Sunday Perspectives

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, don’t be discouraged, for the Lord God will be with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9 Gratefully, 2020 will soon be over. So, as we “go” into 2021, take Joshua 1:9 with you as one of God’s promises for the new year. Yes, 2020 was rough,…

Give Thanks for 2020? Really?

One of the most difficult commands of the Bible? "Give thanks in all circumstances." 1 Thess. 5:18 Against the daunting backdrop of 2020, this is a real stretch. The usual joys of life - concerts, live sports, plays - all gone. Personal liberties - church attendance, gathering as families, hugging and shaking hands - voluntarily…

No. 8 – Walking on a Sunday Afternoon (Luke 24:18-35), Part 2

Epiphany. That's a big word. How about "an a-ha moment?" Whatever you call it, that's what I experienced the day it dawned on me that the Old Testament was all about Jesus. All of the old stories were no longer just allegorical tales about good people. Those stories became signposts, markers that point to Jerusalem,…

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…

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…

The Smile Said It All

It's funny, the little things that bring to mind God's love for us. Like today, for example, at the ice cream shop. A gentleman in his 80s was buying ice cream for his lovely bride. I didn't eavesdrop for the entire transaction (that would be rude - fun, but rude), but I did look his…

On a November Saturday

This post records my memories from the time that God auditioned my wife and I to be parents of a disabled child - at least in hindsight, that's what it looks like. He knew all along what would happen, and how we would respond.

May I Have This Dance

Has the weight of just a thought ever taken your breath away? Happened to me just this morning. Maybe it's the fact that my daughter's wedding is now less than two months away, and she was in town this past weekend for her first bridal shower. Maybe it's this fact that this afternoon, my wife…

Authority

How long has it been since you had just a few feet of pavement between you and 50 longhorn steers? Oh, about a month. That's right, no fence, no wall, no bullet-proof glass -- NOTHING. Just some nice flat pavement for them to build up a good head of steam, as they charge directly at…