Several years ago in a blog post author, Rick Warren, in David Letterman style identified Ten Great American Lies:
#10 Your table will be ready in a minute.
#9 One size fits all.
#8 This will hurt me more than it hurts you.
#7 I’m sorry I’m late. I got stuck in traffic. Continue reading
Frederick the Great, the 18th century King of Prussia, is said to have once invited some notable people to his royal table including his top-ranking generals. One of them, Hans von Zieten, declined the invitation because he wanted to partake of communion at his church.
At a later banquet when von Zieten was present, Frederick mocked the general for his religious beliefs, as the other guests joined in joking about the Lord’s supper. Continue reading
For the past four weeks, Norma Jean and I have been living and working with the church in Madrid, Iowa.
In addition to preaching each Sunday and working with their fine young preacher, Stefan Richardson, the shepherds asked me to teach some classes on Parenting. Our theme has been Parenting with Purpose. Continue reading
“The Scriptures were not given for our information,” wrote D. L. Moody, “but for our transformation.”
This month we’re reading the book of Acts, often called the most important book in the Bible. It records the beginning, growth, and spread of Christianity. From Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and throughout the Roman Empire. But it is more than just a book of history. It is a book that tells thrilling stories about people. Real people. Converted people. Transformed people. Continue reading
What epitaph would you like on your grave marker to describe you? Your life? Your influence?
A brief walk in a cemetery will reveal many predictable ones like “Rest in Peace.” “Loving Mother.” Or “Faithful Father.”
Some folks, or at least their relatives have demonstrated a sense of humor with their choice of epitaphs.
Ezekial Aikle, buried in the East Dalhousie Cemetery in Nova Scotia, died at age 102. His Epitaph? “The Good Die Young.” Continue reading
“What our deepest self craves,” wrote Henry J. Golding, is not mere enjoyment, but some supreme purpose that will enlist all our powers and will give us unity and direction to our life.”
The key word in that quote is “purpose.” It is a word that seems to be more and more at the forefront of my mind.
Currently, Norma Jean and I are in Madrid, Iowa, for a month working with the brethren, these fine elders and their young preacher, Stefan Richardson. In addition to preaching once every Sunday, I’m teaching a class “Parenting with Purpose.” The concept behind the studies is to be, as Dr. Paul Faulkner puts it “an intentional parent.” Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I visited the Ellisville Church of Christ in the St. Louis area. We were blessed to worship with some wonderful brethren and hear a fine lesson by Ryan Boyer and be led in an insightful study of Biblical poetry.
Ryan illustrated how the poetry adds colorful dimension to the facts of the Bible by comparing Exodus chapter 14 and 15. Continue reading