People On His Mind

People On His Mind

Many years ago now, I heard a pastor reflecting on Jesus love for people. He said, “You know how Ray Charles had Georgia on his mind? Always singing about Georgia. Couldn’t get it off his heart. Well, just like Ray Charles had Georgia on his mind, Jesus, he had people...
Holy Ground – Beethoven’s Piano

Holy Ground – Beethoven’s Piano

A young woman stood before Beethoven’s piano in a Vienna museum. Presently she struck a few discordant notes. “I suppose,” she said to an attendant, “that many noted musicians have inspected this instrument.” “Oh, yes,” replied the man. “Recently Paderewski was here.”...
We’re Here in the Middle of it All!

We’re Here in the Middle of it All!

“Today’s message was written by my friend, Roger Kunkel, founder of Dial Hope.” -Joe There’s a story of two cowboys out on the range caring for a large herd of buffalo. One of the cowboys says to the other, “These buffalo are the dirtiest, smelliest, ugliest creatures...
Staying Open to Change

Staying Open to Change

I recently heard about a strange ocean animal called the sea squirt. It is interesting that a young sea squirt will travel through the sea searching for a suitable rock or piece of coral to cling to and make its home for life. When it finds its spot and takes root, it...
The Fake Rabbit

The Fake Rabbit

The great preacher and scholar Fred Craddock once told about visiting one of his students after graduation. This former student was married and had young children in the house. Before dinner, Fred watched the kids roll around on the floor while playing with the family...
Daylight on the Other Side

Daylight on the Other Side

Many years ago, when Pierre Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, he gave a speech in which he shared with the nation that because of budget shortfalls, the government was going to reduce financial assistance programs. “If there is any relief,” he said, “it will be...
We Need Each Other

We Need Each Other

Not long ago, I heard about a woman who always went to a branch post office in her town because the postal employees there were friendly. She went there to buy stamps just before Christmas one year and the lines were particularly long. Someone pointed out that there...
Blessed, and then Blessing

Blessed, and then Blessing

Once the eminent philosopher John Dewey found his son in the bathroom. The floor was flooded and he was mopping furiously trying to contain the water in that room, keeping the damage to a minimum. The professor began thinking, trying to understand the deeper...
Handing Over Worry

Handing Over Worry

      A young man just out of business school, answered a want ad for an accountant. He got the interview, and met with a very nervous businessman who ran a small business that he had started himself.   “I need someone with an accounting degree,”...
Shining Brightly

Shining Brightly

Star-like energy exists in all of us. Author Sue Monk Kidd once told a story about when her daughter was small and got the seemingly small part of the Bethlehem star in a Christmas play. After her first rehearsal, she burst through the door with her costume, a...