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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 ...

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 ...
That Which We Are Able to See

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
Communion and Chewing Gum

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 ...
Bursting Through The Hurdles, No Matter What

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, ...
Hurdles of Holiness

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 ...
Tainted Alcohol

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 ...
Ever Been Helpless?

Ever Been Helpless?

No one wants to feel utterly helpless. It is human nature to want to feel as if we are in control of our lives . . . but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. Do you remember a time when you felt absolutely helpless? What did ...
Did You Have a Blankie?

Did You Have a Blankie?

Have you ever “attached” yourself to something? Like – really attached? Some babies attach themselves to their pacifiers for comfort. Other small children have a special stuffed animal or my personal favorite, a blankie, and that is their ...
You’re Full of Yourself!

You’re Full of Yourself!

Have you ever been in a debate with someone about a political or moral issue and you find yourself saying, “If you’ve already made up your mind about this then why are we discussing it? Why bother?” Or . . . have you ever been told, “You are ...
Dependent on Nothing and No One

Dependent on Nothing and No One

A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend the night at the Homeless Shelter that New Story Church in Winston Salem offers throughout the winter months. Part of the experience was the time we sat around the dinner table with the guests of ...
I See You! I Hear You!

I See You! I Hear You!

Forgive me for a tv example . . . .  but years ago there was a show Parenthood (now on my gluttonous guilty pleasure Netflix)in which the father figure, Zeek, had some difficulty relating to his wife, Camille. Throughout the series, especially ...

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