A Pastoral Word

Crave Satisfaction

I confess. I love Cheetos; especially the crunchy kind! It’s one of my favorite unhealthy snacks.  I wondered why I enjoy eating them so much until I came across this excerpt from an article by Michael Moss entitled: “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food.” Moss writes: Every year the average American eats 33 pounds […]

Thermostat Not Thermometer

I saw two excellent movies while on vacation this year. The first week, Sue and I saw The Butler, a movie starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey that is loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, an African-American who worked as a butler in the White House for 34 years, serving every president from […]

“The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever”

In D Magazine, Michael Mooney shares this, “The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever”: On any given night at a bowling alley in America, you might find someone who has bowled a 300, a perfect game. A good bowler on a hot streak can roll 12 consecutive strikes. For a competitive bowler, however, the “holy grail” […]

Fair Judgment

In 2009, Clifton Williams went to the courthouse in Joliet, Illinois to support his cousin, who was due to be sentenced. At the precise moment that Judge Daniel Rozak was reading the sentence, Clifton let out a loud yawn. Because of that ill-timed yawn, the judge cited Clifton for contempt of court and handed down […]

Cup of Happiness

Does money really buy happiness? Studies by a generation of behavioral scientists show that material goods usually don’t deliver lasting happiness. But there is one way that money can buy a form of happiness: when you spend money with, and for, others. Researchers call this phenomenon a “buying experience.” Think of treating someone to a […]

Block at the ROC

My first church out of seminary was the First Baptist Church of Damascus, only 13 miles north of Redland.  I served there as Minister of Music and Youth from 1983-1987.  About mid-way through my tenure, I had my first exposure to Redland Baptist in the form of a full-page ad I came across in the […]

Reliable Wisdom

A few months ago, my amazing daughter-in-law forwarded an e-mail to me full of advertisements from yesterday entitled, “Print Ads You’ll Never See Again” I chuckled as I scrolled down and gazed at actual magazine and newspaper ads from yesteryear: “Isn’t it time you gave yourself a Christmas gift?” – an ad from Colt (pictured […]

Brotherly Love

In December 1943, German fighter pilot Franz Stigler was in pursuit of American bomber pilot Charlie Brown’s plane, looking to shoot it down. If he did, it would earn him the Knight’s Cross, the highest honor for a German soldier. But as you can see in this illustration, when he approached the plane, Stigler saw […]

Dedicated and Disciplined

In a 2011 article in Harpers Business, Great By Choice, Jim Collins and Mort Hansen wrote, In 1911, Roald Amundsen became the first person to lead a successful expedition to the South Pole. Amundsen was also famous for his incredible commitment to prepare for this expedition. While in his late twenties, Roald Amundsen traveled from […]

The Voice In Your Ears

In his book, This American Gospel, Ethan Richardson tells about a time when NPR’s popular radio show, This American Life featured an episode entitled “The Devil Inside Me.” The show asked various people if they ever felt like they were under the spell of an “inner voice” that held them in bondage to unwanted thoughts. […]

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