A Pastoral Word

A Celebration Worth Waiting For…

When I was a kid my siblings and I looked forward to Christmas day all year long. In October we started counting the days…and by Christmas Eve it was all we could do to contain our excitement. Waiting was so hard! I remember one Christmas Eve, to help me deal with my nervous excitement, dad […]

Trusting Your Translator

Jorge Rodrigues was a Mexican bank robber who operated along the Texas border in the late 19th century.  He was so successful in his forays into the Lone Star state that the Texas Rangers assigned an extra posse to the Rio Grande to stop him. Late one afternoon one of the special Rangers saw Jorge […]

Onward Christian Soldiers!

When you think of the great inventions of humankind, you probably think of the wheel, the printing press, or the computer.  You probably don’t think of the stirrup. While history books contain several accounts of how and when stirrups were invented, the following example, as shared by Wayne Rice, demonstrates just how great the impact […]

Everyone Wins!

Today (January 15th) was a special day…the first day of games in this years Upward basketball season.  My team, The Blazers (I’m just the assistant coach—John Fergis is our real leader) played at noon, but my daughter Sarah’s team, The Jayhawks, had a game at 11AM so I came early. This year, Upward has grown […]

When the Road Gets Rough…

When the angel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God, he didn’t conclude with the words, “Therefore, we’ll put you in a mansion with a team of servants at your beck and call.” We might argue that Mary deserved this kind of red carpet treatment, but that’s not the […]

Jesus’ Birth…A Truth Worth Sharing

According to the calculations of Wayne Rice, around the globe there are approximately two billion children. By subtracting the number of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, or Buddhist children we come to a figure of about 378,000,000. Many of them believe in Santa Claus and eagerly anticipate his visit to their homes on Christmas Eve. Consider all […]


All of us are familiar with problems because trials and tribulations are part and parcel of life in a fallen world. Recently I read something Steve May said about this subject that got my attention. May writes: “Problems are messages. Think about it. A health problem — even a minor one — could be a […]

Remember the REASON for the Season

Quoting from The Advent Conspiracy website: “The story of Christ’s birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love. So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of the Savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists. And when it’s all over, many […]

God Is Speaking…Are You Listening?

As I write this, I’m sitting on the deck of Jack and Dilly Murray’s vacation home on the shores of beautiful Lake Lure, North Carolina.  For the second time, I’ve enjoyed a week of their hospitality in this place that is perfect for study and reflection. While enjoying spectacular mountain views I’ve made plans for […]

When Life Hands You Lemons…

A wise man once said, “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” These six words are full of truth because when things are toughest, we find out who we really are and what we most need to change. Here are a couple examples to help you see what I’m talking about: ¨ Are you willing to give […]

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