Warnings

The nature of “warnings” has changed in the last few years.  I remember the day when a “tornado warning” meant someone had spotted an actual tornado.  But the other day I saw a warning issued because of circumstances that were likely to lead to a tornado.  Twenty miles offshore. I mean no disrespect to the…

Jigsaw Puzzle Theology

Jigsaw Puzzle Theology

I’ve been listening to a lot more sermons than normal in recent days.  (You have too, I hope.)  That includes several friends of the East Hill church — Kris Emerson, Scott Taylor, and Bryant Bailles, among others.  But as far as visuals go, watching men stand still and talk is not too engaging.  So sometimes…

Misspellings

I like food videos.  I’m always looking to learn how to do something better.  And I love anything having to do with food that does not increase my calorie count. But I have to question the credibility of some of these so-called experts.  For instance, I recently ran across a link to a video about…

Lessons

Rihanna has a tattoo that reads, “No failures, just lessons.”  Given that it is her 13th tattoo, I’m gathering the “lesson” in this case was not the lesson I would have impressed upon my girls — namely, “Don’t get tattoos.”  But different strokes … I love the message, though.  A negative event in your life…

Tattoo lessons

Rihanna has a tattoo that reads, “No failures, just lessons.”  Given that it is her 13th tattoo, I’m gathering the “lesson” in this case was not the lesson I would have impressed upon my girls — namely, “Don’t get tattoos.”  But different strokes … I love the message, though.  A negative event in your life…

Movies

True confession time: Tracie and Taylor have got me watching Hallmark mystery movies.  In the beginning, I’ll admit, I thought maybe me watching four or five Mystery 101s would get me a family screening of Lawrence of Arabia.  (The investment of time is roughly the same.)  But I’ll admit, I actually enjoy the movies themselves. …

Preaching to myself

We are suspending worship services at the church building for the time being.  It is a temporary measure to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.  As a result, I spent all day Thursday and Friday preaching to a camera, trying to get two online sermons ready to drop on Sunday. They are not overly…

Complaints

When does a negative observation become whining?  When does leaning on our brethren for comfort become burdening them with our problems?  Is “venting” every once in a while an appropriate response to stress?  I have no easy answers for such questions.  If you do, please share. Perhaps asking yourself questions such as the following can…