Mother’s Prayers

When I was younger one of the main targets of comedians was their mothers-in-law. Down through the years I have poked fun at my own mother-in-law from time to time. Like most of us – OK, ALL of us – she could sometimes be a walking contradiction as she walked by faith in a physical and troubled world. She seemed to be able to find a dark cloud behind any silver lining – but then … Continue reading

Blind Spots

Recently I sat down at lunch with a church leader. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The elders (deacons for your Baptists) were having trouble agreeing on a vision for their church. The pastor was trying to lead them in one direction and  some elder says in so many words the most hard-headed sentence ever to leave the walls of a church business meeting: “We never did it that way before. Why can’t we … Continue reading

Life’s Questions in Rock and Roll

As weird as it may seem, life’s ultimate questions are often posed in rock-and-roll lyrics. Consider, for example, the 1969 hit, “And When I Die,” by the band, Blood, Sweat and Tears. Like so many other poets, story-tellers, and just average human beings have questioned, “And When I Die” is all about the question of what happens when I die? As is often the case with the young, they can’t even imagine they will actually … Continue reading

Palm Sunday and The Great Disappointment

The 50,000 followers of William Miller were terribly dismayed when Jesus did not return bodily to earth in March of 1844, as Miller had predicted would happen. When Jesus did not appear, Miller claimed that they just had to give it a few more months – that Jesus would now show up in October 22, 1844. When this new date came and went with no return, the Millerite movement (also known as Adventists) collapsed (to … Continue reading

The Sacrifice

When we think in terms of the sacrifice made for us nearly 2,000 years ago, we naturally think in terms of the sacrifice made by the Son. Braveheart. He gave His life for you and me, and the enormity of that fact should never be obscured by the passage of time or by our familiarity with the event. With that object in view, please allow yourself to consider this: Who would YOU die for? Your … Continue reading

Re-creation

As I write this, I am at the beach on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. My darling children are having a ball with their grandparents about a hundred miles from me. I have been thinking about two words for the last two hours. “Rest” and “Recreation.” Rest is a word throughout the Bible of course. God rested on the seventh day. The ark rested on Mount Ararat. Jesus promises to give rest to the those who … Continue reading