Big headline in the news yesterday: Ben Affleck bought a heinously expensive house just one half mile from Jennifer Garner. So, why should I care? Why does this make headlines? Why is it when any person designated “celebrity” does anything or says anything, the media races to see who will get it up on line […]Read more "On Celebrities and Golden Calves"
Many years ago, my wife, two children, and I lived in an older double wide mobile home at the end of a road, up against the California/Arizona state line — which happened to be the Colorado River. The area around the several homes out there was still wild, scrubby desert. It was not uncommon to […]Read more "On Forgiving, Forgiveness and the Skunks of Life"
A few weeks ago, I asked my wife whatever happened to “My Space”. She laughed, right out loud, before telling me that social media platform is all but dead. Then she let me know that Facebook is no longer the “hip” social media place; there are dozens of others, whichever one seems to have caught […]Read more "On Social Media and the Numbing of the Brain"
Creepy. That’s the best word I can muster. Creepy. Perhaps you have seen those photographs on line somewhere (possibly Facebook) that purport to be actual images of ghostly figures photobombing the scene — strange faces peering out from slightly open doors, or peeping over a window sill. With many of those comes the disclaimer nothing […]Read more "On Creepy Stuff"
In the 1980’s, it was quite the “thing” to bid farewell to someone in the church who was moving to another location with a serenade of a song by Michael W. Smith, “Friends are Friends Forever.” It was almost uncouth or maybe borderline heretical to do otherwise. And usually, whoever was singing the song to […]Read more "On Friends, Friends and Friends"
It has become a standard joke between us. My wife and I giggle every month when we get our retirement fund statement from our national headquarters. For years we have served small churches, sometimes having to work a secular job for the privilege of serving a church as pastors. The usually skinny salaries meant nothing […]Read more "On The Co$t of the Calling"
Politics. That word is almost a bad word. It seems less and less the concern for the overall welfare of the people, replaced by a driving, overblown dedication to ideology. Sometimes the so-called “hot-button” issues wind up generating much heat, not a lot of light, and wind up with a caravan of voices all stridently […]Read more "On Politics, Salt and Mission"