The Pejorative Use of Words

“Words mean things. When you put them together they speak,” once observed Samuel R. Delany, the award-winning Science Fiction author.

Politicians, Political pundits, publishers, poets and of course, preachers make use of words to prove a point, push an agenda, or to provide insight. They may be used to challenge preconceived notions. Continue reading

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My Little Girl Turned 40

It’s been just over 30 years ago, that my mom remarked, “I can’t believe I have a son turning 40.”

Well, now, the “tables are turned,” our daughter, Rachél, hit the “BIG 40″ yesterday. It is hard to believe.

These milestones of life and age shouldn’t surprise us. But somehow they sneak up on us. As time marches on. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Impressions

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

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Is the American Bible Society’s New Policy Wrong?

For over 200 years The American Bible Society (ABS) has been publishing, distributing and translating the Bible into every language. Their website states their mission is to “transform lives through God’s Word.”

However, the ABS has been met with resistance by some of its employees over a new policy they recently implemented. In fact, some have quit their jobs. What far-out idea could have caused this uproar within ABS? Continue reading

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The Greatness of God’s Love

This morning reading Romans 8 reminded me of the story of little Johnny visiting his grandparents on their farm.

Johnny was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced shooting rocks, but he could never hit the target. Discouraged, he headed back inside for lunch.

As he returned to his grandma’s backyard, he spied her pet duck. Impulsively he took aim and hit the duck square in the head and killed it. Johnny panicked and hid the duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister, Sally, watching. Continue reading

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Great Bible Verses: Romans 6:3-4

Jack Cottrell was a professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian University from 1967 to 2015 and the author of numerous books. He often wrote regarding faith, grace and baptism.

Regarding salvation, Cottrell wrote, “Both faith and baptism are conditions for salvation, but faith is the means and baptism is the time.”

He then shared this illustration to make his point. Continue reading

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Stuff About Stuff

This morning as we finish packing and await Altas Van Lines to move us from North Texas, I’m reminded of the late and well known Texas preacher, Robert Turner, who wrote a column called “Stuff About Things.”

The regular feature, on the back page of his bulletin “Plain Talk” which was published for 20 years, was a potpourri of thoughts, ideas and spiritual lessons from a variety of sources. Later “Stuff About Things” was published in a book, which I remember packing with all my office stuff. It was good stuff. Continue reading

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