This week finds us in Denton, Texas, where I’m preaching in a meeting at the Eastside church. It’s wonderful to be back in an area where we lived and worked and to see so many of our friends again.
Last night, in connection with our theme, “Developing the Mind of Christ,” we discussed the concept of surrender. It’s a word that has a negative connotation. But it deserves our consideration. And a larger audience. Continue reading
A preacher was trying out for a church. They spent a weekend together and on Sunday night had a business meeting for people to ask questions. Someone asked, “If we hire you, what is the #1 thing you will do to help us grow?”
“I promise if you hire me I will do everything within my power to bring this church into the 20th century,” the preacher replied.
Sheepishly, after a thoughtful pause, one member raised their hand and said, “Preacher, you mean the 21st century, don’t you?” Continue reading
I’m writing this post at 33,000 feet onboard a Southwest jet on the way to Philadelphia.
Southwest prides themselves on being a fun and friendly airline with low fares. And, of course, bags fly free. They also have a culture that promotes working together as a team. Think of all the people necessary to get us from Tampa to Philly. Besides pilots, flight engineers and flight attendants are the baggage handlers, ticket agents, and customer service reps. And many others behind the scenes working in offices to ensure everything runs smoothly. Continue reading
Jim Valvano was one of the most colorful college basketball coaches in the 1980’s when he coached the North Carolina State Wolfpack. He may be most remembered for his ecstatic celebration after winning the national champion with their improbable victory against the heavy favored Houston Cougars.
While suffering from terminal spinal cancer at the age or 47, Valvano was interviewed by Sports Illustrated reporter, Gary Smith. He looked back on his life and told a story about himself as a 23-year-old coach of a small college team.
“Why is winning so important to you?” the players asked Valvano. Continue reading
Recently Norma Jean and I visited Gettysburg, PA, and toured the civil war battlefields where there were over 50,000 causalities in just three days. It was a sobering experience to reflect on this period in our history.
It was there that President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the National Military Cemetery on November 19, 1863. Ironically, politician and orator Edward Everett was slated to give what was called “The Gettysburg Address.” His oration was 13,607 words and lasted two hours. Continue reading
Chuck Swindoll, in his book Growing Deep in the Christian Life, tells a story that occurred in Long Beach, California, several years ago at a fast-food fried chicken joint.
Late one afternoon a man and his date stopped for two chicken dinners to take on a picnic. However, after driving to a secluded spot to eat they opened the sack and discovered over $800 in cash. The lady at the counter inadvertently gave him the sack with the proceeds from that day’s sales. Continue reading
“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment,” once quipped American author and scientist James Jay Horning.
Our Sunday morning Bible class at Wellandport has been studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Yesterday, we devoted the entire class to one verse. Matthew 7:6 that speaks to the issue of good judgment. Continue reading