“Humility” From time to time people debate which sin or character defect is the worst of the worst. For British author and theologian C.S. Lewis it was no contest. “The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison. It was through Pride that the […]
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“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow” When people respond to God’s call to ministry, they may inevitably wonder where they’ll be led to serve. Thomas Ken, born just outside London in 1637, couldn’t have imagined he would one day become Chaplain to the King of England. And that he would consider it the most […]
“God the Artist” Around the mid-1800’s at a Scottish seaside inn, there was an accident. A serving maid was carrying a pot of tea past a table of fisherman just as one of the men gestured enthusiastically to show the size of the fish he claimed to have caught. He snagged the teapot and down […]
“Good News-Bad News” You need to deliver some good news and some bad news. Which news should you pass along first? Daniel Pink, author of “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”, reports that most doctors, teachers and personnel managers prefer to lead with the positive. Their conviction is that good news is a great […]
“Cleanliness is Next to Godliness” That declaration typically appears in Top 10 lists of statements people wrongly assume are in the Bible. It was actually coined by John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church in a 1787 sermon. Wesley, interestingly, wasn’t talking about hygiene. He was encouraging the habit of wearing clean clothes. It can […]
“Beauty is Only Skin Deep” This familiar proverb is attributed to Sir Thomas Overby, who coined it in 1613 as a way of describing his wife. Mrs. Overby’s response was not recorded. But we may presume Thomas ate leftovers by himself that evening. As it turns out, a number of things that people seem to […]
“The Power of Words” The power of touch has always been a significant part of human relationships. It appears, however, that we’ve entered a season in which the three H’s (handshakes, hugs and high-fives) will need to recede at least for a while in our connections with those beyond our own families. But it opens […]
“FOG” A bank of fog can be intimidating. Familiar landmarks seem to vanish. Progress slows. We may even seem to lose our way. The science of fog is well known when super-saturated warm air hovers over cooler ground water vapor that precipitates into small droplets of condensation. Those droplets are suspended into the air via […]
“Jesus Wept” Some of the diminutive verses in the Bible aren’t particularly life-altering. There’s Job 3:2: “And Job said”, and Luke 17:32 “Remember Lot’s wife”, and I Chronicles 1:25 which happens to be right in the middle of a genealogy: “Eber, Peleg,Reu.” Others pick a serious punch like Deuteronomy 5:17, “You shall not murder.” And […]
“He’s Still in the Sending Business” The day that commemorates Jesus’ Ascension is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Christian calendar. As the bombastic comedian said every standup-routine, “I’m telling you, I don’t get no respect.” Jesus’ arrival as a human being (Christmas), his last meal with his disciples (Maundy Thursday, his sacrificial death on the […]