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2016 Blog Archive

August 8, 2016 | Leadership pt4
I remember seeing a book entitled something like, “The Pastor as CEO.” While I may have the exact title wrong, the idea is that the role of pastor should be modeled after the role of a CEO of a corporation. This, I believe, is contrary to the model of leadership demonstrated and extolled by... Read More

August 1, 2016 | Leadership pt3
Previously, we’ve seen how Jesus’ model of servant leadership contrasts with the military and corporate models. We’ve also seen that servant leadership makes better fathers and produces happier children. Now let’s look at how this model affects a marriage. In the corporate... Read More

July 25, 2016 | Leadership pt2
Previously I stated that Christian leadership focuses on service rather than command and control. Let’s look at that model in the case of parenting. Since I am a father, I’ll focus on the male role in the family. Some psychologists have identified two styles they observe in fathers. These two... Read More

July 18, 2016 | A Leader
I like this description of one man’s quest to become a leader. The article is anonymous. I went on a search to become a leader. I searched high and low. I spoke with authority. People listened. But alas, there was one who was wiser than I, and they followed that individual. I sought to... Read More

July 11, 2016 | Choices
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18. According to an Associated Press report, a young boy panted and pawed... Read More

July 4, 2016 | Freedom and Civility
The United States of America turns 240 years old on July 4, 2016. That’s a long time for a nation to remain free. But, when you look at our history in the context of world history America is just a child among the nations. Egypt, China, Japan, England, and Greece all make America’s... Read More

June 27, 2016 | Negative Prayer
While it is rare that this ever happens, there have been those who are so disquieted by something I preach or write that they come against me. I have been heckled, boycotted, protested against, and challenged in face-to-face confrontations. I’m always amazed by this reaction but in... Read More

June 20, 2016 | Live Bravely
Philippians 4:12-13 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. When day-to-day problems, mistakes, and... Read More

June 13, 2016 | Insurmountable Problems
Matthew 19:26b “…with God all things are possible.” In 1879, Proctor and Gamble’s best seller was candles. But the company was in trouble. Thomas Edison had invented the light bulb, and it looked as if candles would become obsolete. Their fears became reality when the market for... Read More

June 6, 2016 | Creativity
1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. The Apostle John assures us that God knows we are human. While He would certainly prefer that we not sin... Read More

May 31, 2016 | The Care and Feeding of a Soul
Right after World War II, a U.S. Army officer and his wife were stationed in Japan. That country had been devastated by the war. The post-war economy was in shambles. Unemployment approached 60%. People came to the Army wife's door daily looking for work. One man said that he... Read More

May 23, 2016 | Serendipity
What is serendipity? It is discovering something totally unrelated to the problem you are trying to solve. Call it an accident, dumb luck, or whatever—serendipity has given our world great products, new hope, and better ways of doing things. For example, Columbus discovered... Read More.

May 16, 2016 | Heaven
Given the opportunity to purchase a place in heaven, how much would you pay? Several years ago, a survey was done that asked the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans that very question. This elite group of about one million households earned at least $250,000... Read More.

May 9, 2016 | Routine Assistance
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not... Read More.

May 2, 2016 | He Belongs to the Ages
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on... Read More.

April 25, 2016 | The Whole World Stinks
Wise men and philosophers throughout the ages have disagreed on many things, but many are in agreement on one point: “We become what we think about.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this... Read More.

April 18, 2016 | Get Yourself Together
The young mother was ready for a few minutes of relaxation after a long and demanding day. However, her young daughter had other plans for her mother’s time. “Read me a story, Mom,” the little girl requested. “Give Mommy a few minutes to relax and unwind. Then I’ll... Read More.

April 11, 2016 | Persistence
Once upon a time, there was a Louisville University quarterback who had a dream, an obsession. His dream was to play pro football. However, upon graduation, this young quarterback was not drafted by the pros. He did not give up. He wrote to several teams and finally got a tryout... Read More.

April 4, 2016 | Easier Said Than Done
During the Holocaust, countless children were exterminated at the Ravensbruck concentration camp. When the camp was liberated, a note, written by an unknown prisoner, was found on the body of a dead child. "O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but... Read More.

March 28, 2016 | The Problem-Solver
Charlie Steinmetz described himself as an ugly, deformed immigrant blessed with an “electronic” mind. Steinmetz built the electrical generators for Henry Ford’s first plant in Dearborn, Michigan. One day those generators failed to function, and production in the plant came to a halt. Ordinary... Read More.

March 21, 2016 | Easter Celebration
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.  1 Corinthians 15:20-22. Much has... Read More.

March 14, 2016 | Success
Albert Schweitzer was born in 1875. He was a sickly child who was slow to read and write and was a poor scholar. As he grew up, he forced himself to master subjects that were particularly difficult, such as Hebrew. He turned out to be a genuine music prodigy, playing the organ at age eight, and... Read More.

March 7, 2016 | Beating the System
A troop of Boy Scouts gathered for their annual hike in the woods. Taking off at sunrise, they commenced a fifteen–mile trek through some of the most scenic grounds in the country. About midmorning, the Scouts came across an abandoned section of railroad track. Each... Read More.

February 29, 2016 | Criticism
“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye... Read More.

February 22, 2016 | The Blessings of Asking for Forgiveness
If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 4:23-24. Being reconciled to a... Read More.

February 15, 2016 | Excellence
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might… Ecclesiastes 9:10a. Achievement comes to those who look for opportunities and then seize the moment with unwavering zeal. In the days of our Founding Fathers, Andrew Bradford held an enviable business contract. Despite its shoddy... Read More.

February 8, 2016 | Deadly Activity
Be not therefore anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or, “What shall we drink?” or, “Wherewithal shall we be clothed?” For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom... Read More.

February 1, 2016 | Beating the System
A man from Charlotte, North Carolina, having purchased a case of rare, very expensive cigars, did something very unusual. He insured them against fire! Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of fabulous cigars, and having yet to make a single premium payment on the policy... Read More.

January 25, 2016 | The Cellist of Sarajevo
On May 27, 1992, in war-torn Sarajevo, one of the few bakeries that still had a supply of flour was making and distributing bread to the starving, war-shattered people. At 4 p.m., a long line stretched into the street. Suddenly, a mortar shell fell directly into the middle of... Read More.

January 18, 2016 | Let’s Talk Hermeneutics
Don’t let the title of this blog frighten you. While the term “hermeneutic” may be unfamiliar to you, it simply refers to the strategy a person uses when reading and interpreting Scripture. Every good biblical expositor follows a set of rules to guide their study of the Bible. If there are no rules, it is easy... Read More.

January 11, 2016 | Tried and True
I've often been asked, "Why does God test us? Doesn't God know everything already? If so, why would He need to test us?" When God tests us it is not for the purposes of his own knowledge but for our knowledge and the knowledge of the one whom the Bible refers to as "the... Read More.

January 4, 2016 | My Favorite Bible Verse
Eons ago, when I was in college, I was struggling.  Having been raised in a fairly legalistic home and church I struggled with assurance of eternal life.  I also was confused about what God wanted me to do for a life’s work.  During my senior year, a group I sang in was invited to sing for a youth... Read More.