One writer quipped that the word piety has become devalued about like the Canadian dollar. In all fairness to the Canadians, I think you could say that about the U.S. dollar as well.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary correctly states that “Pious has a bit of an image problem. From the beginning of its use in the 15th century, this Latin descendant has been used to describe those who are simply very religious—that is, who are deeply devoted to their religion—but it has for centuries also described those who make a show of their religiousness and use it to assert their superiority. Continue reading
What do we have in common with a lobster?
Nothing, you may think, except that the tasty crustacean provides for us a delicious and expensive dinner.
Eda LeShan, the late author, counselor, educator, and one-time host of the PBS show “How Do Your Children Grow,” would disagree. Continue reading
Ted Bauer, a blogger, writer, and editor who lives in the DFW Metroplex, wrote a piece in May for the Whiterock Locator entitled “Imagine You Were Born in 1900.”
As you read it, think about the word “perspective.”
“It’s a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria.” Ted correctly observes. Continue reading
Timanthes, was an ancient Greek painter from the 4th century B.C. who was studying under a respected tutor.
There’s a legend that he once painted an exquisite work of art, but he became so enraptured with the painting that he spent several days gazing at it, instead of finishing it.
One morning when he arrived to admire his work, he was shocked to find it blotted out with paint. Angry, he ran to his teacher, who admitted he destroyed the painting. “I did it for your own good. That painting was retarding your progress. Start again and see if you can do better.” Continue reading
This week I’m preaching in a meeting at the Cherry Sink Church in Gilchrist County, Florida. And it felt like we’d returned to the “normal” days of yesteryear.
I spoke twice in the morning. We had a potluck in the afternoon. And I spoke Sunday night. And I could see people’s faces. Almost no masks.
Our theme for the week is “Pressing Toward the Prize,” based on Philippians 3:13-14. Continue reading
It all began in 1811, during the Administration of James Madison when an anonymous donor who said he had defrauded the government and sent the Treasury Department $5.00.
Today, it’s known as Conscience Fund, a place where people with gnawing guilt can make restitution to the United States government for their sins.
In the past 210 years, the Treasury Department has received almost $7 million. Some send letters of explanation. Others don’t
“Please accept this money for two postal stamps I re-used,” wrote one person. Continue reading
A concerned husband visited a doctor to discuss a problem he believed his wife was experiencing.
“Doc, I think my wife is going deaf. She never hears me the first time I say something.
Well,” said the doctor, “go home and tonight about 15 from her and say something. If she doesn’t reply, move about 5 feet close and say it again. Keep doing this, so we can determine the severity of her hearing loss.”
That night, he stands bout 15 feet away while she’s in the kitchen chopping up some vegetables, and asks, “Honey, what’s for supper” Continue reading
“A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears,” once observed the 16th century French statesman and author Michel de Montaigne.
Actually this would apply, not just to suffering but anything we fear.
I once read that Louis Pasteur had such an irrational fear of dirt and infection he refused to shake hands. Continue reading
Last week about 30 minutes before the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin the former Minneapolis police officer, who was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, another tragic event occurred in Columbus, Ohio.
Police responded to a frantic 911 call that a female was trying to stab them. When officer Nicholas Reardon arrived he found a 16-year old girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, wielding a knife, missing at an attempt to stab one girl, then turning to stab another girl pinned against a car. Continue reading
Following my freshman year at Florida College, I worked a summer job in a factory in Indianapolis at Bryant Heating and Cooling.
I worked on a conversion assembly line. These large air conditioning units would be rolled into my station. I would remove a side panel. Insert a heating coil. Connect the red and green wires to the corresponding color. Then replace the panel.
Without saying a word, or preaching a sermon, in just a few minutes I had converted an air conditioner! Continue reading