The challenge of Christmas

  Well, yeah: peace, joy, good will.  We all want that.  Who wouldn’t?  Umm, King Herod wasn’t very happy about it.  You remember the story in Matthew 2 – after Jesus was born one of those angels appeared to Joseph and told him to take the child and Mary and run for Egypt because “Herod […]


A story based on Luke 17:11-19             The old fellow is tired.  His name is Ephraim.  The day has been long and hard… and real good.  All of his family – children, grandchildren, and a few cousins – came to his place for a big get together.  Of course his wife is there, too.  Lots […]

Grab hold

Matthew 11:2-12: When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”             Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:  The blind receive sight, the […]

The whole Bible

In 18 Lines GENESIS God: I gotcha Adam & Eve: OK, cool Satan: He doesn’t mean it Adam & Eve: Okay Satan: Gotcha Adam & Eve: Oh snap God: I’ll getcha   REST OF THE OLD TESTAMENT God: Hang on Hebrews: We’re tryin’   NEW TESTAMENT Jesus: I came to getcha People: Kill ‘im Pilate: […]

Understand and trust

I once was leading a group session as a counselor at an adolescent treatment facility. There were about a dozen kids in the group.  We were outside on a deck between two buildings.  There were two brothers in the group – 16, 17 years old.  One of them had been in the facility for several […]

Trespassing, skinny-dipping, and being in Christ

One summer day when I was about 13, some of my friends and I got together to spend the day in the woods. It was land owned by the family of one of the boys.  I don’t remember the exact number but there were about 6 of us.  We explored, climbed trees, fished, and just […]

True coffee

  April 23, 2092 Judson was awakened by the deep voice of his phone: “Judson, your mother is calling.” At first irritated, he responded, “Oh great!” The phone spoke again, “Do you want me to take a message?” Then Judson remembered what was happening – his grandfather, Papa, in the hospice facility. “No, I’ll talk […]

Weird church names

Some church names are just weird. I guess they weren’t really thinking ahead when they chose what to call their church – or they drank too much communion wine.  I once saw a sign in east Texas for “Little Hope Baptist Church” – some but not much “hope for glory” (Colossians 1:27) apparently.  Here are […]

Epic fail

When I was in seminary I played on a church softball team.  In one game I was playing second base and the other team had a runner on first.  The batter hit the ball to shallow center field.  I went to second to take the throw for an easy force out.  Now this was a […]

Reading the Bible for all it’s worth

At the close of his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus said: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that […]