Something Fowl

I just finished reading a disturbing piece on people who have been forced to take “less than desirable” jobs (dirty jobs that someone has to do), after having lost their cushy jobs (glamorous jobs that everyone wishes they could get) because of the economy.  One lady lost her 14.00/hour that comfortably supported her and her […]

The Advantages of Pleasing God Rather Than Men

1. If you seek first to please God and are satisfied therein, you have but one to please instead of multitudes; and a multitude of masters are hardlier pleased than one. 2. And it is one that putteth upon you nothing that is unreasonable, for quantity or quality. 3. And one that is perfectly wise […]

Lessons from the Cat

Noelle Starr is our pet daughter.  She is actually a pussy cat who bethinks herself to be, and sometimes acts like, a person (sometimes she acts even better than people).  I don’t know if she was born with an innate misunderstanding of her role and place in the world, or whether we helped to form […]

Dying Thoughts

Puritan writer/preacher, Richard Baxter was a powerful spiritual force in 17th Century England.  J.I. Packer referred to him as “a man for all ministries.”  In Kidderminster, there is a statue in memory of Baxter and this inscription appears at its base:  ‘Between the years 1640 and 1660 this town was the scene of the labours […]

Home Again, Home Again … But Not Dancing A Jig :-)

Linda and I have just returned home after an enjoyable weekend of travel and ministry.  Leaving here on Friday afternoon we made our first stop at the home of Chaplain Meyer in Nevada IA.  These folks are quickly becoming good friends and we enjoy spending time with them.  I was quite tickled with our success […]

I’ll Do It Tomorrow!

Linda and I have just come in from a pleasant cool summer evening (compliments of global warming; thank you Al Gore!) sitting by the fire on the patio.  We were not the only ones in the neighborhood who enjoyed the evening in that fashion.  Two of our neighbors also had fires.  The stillness of the […]

What Comes After “O God!”?

“… weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) No one ever enjoys the painful experiences of life; the kind that have seismic repercussions which fracture the very foundations of everyday existence.  But they happen.  No one ever enjoys the deep water experiences when the feet are no longer […]

Astonied by Zucchini!

Have you ever been astonied?  Sure you have!  I like the word.  It’s a wonderful biblical word that appears in the KJV about a dozen times or so and it means: filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock!  Perhaps the most familiar occurance in the Bible is in Daniel 3.24 when “Nebuchadnezzar the […]

A Bit of Wisdom

Mark Twain is reported to have said, “When I was a boy of fourteen my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  A friend of mine, who has […]

What A Day It Was!

Did you know that one of the greatest benefactors to the protestant Reformation was a man by the name of John Day?  Born while Henry VIII was king, John Day became, neither preacher nor politician … but a printer at the age of 22 during the reign of 16th century King Edward who was a […]