Beneath, behind & beyond

Most people who have ever heard me preach can tell that I love to preach.  Most people don’t know, however, that I love to teach even more. Yes, the two are related, but preaching is limited in its function. There’s an interaction when you teach that you cannot have when you preach, at least the way our preaching has developed.  When most people listen to me preach, that’s what they do, listen.  Some people barely…..

We’re missing one word

A shooting happened at a softball field yesterday.  This morning, between weather reports and nail polish reviews, there is a renewed call for unity.  Renewed?  Yes, because we’ve been down this road before.  Tragedy brings us together.  Even if superficially. But I get tired of superficiality.  I know many of you do as well. With all the news reports I’ve seen over the years about what we need to do to create unity and bring…..

What’s new

By the way, sometimes it’s okay to start change small. Doing something completely new can be daunting.  It can be scary.  Well, for most people.  There are those among us that love to blaze the trails; we call them trailblazers–we’re so creative. For most of us, however, trying anything new is feels like feeding Gizmo after midnight. But if you’re not willing to move to the new, you’re bound to get held back.  So, instead…..

Remember

Facebook helps us do something we should be doing already. By now every Facebooker has seen the daily reminders of what you posted previously on this date the year before; it’s creatively labeled On This Day. It began with displaying just what you posted one year ago, I believe.  Now, it takes you back several years. You also see who you became friends with that day and for how long you’ve been connected through Facebook. What…..

Go back

Was it The Game of Life? Sorry!? Trouble? Chutes & Ladders? Somebody taught us it was burdensome to go back to the beginning.  But if you’ve lost your way, quite often that’s exactly where you need to go.  It’s not a demotion. It’s not a set back.  If you go back on purpose you could very well be learning to live again. Jesus tells the church at Ephesus to go back to what they used to do at first……