Resurrection Week: The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that couldn't be learned in any way other than being in his presence. Like Peter walking on the water, but then sinking when he took his eyes off Jesus. There were miraculous creations of wine and food, healings, and…

No. 6 – Not Done ‘Til God Says So: Phillipians 1:6

Coronavirus is here. There's no denying that fact, and there's no escaping it. As I write this post, our country is in the earliest stages of dealing with the threat that COVID-19 poses to our country. How serious will it be? We can't know right now, and we won't know until it's in our rearview…

A Question of Nails

Shopping at a novelties store last weekend, I ran across this puzzle, which apparently involves as many as seven nails. (That's how many straight nails you can see in the packaging, not counting the two bent ones on the left side.) Seeing this puzzle raised a question in my mind: How many nails does it…

Daily Grins: Bad Dad Jokes

During our weekend of shopping at home decor stores, I found this: I'm now on the lookout for Pvt. Peck, Capt. Crow, and Gen. Coop.  Wait a minute, that last one sounds familiar. Wasn't he the Surgeon General once? Yes, he was. But that Gen. Coop was no chicken. If I can't find any of…

No. 5 – It’s All Right to be Little Bitty: Colossians 3:23-24

NOTE: In one of my favorites posts from 2019, here are my thoughts on Colossians 3:23. Fame. In 2019's social-media driven world, it's all about being famous. Today's American culture considers entertainers, sports stars and "influencers" as the only people who are really important. That's why the simple, plaintive words of the old country song…

President’s Day 2020: Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural

NOTE:  This post was first published five years ago, and it's even more timely today. I've updated it slightly, but the message is unchanged. Happy birthday, Mr. President. My family took a "national and family heritage” Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2007.  During that trip, one of my goals was…

No. 4, continued – Day Numbering, Part 2: Psalms 90:12

So, you want to know what happened to Hoss and Billy? (To refresh your memory on the story in Part 1, click here.) So do I. I'll just have to finish writing that story to find out. But the point of that story was not what did happen, but what could happen. None of us are…

No. 4 – Day Numbering, Part 1: Psalms 90:12

The intersection of County Roads 44 and 19 was well known by the emergency room staffs at the hospitals in three counties. Many lives were forever changed there. The two-lane roads met just outside of town, guarded only by a solitary traffic light. When it was built in the 1950s, the heyday of automotive travel,…

No. 3 – Good Planning: Jeremiah 29:11

"My hands are too small, Dad." I expected to hear a lot of things after my son's first high school summer football camp. But that was not one of them. My son was blessed with the skills of a quarterback. His junior high coaches didn't even try him out for a different position. His arm…

No. 2 – When You Just Know: Ecclesiastes 3:11

James slowly sipped on his late afternoon cup of coffee. Today had been one for the books, that's for sure. His father called after a 9 a.m. doctor's appointment to tell him that the treatments had no effect on the tumors. The afternoon started with that call from his wife. Thousands of dollars in fertility…