You have peculiarities. I have peculiarities. One of my peculiarities is how to load a dishwasher. Silly, I know. But still: I prefer all sharp utensils be pointed downward. Reaching into a dishwasher, I was stabbed once by an unseen fork pointing upward. In my mind the only right way is pointing downward. Of course… Read More Please Don’t Fork It Up
According to http://www.allmusic.com, the song Amazing Grace has been recorded more than 6,600 times. It may be the number one recorded song in the world, sung by a range of singers from Joan Baez to Willie Nelson to Judy Collins to Carrie Underwood. I really enjoy Carrie’s version. As much as I love words and… Read More Amazed By Grace
I went to church my entire childhood. It was boring most of the time. To be fair, that was because of me not the church. These days I am a member of an energetic church that feels a lot like family to me. There is only one reason for the difference between my childhood and… Read More Redeemed? Say So!
If you’ve ever experienced accidentally breathing in water – maybe while swimming – you know how violently the body reacts to get rid of the water so it can get the air it needs to survive. It is a frightening experience to realize how powerless and helpless we are as water-breathers. It is similar to… Read More Not Just A Flesh Wound
Do you ever feel like you’re the only bird on the wire that’s upside down? Things aren’t going your way? It’s funny how we sometimes think repentance means not getting to do what we enjoy. I like the explanation of “repentance” on patheos.com: The Greek word for repent in the New Testament is “metanoeo” which… Read More Repent?
Career-wise, I have worked in my industry for more than 35 years, and over 25 years in my speciality. I’ve done work for many companies, several of which are on the Fortune 100 list. I have stellar personal and professional references, a strong history of employment, am generally liked by co-workers and appreciated by management,… Read More Who Knows You
In Numbers 13:1-2, as the Israelites are getting closer to the promised land, God instructs Moses to send out scouts to “explore the land”. Moses then instructs men to go see what the land is like, whether the inhabitants are strong or weak, and if the soil is fertile. The scouts return with their report,… Read More Note To Self: Remain Faithful
We have a habit of comparing ourselves to others, even in the church. Those with positions and titles may be esteemed by those of us that sit in anonymity. There is a warranted degree of respect for leadership. Even so, they are called and specifically equipped by God, same as you and me. This habit… Read More A Bird, A Fish, And A Porcupine Walk Into A Church…
It is one of the peculiar traits of the human heart to hope. Time after time throughout history, human beings have rallied – independently and collectively – to overcome overwhelming obstacles – often driven by little more than a glimmer of hope, a dream, a desire. The American civil rights movement comes to mind. The… Read More Hope: A Heart Condition
We have smooth polished crucifixes on our churches. We wear gleaming necklaces of gold and silver. Our church buildings are adorned with ornate statues and beautiful stained glass windows. Is it possible that we make nice with these images and icons because we cannot bear to look upon the rugged and ragged cross that we… Read More Undone
Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the… Read More Obedience
Today is my 57th birthday. I woke this morning and my first prayer of the day was: “God, thank You for 57 years. It has been an incredible adventure, and I am surprised to make it this far.” Before the day was over, I would learn that a friend from the old days had passed… Read More Old Friend
It’s almost my birthday. Not one of the special ones… just one of those in the middle-of-nowhere that don’t mean much. I’m too old to take myself seriously and too young (and broke) to retire. But it got me thinking about all the years gone by. Then I got a song stuck in my head.… Read More Introspective Retrospective
Before I met Jesus After I met Jesus But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 2 Corinthians 3:16 the LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the righteous. Psalm 146:8 Then, with the eyes of your hearts enlightened, you… Read More But Now I See
Long-time readers of this blog already have some idea about my pre-Jesus life. It wasn’t pretty. When I look back, I have a sense of bewilderment about how far I had gone in my lost-ness. It wasn’t all bad, of course. But what was bad, was really bad. Now when I look back over the… Read More Bewildered
I stopped in at a major retail store last week. I wish I hadn’t. Whatever they were playing on the store speakers was probably pop (as in, popular) music but the sexualized lyrics offended me enough that I rushed out of the store. As I walked to my car, I wondered… how do parents explain… Read More Damn Discrimination
Originally posted on prodigal ragamuffin:
I saw a shadow like a tree – it’s twisted branches spread. Upon the top a grostesque sight; a monstrous, evil head. I saw the shadow of an angel – golden wings stretched wide. Upon the top a beautiful glow; like fiery diamonds inside. Then I heard, loud and deep,…
On January 5th 2018, I wrote Unwrapped – a post about a question I was pondering: does God keep the future secret so, in part, we will be overjoyed and delighted when we unwrap a gift He has given us? Fourteen days later I was released from my job. Unemployed. Uh, is that a gift?… Read More Soaring On The Wind
I like words. I always have. I especially enjoy the written word, which is why I have a blog instead of a vlog. Even so, my vocabulary and expertise is neither broad nor deep. While I wish to use words in the manner of Winston Churchill, however my applications are more like those of Yosemite… Read More WHO’S or WHOSE?
As the saying goes, “You can pick your friends. You can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” It’s a boundary issue, apparently. Boundaries are everywhere. Doors. Locks. Red lights. That miniature arm rest between airplane seats. Deadlines for filing taxes, completing work projects, applying for loans. Sales with “limit 2 per customer”.… Read More Respect The Boundaries