I have an appreciation for certain historical quotes, and particularly for the words of Winston Churchill, C.S. Lewis, Abraham Lincoln, Will Rogers, Mark Twain. “A modest little person, with much to be modest about.” Winston Churchill “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out… Read More Caution: Words Ahead
One day at work… VP: “I want to see if you are interested in taking on more responsibility.” Me: “What did you have in mind?” VP: “I’d like you to take over this team (holds up an organization chart).” Me: “That is quite a lot more responsibility.” VP: “It will be a stretch.” Me: “I… Read More Proper Pronunciation
Last night I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where we honored people celebrating years of sober living. Some of the people have been on a sober and spiritual journey for over 45 years. These are people that may have started out stumbling but will likely finish their race well. I love recovered drunks, like myself.… Read More Finishing Well
Standing in line at my local grocery store, I was lost in deep spiritual thought (ok, I was reading the cover of People in the magazine rack). When it was my turn to check out, the young lady cashier engaged me in an interesting and brief conversation. You might say, it was a meeting of… Read More Seeing Rightly: A True(ish) Story
My high school class was rather small, which is probably why I was on the football team. I wasn’t good; certainly not as good as the first string players. But I was sent into a game from time to time. The highlight of my football “career” was at an away game; we were the visiting… Read More Run Until Tackled
I’ve just read Donald Miller’s book, Blue Like Jazz, for a second time. I was captured anew by a phrase in the book: we use love as currency. That is not a complimentary statement. And he wasn’t referring to humans in general. He was referring to church-going people in general. In one section he remarks… Read More As-Is
Soon it will be Easter season again; spring colors, hats and dresses and ties and dyed eggs and baskets. It is the special time of year when flowers come up and trees bud (here in the northern hemispheres, at least). Since I was a kid I have marveled at this phenomenon of rebirth and renewal.… Read More What Do You See?
I admit defeat. I can’t take all the negativity in the news anymore. Besides, I don’t know who most of these people in the news are. I figure it’s even odds they are (a) celebrities, (b) politicians, or (c) athletes (is there a difference?). All of them have expiration dates in their respective fields, which… Read More Grow Where You’re Planted
The other day I was thinking about how life can go along smoothly for a while, then out of the blue: WHAM! Some unwelcome or scary thing happens to us. And the thought occurred, “I have yet to meet anyone that goes to Disneyworld just to ride the Merry-Go-Round; most people at least want to ride… Read More Roller Coasters and Merry-Go-Rounds
Psychology Today defines fear as “an internal response to a perceived threat”. While fear is very real, what we fear may not be real at all. That’s why the definition includes the word perceived. In 12-step recovery, we come to realize that fear is often based on nothing more than our expectations; we had become fearful… Read More F.E.A.R.
This post was birthed after reading from Don Merritt’s most excellent blog, The Life Project. The specific post is here. I highly recommend it. Jesus first approaches Peter by calling out to him after Peter has experienced a night of fruitless fishing; He instructs Peter to put his net in the water again. Peter is… Read More Perfect Love
There was a popular book titled “Ragamuffin Gospel” years ago. In part, the message of that book influenced the name of this blog. The author is Brennan Manning, who passed away in 2013. I recently read a blog post that questioned the credibility and legitimacy of Brennan Manning’s “leadership role” because he had been a… Read More Defense
Maybe I am trying to find reasonableness in an unreasonable world but this just won’t leave me alone. I have been puzzling over the significance of this manger business for quite a while. It just seems so… intentionally specific. For this post, I decided to look around for some historic notes (research!) that relate to… Read More Dirty Little Hearts And Mangers
Many of my childhood memories with my dad are when he was working on a repair or improvement to our family home, and I was invited to “help”. Today we call that DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. Back then we just called it “work”. As a… Read More The Joy of DIY
The day after Jesus feeds the 5,000 men (plus women and children) with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish (John 6:9-13), the people come looking and find Him again. Jesus makes an observation about this crowd in verses 26-27: Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs,… Read More Hungry Again
Each year in America we celebrate the holiday Thanksgiving Day. This year is my 55th Thanksgiving and I’ve seen a lot of different versions of the celebrating. One year I prematurely over-celebrated the night before Thanksgiving and missed out on the whole meal. When I was a child, our family traveled to my great-uncle’s house… Read More Love. Thanks. Giving.
I don’t watch a lot of TV, and virtually everything I view is pre-recorded to a DVR. The coolest feature of my DVR is the ability to fast-forward through commercials. After years of conditioning, I am accustomed to non-commercial TV viewing. I’m blessed that way. When I do see commercials on TV it’s because I… Read More What I Deserve
I am very much on-board when things are going smoothly. Not so much when things get hard. When things are difficult, my default response is moaning and complaining. Usually out loud. In Philippians 4:11-12, Paul makes a bold and provocative statement: “…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know… Read More God Bless America
As mentioned in other posts on this blog, I am a recovered alcoholic and addict. Before recovery I was consumed with a crazy fear there wasn’t enough (fill-in-the-blank). Sure, it was an irrational fear; but it did not feel irrational at the time. It felt normal. That’s one of the peculiarities of the disease. It… Read More Not Enough _____ In The World
Every once in a while I see a photo or a movie, or hear a song, and be reminded of something from the past. Long ago Christmases or vacations, things like that. I have a sentimental streak but I don’t look back often. Some of my friends remember the exact score of football games from… Read More Seize The Fish!