5 Steps for Keep Your Head Above Water

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is [...]

A Life of Ease or a Life of Growth?

Do you often eat breakfast cereal? Here’s a take on cereal you might not have seen. According to an article in the New York Times, researchers noticed a decline in sales of breakfast cereals. Here’s the reason. Breakfast cereal—with the whole bother of bowl and spoon—involved far too much work. Almost 40 percent of the [...]

Easter Is Good News!

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) A business owner met with his banker and announced he had good news and bad [...]

Are Nationalism and Christianity in Agreement?

While attending a local high school basketball game recently I stood with others in the school gym, hand over heart, to sing the national anthem. That’s patriotism, love for one’s country. But we are hearing much these days about nationalism. Is patriotism the same as nationalism? As patriots we sing the National Anthem with a [...]

Finding Hope in Our Age of Terrorism

In recent days, an Australian nationalist shot and killed 49 worshipers at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The shooter appeared to film the attack on a head-mounted camera, live streaming the 17-minute incident to Facebook. The social media company has since taken down the shooter's video. This heartbreaking terrorist act has left millions feeling [...]

Do You Ever Feel Plutoed?

When I was a kid, I memorized all the planets in our solar system. Pluto was always the last planet on the list of 9 planets. But in 2006 Pluto was demoted from a “planet” to a “dwarf planet.” For a celestial body to be classified as a planet it must meet 3 standards: 1. [...]

The Quickest Way to Lose Hope

In my early years of pastoral ministry, I often compared myself and my church with other pastors and their churches. I think of Charles W. who served a larger church than mine. I never thought of Charles as a smarter or more skilled minister than me. But when I compared my church with his, I [...]

Spiritual Journaling Can Bring Hope to Your Life

Early this morning I read from my Bible, and then I wrote for a few minutes in my spiritual journal. After that, I spent some time in prayer. I commend this practice to you in 2019. What Is a Spiritual Journal? A spiritual journal is not a diary, a rehash of what you did that [...]

The Miracle of Christmas

Each year during the Christmas season, Linda and I enjoy watching again many of our favorite Christmas movies from the past. Linda’s favorites is “Miracle on 34th Street.” In this movie a girl wants only 2 things for Christmas: a family and a house with a swing in the backyard. At the end of the [...]

A Christmas Gift List for the People in Your Life

Each year about the end of November, Linda and I begin our annual Christmas ritual. We take a yellow pad and begin to make our Christmas gift list. We’ve done this for years. We write the names of family members, persons we work with, and persons who provide services to us, and other important people [...]