Yesterday I was privileged to worship with and preach for the Palm Springs Dr. Church in Altamonte Springs. When I spoke at the communion service I shared this story and some accompanying thoughts from the book 6 Hours One Friday.
The author, Max Lucado, writes about a Labor day weekend when Hurricane David was devastating the Caribbean and headed toward South Florida. He writes that he and some other guys were trying to figure out how to protect a houseboat they lived on. Desperately they tried to tie it down tight to the dock, trees, moorings, anything they could. Continue reading
““The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it,” opined educator William Mather Lewis.
Mather’s observation speaks to the challenge of the masses who simply exist, instead of truly live. They follow the path of least resistance. They go through the motions. They are as my friend and preaching colleague, Gary Henry once wrote, “passive puppets who’re ‘being lived.’” Continue reading
Legend has it that the Danish, Nobel-prize-winning physicist, Niels Bohr had his desk in the shape of a horseshoe, securely nailed to the wall with the open end up so it would catch good luck and not let it spill out.
Once an American scientist visited Bohr in Copenhagen. Amazed to see the desk, he asked with a nervous laugh, “Surely you don’t believe the horseshoe will bring you good luck, do you, Professor Bohr? Continue reading
We are two weeks away from a Presidential election in the United States where every citizen has the right to vote for their candidate. It’s often said that voting is essential to being a good citizen.
In fact, the official guide to naturalization states “Citizens have a responsibility to participate in the political process by registering and voting in elections.”
Maybe more than ever before, the citizenry of our great nation is politically polarized. Each party is appealing to voters to cast a ballot for their candidate as the one who will either make America great again or restore the soul of America. In some circles, it’s implied, if not stated, that to be a responsible citizen you must vote for a specific candidate. Continue reading
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it,” wrote Oscar Wilde in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.”
“Temptation is impossible for me to resist,” admitted actor Tom Sizemore, “Come on. This is Hollywood. It’s in the job description.”
Don Herold opined, “Why resist temptation? There will always be more.”
The late 20th century Hollywood actress, Mae West, once flaunted her indiscretions by cracking, “I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” Continue reading
Last Friday we all woke up to the news that President Trump and the first lady had contracted the carnivorous. Before the surprise subsided, the nation and news media were shocked to see Marine One whisk him off to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment.
While the health of the President is of great concern to the nation and the world, all of us have been made more aware and health-conscious in recent months. Continue reading
There are certain people that when you say one name you think of another person. For example…
Abbott & Costello
Barnum & Bailey
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Laurel & Hardy
Proctor & Gamble Continue reading
“You are Special” is the title of a children’s book by Max Lucado, in which he tells about a unique community of painted wooden people called Wemmicks.
The Wemmicks give each other gold stars for their achievements or a gray dot sticker for doing not well enough. Punchinello tries hard to receive gold stars from his fellow Wemmicks, but all he ever gets is gray dots. Sadly Punchinello thinks he isn’t very important or worth very much.
Then one day Punchinello meets another Wemmick, Lucia, who doesn’t have any stickers. Neither gold stars nor gray dots. Why? She explains the stickers will not stick to her. Punchinello doesn’t want any stickers on him either. So Lucia takes him to visit Eli, the maker of all Wemmicks. Continue reading
Oscar Wilde is credited with saying that “Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”
Wilde’s point was that consistent living can become a wearisome repetition of sameness day after day. Such consistency can degenerate into a life that is dull. Boring. Trite. Listless. Languid. And essentially lifeless.
In response, an unknown author issued this challenge to get out of the consistency rut. Continue reading
As August ends and September begins with Labor Day just around the corner, I’m reminded that much of 2020 has been consumed by various crises.
Many of the challenges we’ve faced seem to be centered around COVID-19 which have contributed to health care crisis, financial crisis, and national and international crisis. This has affected families, churches, businesses, colleges, sports and our most cherished institutions.
Additionally, issues of racism have been reignited with the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands (or more specifically, the knee) of a white Minneapolis cop. Since then there have been other deaths that sparked further racial unrest. Continue reading