Put Your Faith Into Practice

Put Your Faith Into Practice

There was an interview with acclaimed writer Karen Armstrong in the Charlotte Observer sometime back. She is a theologian and writes about the role of religion in the modern world. In the interview, she was asked about a statement she made related to atheism. The...
Don’t Lose Your Smile

Don’t Lose Your Smile

In his book, Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “If a child smiles, if an adult smiles, that is very important. If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it… You know a smile can relax...
God’s Plus Sign

God’s Plus Sign

Some pastors wear a pectoral cross while leading worship. It was something I did regularly during much of my active ministry. I had several such crosses. Among them was one that was far from fancy. Actually, it was quite simple. That cross was not professionally made,...
A Precious Gift

A Precious Gift

Well, the unbelievable happened just a few months ago, our first-born grandson headed off to his freshman year of college. How can that be? It seems like just yesterday that my wife and I were taking his Dad to college. And my first year of higher education, while now...
“hang in there”

“hang in there”

It appeared during my daily, early morning walk. Initially unaware of its brilliant presence, a fellow early riser called it to my attention. A quick upward gaze brought the truly magnificent sight into view — a rainbow, a full rainbow as stunning as any I could...
Taking Inventory

Taking Inventory

Teacher and author, Dr. David McLennon, once wrote about his very first job in a small town general store. At age thirteen he was hired as a handy boy. He would sweep the flour, bag items for customers, put up stock. One Saturday, he heard the owner say to one of the...
Just Stay in the Race

Just Stay in the Race

There is a story told by Mary Hollingsworth about the acclaimed director, Cecil B. DeMille. When they began working on the movie Ben-Hur, DeMille talked to Charlton Heston, the star of the movie, about the all-important chariot race at the end. He decided Heston...
Be the First

Be the First

There is a story about two brothers who went to see their minister to help settle a long-standing feud. The Minister got the two to reconcile their differences and shake hands. As they were about to leave, he asked each one to make a wish for the other. The first...
From the Dust of the Earth

From the Dust of the Earth

It is interesting to me that the word Adam in Hebrew means man or humanity, and the word Adama means dust or earth. In the book of Genesis, we read that God took Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed into him the Spirit of life. Adam comes from Adama. In other...
Just Enough Turbulence

Just Enough Turbulence

George Bernard Shaw called Beethoven, “the most turbulent spirit that ever found expression in pure sound. The power of the Ninth Symphony is the turbulent joy of humanity.” Of course, when turbulence runs our lives, everything becomes chaotic, crazy. But that isn’t...