In the first century, there were basically two views of the human body. One was that it should be worshiped for its beauty and idolized for its strength. The body was something to be proud of and to flaunt.
On the other hand, some believed that the body was inherently sinful. That the body didn’t matter. Only the spirit mattered. In fact, the body was just a shackle and a prison house. It was something to be despised and ashamed of. Continue reading
“The news of my death has been greatly exaggerated,” once quipped Mark Twain.
I can relate to Twain’s consternation regarding the false news of his demise. Not that anyone has said that “Ken is dead.” But the news of my retirement has been greatly exaggerated.”
While we’re not employed in located work with one church at this time, we are still engaged in preaching the gospel. During the past year, we’ve been in 19 states and 9 countries. Continue reading
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do,” advised H. Jackson Brown, Jr. best known for his inspirational book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book,”
“So throw off the bowlines,” Brown wrote, “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Continue reading
Last night we watched an old episode of the Andy Griffith show that was entitled “A Sermon for Today.”
Andy and Opie are ready for church and trying to get Aunt Bee off the phone gossiping with her friend Clara.
When we arrive at the “All Souls Church,” the congregation is singing “Holy Spirit, Truth Divine.” All the while the ladies are looking across the auditorium miming appreciation for each other’s hats. Barney fumbles to keep his place in the hymn, and is saved from embarrassment when Andy stops him from applauding the guest speaker.” Continue reading
As I write this post cruising at 30,000 feet on a Southwest jet, I’m reminded of some folks who have a fear of flying.
For many years John Madden, the CBS Sports color commentator crisscrossed the country each fall in a customized bus because he was afraid of flying.
Several years ago, a first-round NBA draft choice quickly ended his career with an unconditional release by his team because of his paralyzing fear of flying. Continue reading
There was a cartoon which showed two friends standing before a Preacher and one asks, “Why is it that opportunity only knocks once but temptation beats on my door every day?!”
Can you relate to that to that feeling?
Oscar Wilde, the celebrated playwright and poet of the early 20th Century, known for his self-indulgent life once quipped, “I can resist everything but temptation.”
Maybe you feel the way that Wilde did? Continue reading
“While I am glad to debate the abortion issue, that is not the purpose of this post,” wrote my friend and preaching colleague Shane Scott in a recent facebook post. “Instead, I want to reach out to any sisters in Christ who share the same beliefs I have about abortion, but who have at some point in the past chosen to have one.” Continue reading