How to Melt a Frozen Heart

You don’t have to twist my arm to get me to admit that I love Disney’s animated movies.  Part of the reason is because I have small children.  But mostly, I love them because they are great movies.  The Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, and Wreck-It Ralph all have a special place in our family’s…

Made of More

Beer companies spend a lot of money on advertising but few have communicated such a touching message as this one.  A toast to Guinness, whose slogan is “Made of More,” which is apparently Irish for “making a grown American man shed a tear watching this commercial.” What do you do for others to make them…

It’s Good to Be an Heir

We all witnessed the hoopla surrounding the birth of Prince William and Kate’s royal baby.  I still don’t understand America’s obsession with the British royal family but here I am writing about it.  We were all on the edge of our seats waiting on his name, George Alexander Louis.  My favorite part is that this…

Keynote Jesus

Three of our biggest universities in the Churches of Christ are having their yearly “lectureship” on following Jesus.  Abilene Christian University is having their yearly Summit on “Margins: Following Jesus at the Edge in Luke’s Gospel.”  Lipscomb University and Harding University are both doing theirs on the Sermon on the Mount (Jesus’ iconic hillside speech…

Pick Your Battles

We’ve heard the slogan “choose your battles wisely” and we have agreed with it.  Fighting every battle is never wise for any individual, community, or nation.  Christians also should choose their battles wisely.  We should especially choose carefully because what we do reflects on Jesus and if we are not prudent it could reflect negatively on…

Christmas Traditions

Do you have family Christmas traditions?  When I was a kid, my family loved our Christmas Eve tradition.  We kept first things first, which means we always ate first.  Every year on Christmas Eve we had finger foods for dinner.  Cheeses, sausage, crackers, M&Ms, and other delicious treats were always there to make our Christmas…

Thinking About Joe

Have you been bothered at all by the public mourning and celebration of the life of Joe Paterno this week?  I have.  I grew up as a teenager in Pennsylvania, not too far from State College.  Needless to say I grew up with Penn State as my college team, although never challenging my first sports…

Expedition Possible

This summer I watched a TV show called Expedition Impossible.  It is very similar to the popular TV show over past few years The Amazing Race.  In Expedition Impossible, teams of 3 raced one another on a course that included many outdoor challenges such as hiking, mountain climbing, repelling, white water rafting, and even sky…

911 Remembered

I can’t believe it has been ten years since 911 happened.  I remember clearly where I was and what I was doing when it happened.  What a terrible day!  I have a friend who lived in Shankville, Pennsylvania, the site where the plane went down due to the heroic efforts of its passengers.  My friend…