Would you vote for Oprah or King Solomon?

We do live at an interesting moment in history. I watched the Golden Globes and wondered when actors and entertainers began to think their job was to influence the world. And I wondered if the average people in our nation genuinely believe they should. I found it ironic to watch women in low-cut, beaded, sequined, […]

Five promises from God for 2018

The media is full of lists right now promising a healthier, wealthier and happier new year if we will follow their five or ten directives. I wish reading those lists accomplished the goals. I’m often more of a “reader” than a “doer.” I find it comforting to know that James needed to address my same […]

Why Did Jesus Choose to Become a Baby?

Christmas could have been a celebration of an inauguration or some other grand event. Jesus could have stepped into this world any way he chose, but he chose to become an infant. Why did the Creator create the Christmas story with such creative details? I think God wanted us to know how to recognize him. […]

Make This List and Check It Twice

A friend sent me an email that I wanted to share with all of you. It looked something like this: There are many important things to think about this time of year. We don’t want to forget anyone or omit anything that matters. So, in these last twelve days of Christmas, make your list and […]

Angela Lansbury made a good point

The former star of Murder, She Wrote was misrepresented in the news when she made a statement about women taking some responsibility for the sexual harassment scandals that have dominated the news. Angela Lansbury clarified her words in a later article saying, “There is no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive […]

Waiting for Christmas

How long would you wait for God to answer a prayer? The Jews waited for their Messiah for more than eight hundred years. Most of them had been waiting so long that they were confused by God’s answer when he came. Christmas came as a gift that most people didn’t even know they needed. The […]

Bring Jesus to Your Table

Last Sunday I taught Psalm 103. As I got ready to write a Thanksgiving blog, the first two verses of that Psalm kept coming to my mind: Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— If you want to […]

Wonder: A must see movie

I wrote about R.J. Palacio’s first novel this past summer. One of you recommended Wonder, and I read it on my vacation. The novel made me want to apply for a job as a middle school English teacher, just so I could discuss this book with seventh and eighth graders. (That sentence alone should cause […]

This is the day you were reborn to live

People probably know you attend church each Sunday, so it is quite possible someone will ask you if you are nervous or scared to do that this week. If it isn’t safe to go to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, is it safe to go to church anywhere? The real question behind […]