of Christmas.” You will receive Christmas cards with a cheerful message of “joy.” Then, of course, there is the popular 18th-century song by Isaac Watts, “Joy to the World.”
Joy, however, should not to be relegated to one season, one month, or one day of the year. Continue reading
The other day Norma Jean and I discovered a quaint little breakfast spot on North Redington Beach, The Sweet Sage Café. It’s a combination café, gift shop, and boutique with a beautiful outdoor garden.
After a delicious breakfast, we began browsing through the gift shop reading some of the clever plaques. Many were inspirational. Others were funny. And a few slightly risqué. However, this one caught our attention. And we knew we needed to buy it. Continue reading
Yesterday I was privileged to worship with and preach for the Palm Springs Dr. Church in Altamonte Springs. When I spoke at the communion service I shared this story and some accompanying thoughts from the book 6 Hours One Friday.
The author, Max Lucado, writes about a Labor day weekend when Hurricane David was devastating the Caribbean and headed toward South Florida. He writes that he and some other guys were trying to figure out how to protect a houseboat they lived on. Desperately they tried to tie it down tight to the dock, trees, moorings, anything they could. Continue reading
Mather’s observation speaks to the challenge of the masses who simply exist, instead of truly live. They follow the path of least resistance. They go through the motions. They are as my friend and preaching colleague, Gary Henry once wrote, “passive puppets who’re ‘being lived.’” Continue reading
Legend has it that the Danish, Nobel-prize-winning physicist, Niels Bohr had his desk in the shape of a horseshoe, securely nailed to the wall with the open end up so it would catch good luck and not let it spill out.
Once an American scientist visited Bohr in Copenhagen. Amazed to see the desk, he asked with a nervous laugh, “Surely you don’t believe the horseshoe will bring you good luck, do you, Professor Bohr? Continue reading
We are two weeks away from a Presidential election in the United States where every citizen has the right to vote for their candidate. It’s often said that voting is essential to being a good citizen.
In fact, the official guide to naturalization states “Citizens have a responsibility to participate in the political process by registering and voting in elections.”
Maybe more than ever before, the citizenry of our great nation is politically polarized. Each party is appealing to voters to cast a ballot for their candidate as the one who will either make America great again or restore the soul of America. In some circles, it’s implied, if not stated, that to be a responsible citizen you must vote for a specific candidate. Continue reading
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it,” wrote Oscar Wilde in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.”
“Temptation is impossible for me to resist,” admitted actor Tom Sizemore, “Come on. This is Hollywood. It’s in the job description.”
Don Herold opined, “Why resist temptation? There will always be more.”
The late 20th century Hollywood actress, Mae West, once flaunted her indiscretions by cracking, “I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” Continue reading
Last Friday we all woke up to the news that President Trump and the first lady had contracted the carnivorous. Before the surprise subsided, the nation and news media were shocked to see Marine One whisk him off to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment.
While the health of the President is of great concern to the nation and the world, all of us have been made more aware and health-conscious in recent months. Continue reading