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Easter Joy

I love Easter because it reminds me, every year, of why my faith is so important to me. One might think that re-reading and retelling the same story over and over again might get tiresome at some point, but it never does. The story of Jesus’ resurrection and his victory over death is Good News…

Ordinary Donkeys

With Palm Sunday just days away, I thought I’d share with you again a parable about the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem so long ago. The story goes that on the day after Jesus’ triumphal entry, the donkey awakened, still excited about the day before. He went into town and found some people near…

Oyster People

During the ministry of John Wesley (founder of the Methodist Church), many churches were led by lay preachers with limited education. On one occasion, one of these simple preachers was called on to preach from Luke 19:21, which reads in the King James, “Lord, I feared thee, because thou art an austere man.” Not knowing…

Wounded Healers

A woman in a Bible study I was leading once declared that the nearly fatal disease she’d been fighting was the best thing that had ever happened to her. What she meant was that her pain and fear had led her to the true source of healing and peace. As a result of her diagnosis,…

Attitude is Key

Charles Swindoll writes, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so, it is with each of us… we are in charge of our attitudes.” I came across a wonderful illustration of this that contains excerpts from the diary of a dog and…

Living on Kairos Time

Last weekend, we set our clocks ahead an hour to take advantage of Daylight Savings Time. I’ve never liked losing an hour of sleep, but I love the fact that the sun is now still shining at 7 pm and beyond! All this talk about time reminded me of an old song called “Living on…

Sitting in Circles

God’s love for us is never changing. How much we grow in love and faith, however, is up to us. William Boggs once wrote, “For many of us, religion is like an artificial limb. It has neither warmth nor life, and though it helps us stumble along, it never becomes a part of us. We…

Perfect Storm

The snow just keeps coming! As I write this, we are expecting another big snowstorm on Tuesday night. My wife, Tammy, who has been teaching in the Midwest for many years, doesn’t remember a winter as bad as this one in terms of school cancelations. Unfortunately, many of the snowstorms we have had over the…

Hand Crafted

My parents recognized early on they needed to handle each of their children in very different ways. For me, one of the worst punishments was being sent to my room by myself. My sister, on the other hand, was a different story. As an introvert, the best discipline for her was to make her sit…

Wise Investing

While the Super Bowl was being broadcast on Sunday evening, I was driving to Louisville, Kentucky for a meeting with other recipients of the Louisville Institute grant for pastoral study projects. My project won’t happen until next year around this time, but this is a required part of the process laid out by the Lilly…