My childhood growing up in rural, central Indiana in the 1950’s was simple, uncomplicated, and shielded from international tensions, racial injustice, or moral perversity.
There was no ESPN, FOX News, or CNN. And of course, no internet, iPhones, or computers to provide instant access to worldwide information. What I watched on our little back and white TV was limited to three channels. Shows like Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, Leave it to Beaver, The Long Ranger, The Little Rascals, Superman and Mickey Mouse Club were shows that taught fundamental moral lessons. And these standards of right and wrong were basically supported by the News Media, Schools and of course, churches. Continue reading
This story may be apocryphal, but it is said that when Alexander the Great, who created an empire that stretched from his home in Macedonia to India, arrived in Persia in 334BC he ordered his ships burned.
As his few thousand troops were facing a few hundred thousand of the enemy, one of his commanders asked, “How will we get home?” Continue reading
With the beginning of baseball season, this caught my eye on facebook from my friend and preaching colleague, Jim Deason. Jim admits that he was “a passionate Atlanta Braves fan,” but now is just a “casual fan.”
While reading the baseball scores, Jim came across this line regarding the Phillies-Braves game from the night before. “Herrera roped a would-be double to right, but he loafed into second base and was tagged out by Dansby Swanson.” To Jim’s delight, Swanson plays for the Braves, and the loafer, Herrera, the Phillies.
Then, Jim posted this pertinent observation: Continue reading
William Barclay relates a story from Robert Louis Stevenson in The Master of Ballantrae who writes about the master leaving the ancestral home of Durrisdeer for the last time.
There is a sad scene in which he is talking to the faithful family steward. “Ah! M’Kellar,” he said, “Do you think I have never a regret.”
“I do not think,” said M’Kellar, “that you could be so bad a man unless you had all the machinery for being a good one.” Continue reading
On March 16, 1977, President Jimmy Carter visited the home of a Massachusetts family, Kay Thompson and her husband and their eight children. Kay recalls being a “nervous wreck” and trying to ignore the Secret Service men preparing for the President’s arrival.
This visit was a part of Carter’s initiative to connect with American citizens. A home would be picked at random and Carter would come and eat and spend the night. That probably wouldn’t happen today. But what if it did? Continue reading
“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting;” once quipped G.K. Chesterton, “it’s been found difficult and not tried.”
Christianity has been defined by many different people over the years in a variety of ways.
By definition Christianity “is the religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.” From that perspective, we understand the importance of the gospel accounts–Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And we realize why Luke records in the book of Acts that the preachers and apostles went into every city and village preaching that “Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 17:3) Continue reading
Marguerite Provost tells about her 3-year-old granddaughter, Beverly, who was playing with her toys. Beverly’s mother was in the laundry room loading clothes into the washer and noticed that Beverly’s shirt was dirty and needed to be washed.
After calling twice with no response, her mother gave the full three name call: BEVERLY ELIZABETH PROVOST, DID YOU HEAR ME? Continue reading