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That Which We Are Able to See

On our Uganda trip in October of 2017 we stayed in a new hotel in the village of Pakwach. Apparently it was REALLLLLLLY new, because they were still trying to work out a few kinks with the locks on their doors. A gentleman on the trip, Sheldon - a pastor from...

Communion and Chewing Gum

Can you have the sacrament of Holy Communion if you chew gum in worship? Recently there was an article in The Charlotte Observer about a young person who was denied communion in the church of his/her faith tradition. There was great debate between the mother of the...

Bursting Through The Hurdles, No Matter What

In a 110 meters hurdles event at the Chinese University Games a hurdler took a whole new approach to the race. Straight from the start he failed to clear the first hurdle and clipped the top of it. When he tried to clear the second hurdle, it was even worse. He ended...

The One Thing that is Unbreakable

We don’t have a lot of things in our society today that are unbreakable. I’ve heard (but have no idea if it is true) that there is a patent for a type of rubber that tires can be made of that won’t wear out . . . but that it isn’t used because it would be detrimental...

You Can’t Buy Grace

You can't buy grace. Father Richard Rohr writes, "The experience of forgiveness or mercy is the experience of a magnanimous God who loves out of total gratuitousness. There is no tit for tat. Grace isn't for sale." We can't buy God's love. There is nothing, NOTHING...

That Which We Are Able to See

On our Uganda trip in October of 2017, we stayed in a new hotel in the village of Pakwach. Apparently, it was REALLLLLLLY new because they were still trying to work out a few kinks with the locks on their doors. A gentleman on the trip, Sheldon - a pastor from...

Communion and Chewing Gum

Can you have the sacrament of Holy Communion if you chew gum in worship? Recently there was an article in The Charlotte Observer about a young person who was denied communion in the church of his/her faith tradition. There was a great debate between the mother of the...

Bursting Through The Hurdles, No Matter What

In a 110 meters hurdles event at the Chinese University Games, a hurdler took a whole new approach to the race. Straight from the start, he failed to clear the first hurdle and clipped the top of it. When he tried to clear the second hurdle, it was even worse. He...

Hurdles of Holiness

What if there was someone you loved so very much . . . respected, revered, honored, but you could never personally encounter their presence? You could only experience their presence through someone else. And that “someone else” was not even one of your closest friends...

Tainted Alcohol

Confession . . . the Smith family consumes alcohol in moderation. Hopefully, that isn’t a deal breaker for you. But – yes, we do drink. (And – Scott has given his permission for me to share this story!) Therefore it wasn’t a big deal when on vacation a few years ago...