Another Good Story for Lent

“Every Man for Himself” or “Women and Children First” It’s the middle of the night. There’s a horrific, ungodly noise and everything shudders.  The ship you’re on has just collided with a large rock. Immediately 100 men are drowned in their beds as water pours into the cabins. Precious minutes remain before the ship is entirelyContinue reading “Another Good Story for Lent”

Should I get the Covid Vaccine? Is it morally compromised?

Should I get the Covid Vaccine? Is it morally compromised?  Such are the questions we must ask these days.  But as millions of Americans que up for vaccination, I think it’s worth asking.  The big conundrum is the fact that some vaccines on the market these days either contain or are developed from fetal cellContinue reading “Should I get the Covid Vaccine? Is it morally compromised?”

Some profound insight from a most unlikely source.

I’ve been very upset, lately.  Every time I read the headlines in the news my blood boils a little… sometimes, a lot.  As I am sure you are all well aware, I am a thoroughly conservative Christian pastor and I’m deeply troubled these days by the general drift in our culture away from basic virtuesContinue reading “Some profound insight from a most unlikely source.”

Some random thoughts… and a good story at the beginning of Lent

It’s been a about a week since I last posted anything… I originally created this blog for the 30 Days of Prayer and Purpose, but now that it’s over, I’ve been wondering what I’ll do next. So, until I figure things out, I’ll probably post some random thoughts, as I have time and as theContinue reading “Some random thoughts… and a good story at the beginning of Lent”

A prayer for all those experiencing hardship because of the terrible winter storm:

Father, sometimes it seems wrong to throw my fears and complaints your way; as if I’m sinning. There is so much injustice and suffering in the world, and here I can’t seem to go but a few days without the comforts of electricity and running water and I feel like my whole world is fallingContinue reading “A prayer for all those experiencing hardship because of the terrible winter storm:”

Day 30 (Ending in Ashes)

We are taught to hide dirt. It begins innocently enough even as children. Haven’t you pushed stuff in the closet or under the bed when guests are coming over? Haven’t you dusted around the vase rather than move it? Have you ever only ironed the front of your shirt because you knew that your coatContinue reading “Day 30 (Ending in Ashes)”

Day 29 (The Emperor’s New Clothes)

In 1837, children’s writer, Han’s Christian Anderson published one of his classic and most famous children’s stories, “The Emperor’s New Clothing.”  It has endured the test of time, and for a fairytale, it still has much to say about the human condition. It’s the story of a vain emperor who loved clothing too much. HeContinue reading “Day 29 (The Emperor’s New Clothes)”

Day 28 ((Just 25₵))

So what does service in the kingdom of God really look like?  If you’re thinking grand gestures you’re mostly on the wrong track.  This past week in my 7th and 8th Grade religion class, I was talking to the kiddos about martyrdom.  I asked them what it would take for any of them to doContinue reading “Day 28 ((Just 25₵))”

Day 27 (Don’t Care)

Read Jonah 2. In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10.  Its primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph the planet and its moons, and then beam data to earth about Jupiter’s magnetic field, radiation belts, and atmosphere.  At the time, no man-made satellite had ever gone past Mars.  But in November, 1973,Continue reading “Day 27 (Don’t Care)”

Day 26 (Sow Seed)

Read Matthew 13:1-8. A silly farmer broadcasts his seed.  At least the farmer seems silly.  After all, who would treat seed this way?  I’ve talked with farmers about their seed—corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans.  A bag of high-quality, roundup-ready Monsanto seed can run you hundreds of dollars.  I’ve also seen how much farmers prepare theContinue reading “Day 26 (Sow Seed)”