I love the graphic artwork that we are using again this year for the church stewardship emphasis. Notice that the center of the picture is a heart. The stewardship of our time, talents, treasure, and testimony is ultimately a matter of the heart. Stewardship begins in...read more
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. During those days I would attend University of Louisville Cardinals football and basketball games. I was a big fan. Now that the Cardinals are ranked #3 in the country in football this week, I am very proud of my hometown team. I...read more
Frederick Buechner writes, “Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go next.” (Whistling in the Dark) We need to pay attention to our tears. Another way to say that is that grief can teach us some important lessons.read more
One way to study the Bible is to pay attention to the different ways that a particular verse or section is translated. We are fortunate to have many different versions of the Bible today, so we benefit from the rich variety of translation. Think about the well-known...read more
Elton Trueblood wrote, “The renewal of the church will be in progress when it is seen as a fellowship of consciously inadequate persons who gather because they are weak, and scatter to serve because their unity with one another and with Christ has made them bold.” (The Incendiary Fellowship, p. 31)read more
Hal Brady tells of a young couple from the hills of Arkansas who became involved in a church where there was a lot of shouting and clapping and running for Jesus. They were trying to convince Grandma that she should attend.read more
This is the week for PopCamp at my house. My granddad name is Pop, and my 3 ½ year-old grandson is Liam. He is with us – without his parents or his sister – for a special week of camp. The city boy who lives in Winston-Salem, NC is going to experience various things in the country in Oconee County that he is not able to do in the city. So we will feed cows, ride a tractor, and other fun things that Pop can come up with during the week. We are off to a great start.read more
Laurie Beth Jones has written an interesting book called Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership. She looks at how Jesus was a leader, and then encourages leaders to follow these same principles in their own leadership practices today. The chapters are short and the insights are simple. In fact, I include a chapter here called “He Stuck to His Mission.”read more
How do you do with waiting? In our world of instant gratification, instant food, and instant messaging, the idea of waiting is harder and harder for us to do. Waiting in line . . . waiting on hold on the phone . . . waiting for the right job . . . waiting for the right relationship . . . How do you do with waiting?read more
I like the following words that came from a teacher of preachers named Haddon Robinson.
I will do more than belong—I will participate.
I will do more than care—I will help.