May 24, 2020 · 6:56 am
“Memory is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose” wrote author Kevin Arnold.
On this memorial day week-end, many will visit cemeteries to place flowers on the graves of departed loved ones. It’s a way to remember them. Pay your respects. Reflect on their lives. Your relationships. And hold on to a precious memory.
I’m reminded at this time of year that every Sunday is memorial day for Christians. Continue reading →
March 27, 2020 · 8:08 am
Earlier this week, we asked the question, “Is it wrong for churches to cancel worship services?” I appreciate the many positive comments regarding the post.
However, as one of our readers responded, “This brings up another question. Is it scriptural to partake of the Lord’s Supper individually at home?”
Others have asked and commented on this issue as well. Here are a few thoughts for your serious and prayerful consideration. Continue reading →
June 18, 2018 · 7:18 am
Yesterday Norma Jean and I enjoyed communion with the brethren in Wellandport, Ontario, Canada, where we will be based for the summer.
We typically use the word “communion” to refer to the Lord’s supper, as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 10:16. While the procedure for the communion service is a bit different with the Canadian brethren, the message and meaning was unchanged. Continue reading →
May 16, 2014 · 6:05 am
Today finds Norma Jean and me in the Washington, D. C. area with Phil and Lori Mullins. It is combination vacation and meeting trip. I will be speaking for the Dulles church on the topic of leadership over the week-end.
Next week we hope to see some of the time-honored memorials in the area. The newly remodeled and reopened Washington Monument. The Lincoln memorial. The Jefferson Memorial. Arlington. One day we may drive to Gettysburg and see the battlefield memorials in the National cemetery. Continue reading →
October 18, 2013 · 6:02 am
For as long as I can recall, going back to my childhood days, ingrained in my memory is the period of worship when we partake of the Lord’s supper.
I remember the solemnity of the occasion before I totally understood what it meant. A song was sung “to prepare our minds.” The men would go forward in suits and ties. The one presiding would often read from I Corinthians 11 or one of the gospel accounts where Jesus instituted the supper. Then make a few appropriate remarks. Continue reading →
July 26, 2013 · 6:20 am
W. A. Criswell tells a story about the Duke of Wellington once attending a small church in England. It was their custom to come to the front and kneel down to receive communion. The Duke, who had just been honored as a hero in the battle of Waterloo, came forward and knelt down.
About the same time a poor ragged old man came down from the other side of the building and knelt beside the Duke. Immediately a deacon came up behind the old man, gently placed a hand on his shoulder and quietly whispered for the man to move farther away from the Duke. Or to rise and wait until the Duke had taken communion. Continue reading →
March 4, 2012 · 6:47 am
Today, am I worshiping with the brethren in Kettering, Ohio. It brings back fond memories. I used to preach here. We were a young married couple and Kenny was just a baby when we came. The brethren were good to us. And they gave us an opportunity to learn. To grow. To minister. And so I come back to preach in a meeting. But on this day, I will join with them in eating the Lord’s Supper. Continue reading →
February 26, 2012 · 7:28 am
Today finds my wife and me in Ft Lauderdale,Florida. I’m preaching in a week-end meeting with the Northside church where my good friend Steve McAllister preaches. We’ve been with these fine brethren in the past and it’s a pleasure to return. Continue reading →