The Olympics is good for a good cry if nothing else.
Three stats shocked me today: on average teens spend 7.5 hours a day consuming digital media (cell phone, TV, iPod, computer, ...), on average teens spend 4 minutes a day talking to their parents, married couples, on average spend 11 minutes a day talking. We'll that just says it all. Parents aren't raising kids, their … Continue reading Even Change is Changing
The snow this week was a delight for me. Not enough to bother shoveling but enough to remind me of all the things I love about snow. Snow softens the sounds of the air and gives a delightful freshness to even the most drab of locations. There seems to always be construction equipment moving about … Continue reading The Seasons
The Winter Olympics are under way and preachers everywhere are going to be looking for sermon illustrations . Not me! At least not yet, but... Watching the competition this afternoon I am struck by the analogy: Your best effort decides your fate, not your worst. In 5000m long track speed skating you skate one race … Continue reading A Standard of Excellence
The end has come. I bought my Dad's 1993 Ford Escort two years ago (bought is a loose term, he gave it to me but it cost $1 200 to safety) knowing that I would drive it into the ground. We came to learn last week that the ground is here. Yes, the ground is … Continue reading The Long and Winding Road
Announced this week: They've invented a new pint glass that is shatter proof. This made me think, “that's good news I suppose, but why is this worthy of p. 2 in the newspaper?” I continued reading only to learn that this glass was developed by the British government in an effort to save health care … Continue reading Chasing Symptoms
This Sunday we are talking about Mark 14: 22-31 where Jesus institutes what we call 'The Lord's Supper.' or the observance of Communion. In my church tradition, we observe this symbolic feast each week. This wasn't just any meal that Jesus was eating when he did this but was actually the Passover meal that Orthodox … Continue reading Our Weekly Meal Together
Arrrgh! I gotta get this off my chest. There are 260 chapters in the whole New Testament and guess how many have to do with instructions or discussion of orderly worship practices? Parts of two. Why is it that there is so much ink spilled about worship and church organization when the New Testament spends … Continue reading Worship Rant~!
Assignment this week is to write a poem so here goes. Inspired by Ecclesiastes 7: 2-4 The House of Mourning The house of mourning has many guests, but holds no rooms for dwellers. For you will pass through from time to time, but you cannot stay. Mom arrived during the first bright week of October … Continue reading The House of Mourning