Why Go?

As we arrived in New Jersey ten days after super “Frankenstorm” Sandy devastated the Northeast, I was prepared for a lot of things.  Due to the prior day’s snow and ice storm, the power was out at the church building where we were planning to stay, but we had lanterns and warm clothing well supplied.…

The Paradox Of Popularity

A paradox is a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true.  The word literally means a conflict of expectation.  Jesus’ teaching flourished in paradox, because God’s kingdom is by nature paradoxical from our world.  He taught things like, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12) and…

The Conversion of a Relationship

I recently had the honor of performing a wedding of two individuals who I had association with through their struggle with addiction.  The woman I had helped through a group we started through our church about 15 years ago.  She had come and sought teaching, counseling, and life assistance.  But then over the years we…

Assisted Living

I’m returning from a trip out to Seattle to help my 85 year old father move in to an assisted living facility.  My brother and sister and our significant others have spent the weekend sorting through our past.  Remembering special experiences attached to certain household items, and trying to decide what to keep and what…

Is Old Age Overrated?

Having arrived at the ripe old age of 53, I recently played in a golf tournament in which I was classified with the “Senior” group.  So I found myself playing from the up tees with men who were by and large older than me.  As we talked, almost to a man, our conversation would drift…

The Intruding World

For the first time in several years, a meeting in South Alabama gave me and my wife an opportunity to go to the gulf for a few days of relaxation at the beach.  We looked forward to this opportunity for months. Unfortunately, due to the weather and scheduling, we had not had the opportunity to…

Independence is Dependence

Most of us love to celebrate Independence Day, a day that Americans remember their freedom from British oppression by gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties, and relaxing times at the lake.     It’s a day that typically ends gazing into the night sky and oohing and awing over the majesty and splendor of…