I approach this July 4th with what can be best described as mixed emotions. Most certainly, I want to celebrate the birth of our great Republic. Oh, how youthful memories flow of those 4ths of July spent at baseball tournaments or family reunions at my grandmother’s. As a young adult, many an Independence Day meant a trek to my … Continue reading Celebrating Freedom
A recent Facebook post aimed at the under-50 demographic prompted a smile and a chuckle for its innate wisdom. “Y’all better enjoy your 20s, 30s, and 40s. Because in your 50s, that check engine light is gonna come on.” How true! I might add you can also expect an unwelcome guest to show up — … Continue reading The Warning Lights Are Growing Brighter
Boris had lost hope. All hope. Unjustly imprisoned in a filthy prison camp far from home, he had all but given up. Life wasn’t worth living anymore. Having grown up in Stalinist Russia, Boris was a dedicated Communist. He was also a Jew. He had no love for the Czar and the Christian Orthodox believers … Continue reading Forgetting God
It may come as a surprise to 21st Century Americans that the original official motto of Harvard University, first adopted in 1692, was Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae, Latin for “Truth . . . for Christ and the Church.” In the 17th and 18th centuries, Harvard students were encouraged to have a biblical worldview and embrace … Continue reading What is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him?
I have mixed emotions about Facebook. But one feature I do enjoy is the occasional memories that pop up. These heartwarming reminders, more often than not, spark a laugh, prompt a smile, or, more likely, a shake of the head as I wonder — has it been that long? This week’s Facebook memory is a … Continue reading God’s Paintbrush at Work
Matthew 27:45-46: Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, la′ma sabach-tha′ni?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” As one ponders these last words of Christ on the cross, … Continue reading What’s So Good About Good Friday?
I usually steer clear of too much political opining, but a recent Facebook post by a friend prompted me to ponder in writing what it means to be “woke.” Unless you have been on Mars for the past several years, you know that the verb describing the status of sleep has morphed into an adjective … Continue reading Woke is Broke
COVID is a curse, straight from the Pit. I know people who have had it, and I know people who have died from it. The reflection below is a true account of an event last Fall. What exactly happened, neither my wife nor I are completely sure. What we do know is that regardless of … Continue reading The Wings of Angels
I fear the older we get, the greater we risk growing indifferent, if not callous, to the marvels of the world around us. With the constant barrage of political news, the addiction to social media, and our hectic Western lifestyle, we Americans are easily distracted. And, as often happens, we lose our sense of awe of … Continue reading Reclaiming the Wonder
Words matter. Words have power. The saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” may fend off the verbal assaults of childhood bullies, but the fact remains, words can hurt. Deeply. Broken bones heal, while the emotional wounds of spiteful words may linger for a lifetime. Yet, words can … Continue reading The Eight Most Overlooked, Under-Appreciated, and Often Ignored Words in the Bible