Memories and Anticipation

I don’t know how you feel about weddings. Do you cry? Are you overcome by the display of love by the bride and groom? Do you sit through the ceremony dreaming of what deliciousness could possibly be served at the reception? Well, I went to one this past weekend. It was my little sister’s wedding.…

Equilibrium: Life in Balance

My printer has to realign itself every time I change the ink.  You know what I’m talking about?  Back in the old days, we used to type in certain numbers to align our printers.  Fortunately, those days are over.  Now we can just scan the sheet of paper it prints out and it will align…

Fully Alive

“I will live this day as fully alive as I can.” These are life changing words uttered from a surprising source. They did not come from a world renowned philosopher, successful entrepreneur, or religious guru. They were not uttered from a serene monastery, an erudite office, or an efficacious board room. They were spoken by…

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…

Teeth and Hope

One of Hannah’s top teeth is loose.  This is not the first time though.  At the end of last year, she discovered the first loose tooth on the bottom.  From the moment she found it she didn’t stop wiggling it until she finally let her Daddy pull it out.  It is quite a milestone in the life…

Come Alive

The cross is crucial to our faith.  Without the cross, there is no forgiveness of sins.  Without the cross we cannot have a relationship with our Holy Father.  By itself though, the cross is not the gospel.  Paul makes it clear what the ingredients of the gospel are in 1Cor 15:1-8.  He packs in the…

Transformed Mind

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  It all starts with our thinking!  God wants us to have our minds “transformed”…

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…