“Peace on earth, goodwill toward men,” is a common refrain we hear repeated during this time of year.
Of course, it’s part of the chorus of praise from the angelic heavenly host when they appeared to the shepherds in the field at Jesus’ birth (Lk. 2:1-14).
Peace and goodwill go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like salt and pepper. Like shoes and socks. Continue reading
Bit’s and Pieces magazine related a story about the American industrialist, Henry Ford, who was once asked to donate money for the construction of a new medical facility.
The billionaire pledged to donate $5,000. The next day the newspaper headline read, “Henry Ford contributes $50,000 to the local hospital.”
The irate Ford was on the phone immediately to complain to the fund-raiser that he had been misunderstood. The fund-raiser replied they would print a retraction in the paper the following day to read, “Henry Ford reduces his donation by $45,000.” Continue reading
“Pity” is a word that often carries a negative connotation in our culture.
We speak of someone having a “pity party” when they are feeling sorry for themselves. Self-pity is not a positive trait to be admired.
In the Bible, we read of those who allowed circumstances to lead them into self-pity, like Jonah, Elijah, and even Moses on one occasion.
Pity can also be construed as a condescending attitude toward another person when we look down upon them with an arrogant, self-righteous, and disdainful attitude.
Yet, pity can be a positive trait to be practiced and praised. Continue reading
Today, Norma Jean and I are returning home to Florida after a very pleasant and pleasurable time spent in the Smoky Mountains.
We have been blessed in the past 53+ years with many enjoyable experiences. Reflecting on some of these reminds me that the word “pleasure” is often regarded in some Christian circles as suspect. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I worshiped with the brethren in Cosby, Tennessee, where I preached at the morning service.
Teaching the Bible class was their preacher, 89-year-old Olie Williamson, who’s sharp, quick-witted, and physically active (Olie played golf Thursday and shot an 80).
Olie and his lovely wife Mary are also some of the kindest, sweetest, and most generous people you will ever meet. So, it seemed fitting his Bible class was about the kindness of King David.
“Was David a Rambo or wimp?” Olie asked to begin class. Continue reading
I love the 1950’s story that Jimmy Tuten once told about a 13 yr old boy in a small, southern town who walked into the drug store and asked to use the telephone.
The druggist handed him the phone. And he heard the boy say, “Is this you, Dr. Anderson?”
“Well, I was wondering if you would like to hire a boy to mow your lawn and run errands?
“Oh, you already have a boy?”
“Does he do a good job? He does?” Continue reading
Stephen P. Beck relates a time when he was driving down a country road and came to a very narrow bridge. In front of the bridge a sign was posted: YIELD. Seeing no oncoming cars, Beck continued across the bridge to his destination.
On his return, he came to the same one-lane bridge and to his surprise was another YIELD signed posted. Continue reading
A Texas preacher, Bob Joyce, tells about a church split that began over an argument at a potluck supper.
The dispute started when one of the sisters brought a congealed salad made from cool whip instead of real whipping cream.
The reminds me of an old story Robert Jackson used to tell about a country church that couldn’t get along. Continue reading
“Never have more children than you have car windows,” advised the late American humorist Erma Bombeck.
Bombeck achieved popularity for her syndicated newspaper column that humorously described the American home, marriage, relationships and life in general from 1965 to 1996.
The author of 15 books, here’s some additional advice Bombeck offered. Continue reading
Three thousand five hundred fifty(3,550) days ago I published my first blog post. Today WordPress says today’s post is #2800.
What began as a short-term idea during a gap between full-time preaching for local churches, has become a long-lasting ministry.
Posts have been written from almost every state and several countries. We’ve written when we felt like it and when we didn’t. When it was easy and when it was difficult. When thoughts were flowing freely and sometimes when the well was running dry. Continue reading