Trust in the Lord

During past few weeks I have spent a lot of time sorting and packing belongings for the move to our new retirement home in Smyrna, GA. Two years ago our younger son, Jeff, his wife, Britney, and their two sons, Odin (10) and Asher (7) relocated from their home near...

The Joy of Life-Long Learning

Next month I am turning 65 years old. Some people assume that when they retire from full-time paid employment, as I plan to do at the end of June, they will also retire from learning new things. I am absolutely certain that will not be the case for me. I live to learn...

Ministry in a Digital Age

In Jesus’ day, most messages were shared face to face. Jesus touched the sick when he healed them. He talked with people as they walked along the road or sat on the hillside. His message of hope and love was passed verbally from person to person. We have no evidence...

Journey to the Cross

Journey to the Cross  Historically, Lent has been a time dedicated to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. During the season of Lent, Christians are encouraged to examine their lives to determine any areas where they need improvement. While this Lenten focus is...

Lent as a Season for Spiritual Growth

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14. Lent is the 40 days before Easter Sunday, excluding the Sundays. Historically it has been a time when believers focus on self-denial in order to relate to the sufferings of Jesus.  Many Christians have a practice of...

The Stigma Persists

Christian faith communities are often on the front lines when it comes to identifying people suffering with mental illness, but we have not always been the best at offering love and hope to those who suffer. The stigma of mental illness is still very real. How many...

Rise Up

For as long as I can remember, I have been captivated by a good challenge. I know a great many people who are easily discouraged whenever they encounter a barrier to one of their goals. Not me! When I see a barrier, I think of it as something I can work to...

Come As A Child

"So Jesus called a child to come and stand in front of them, and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven."  (Matthew 18:2-3, Good News Translation)  What does it mean to "come as a...

Keeping Christ in Christmas

We have all heard the admonition to "keep Christ in Christmas," but do we really know how to do that? Secular culture has co-opted Christmas for so long that it can be difficult for Christians to see where we have been led astray. Think about the things...

What is Advent?

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church year, and includes the four Sundays before Christmas. The Latin root for Advent means "coming."  Christians use this season as a time to proclaim and reflect on the comings of Christ. These "comings"...