The Path of Least Resistance (is the wrong path)

The path of least resistance never leads to significance. Never. It leads only to a lesser life. The illusion is that it is a safe life but it is not. It is only lesser. Life is often a struggle either way, so we must learn to “struggle toward.” No one achieves significance by staying insideContinue reading “The Path of Least Resistance (is the wrong path)”

Pound Cake and Sweet Tea

When we lived in Georgia during our seminary years, we resided in a planned community called a mill village. The houses had wrap around porches and people sat out front on warm summer evenings. They sat in painted metal gliders and wooden porch swings; always swaying as kids played in the sandy front yards. SomeContinue reading “Pound Cake and Sweet Tea”

Want to Get Ahead in Life?

Want to get ahead in life? Work hard. Have a great attitude. Be a team player. Watch your language. Refuse drama. Show some respect. Be approachable. Stay clean and sober. Have good manners. Be polite. Encourage others. Think before you speak. Dress professionally. Forgive others. Think before you post. Be thankful. Admit when you areContinue reading “Want to Get Ahead in Life?”

“Trail Guide to the Gospel of John” Has Been Released!

My goal was to write a one stop, “lay person’s” commentary on John’s Gospel that people couldn’t put down.

A (Blue) Christmas Prayer

Almighty God,Be with those who are dreading the Christmas season this year.Be with those for whom loss and despair occlude hope and light.Be with those facing empty chairs at their tables and those who will sit at their tables alone.Be with those for whom this season reminds them of where they have failed and whatContinue reading “A (Blue) Christmas Prayer”

Ten Things Every Church Needs in December

COVID or no-COVID and regardless of your context or size, your church is going to need these ten things this December! Leaders in Good Moods At Christ Church, the “Christmas Run” involves about 10 times the time, energy and effort of Easter. There are lots of extra services, staff is pushed hard and everyone isContinue reading “Ten Things Every Church Needs in December”

Christmas is Messy

I don’t like messy things.  I like gleaming cars that look like you just drove them off the lot, straight offices featuring burled wood and immaculate homes that look they jumped out of a magazine.  I like weed-less, fresh trimmed lawns with perfectly edged sidewalks and landscaping that shows someone thought ahead.  I know thatContinue reading “Christmas is Messy”

Going “Old School!”

(The Comeback of American Sunday School)   After decades of decline, I believe Sunday School may be poised for a Post-COVID comeback.  It would be an old thing that became the latest new thing; ecclesiastical Chuck Taylor Converse All-Stars.  Mind you, this would not be a “cut and paste” of Sunday School circa 1970, butContinue reading “Going “Old School!””

Hell-fire and Salvation

I was saved when I was seven.  We were holding a revival at Oak Wood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas and I walked down the aisle during the invitation; somewhere between the fortieth and forty-first verse of “Just as I Am.”  At that altar I repented of my dastardly ways, prayed to receive ChristContinue reading “Hell-fire and Salvation”