If I had it to do over again…

If I had it to do over again…

Rev. Tony Campolo once wrote about a sociological study in which fifty people over the age of ninety-five were asked one question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” It was an open ended question, and a wide variety of answers...
Civility Is in You

Civility Is in You

I was coming back from a hospital visit in Jacksonville the other day and I passed a billboard that had a picture of Abraham Lincoln, and a quote on it. It read, “A House Divided… Cannot Stand.” Then underneath it read, “Civility is in You.” Pass it on. Of course when...
Ambassadors of Encouragement

Ambassadors of Encouragement

It is interesting to me that the Apostle Paul almost always begins his letters with words of gratitude and encouragement. We read the refrains: I give thanks to God for you! Look at what God is doing for you and through you! You are chosen. You are loved! It is also...
Whoever Wants to Save Their Life

Whoever Wants to Save Their Life

There is a story about a bishop, back in the days when people traveled by horse and buggy, who had two horses named Pride and Prejudice. People often told him that they thought it was awful that a bishop should be drawn hither and thither by Pride and Prejudice. He...
Lay Aside Every Weight

Lay Aside Every Weight

In Jules Verne’s novel, The Mysterious Island, he writes of five men who escaped a Civil War prison camp by hijacking a hot air balloon. As they rise into the air, they realize the wind is carrying them over the ocean. As the hours pass and the surface of the ocean...
Be Still and Know

Be Still and Know

When I was right out of seminary in my first call, a wise elder from that church came by my study to help me unpack. As we got underway, he asked about my prayer life. Here I was a new pastor in a new church. I didn’t even know everyone’s names yet. And I was going to...
Even There…

Even There…

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Jonah. God calls Jonah to a ministry and Jonah runs. He goes down to the nearest port and jumps on a ship heading to a city on the far side of the known world. I don’t know about you, but there have definitely...
Let the Blessing Rain Down

Let the Blessing Rain Down

Two times during the year when I lived in Jamaica, faith-based medical mission teams came to visit our part of the island. Both times, just a small group of people came down from the states and yet they made a huge impact in the community where I was living. People...
The Lord Looks on the Heart

The Lord Looks on the Heart

A juggler, driving to his next performance, is stopped by a traffic cop. “What are these matches and lighter fluid doing in your car?” asks the officer. Was he a potential arsonist, thought the officer or, even worse, a terrorist? “I’m a juggler,” the driver answered,...
Such A Time As This

Such A Time As This

  There is a compelling scene in the book of Esther. Esther who is Jewish has become the queen of Persia. The king doesn’t know she is Jewish and he is bribed into issuing a decree to have all Jewish people in the kingdom destroyed. Esther’s cousin Mordacai tries to...