Leaving the 99: Scriptural Lessons on Leadership

A while back, as I was browsing through my LinkedIn timeline, I came cross this quote from leadership expert John Maxwell: “Needless to say, you can love people without leading them, but you cannot lead people without loving them.” - John Maxwell John was roundly criticized by a commenter for trying to bring religion into…

Resurrection Sunday +1: When Things Got Real

It's the most important question you'll ever ask yourself. Who is Jesus of Nazareth? It's a two-thousand-year-old question, and it started with the people of Israel when Jesus lived here on earth. In those brief three years of Jesus' public ministry, God led many to quickly recognize Jesus' true identity.  When Jesus came to the…

Resurrection Week: On a Cross Beside Jesus (Luke 24:32-43)

I'm thankful every minute of my life that Jesus died for me on that cross.  I know that if God had chosen, he could have punished me for my sins instead of punishing Jesus.  But Christ's atoning death satisfied my sin debt, and the debt of everyone else in the world who believes in Him.  Because…

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…

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,…