April 24, 2020

Too Late For Another Denomination?

My wife Jerry and I are self-quarantined. We “go out” only to take walks in a wooded, lake area on the grounds of our life-care retirement village. I’m seeking to keep a patient heart in these coronavirus days. Those who know me, espec...

February 1, 2019

In times like these, when a special General Conference within a few weeks will determine the future of my beloved United Methodist Church, I’m spending a lot of time remembering, hoping, and praying. I’ve been a minister in this church all the years it has existed as T...

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May 5, 2020

CURE FOR SIN

            Sin is not a fashionable word nowadays.  More than 20 years ago Dr. Karl Menninger wrote his important book, Whatever Became of Sin?  The word is still not politically correct.  On television and in the movies you will hear every crudity and profanity ever uttered but you will not likely hear the word “sin” used seriously.  Yet, the Bible says that sin is the fundamental problem of the human race....

May 4, 2020

ERROR-PROOF INTERPRETATIONS

            I heard about a husband who told his wife that housework was woman’s work and that he would not do it unless she could find a Bible verse that commended such work to a man.  The wife prayed and began searching through her Bible.  Before long she came to him with a smile on her face and her Bible open to II Kings 21:13:  “God says,  ‘I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipes a dish, wiping it,...

May 1, 2020

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS CHILD?

            About once a month I receive a postcard addressed simply to “occupant.”  It has a picture of a lost child on the front.  The message on the back asks anyone with information about the child to call the authorities.

            Usually I say a silent prayer for the child and his or her parents.  For an agonizing moment I think of the...

April 30, 2020

CHRIST FORGETS

            In a recent book, Ron Lee Davis tells the true story of a priest in the Philippines, a much-loved man of God who carried the burden of an old secret sin.  He had repented but still had no peace about it.  In his parish was a woman who loved God deeply and who claimed to have visions in which she spoke with Christ.  The priest, however, was skeptical.  To test her he said, “The next time you speak with...

April 29, 2020

THANKS

            When Mark Twain was at the peak of his writing career, his magazine articles were reported to sell for $5 a word, a great sum of money in those days.  One enterprising Harvard graduate student sent Mark Twain this letter:  “Dear Mr. Twain: enclosed find $5.  Please send me your best word.”

            A few days later, the student received a tele...

April 28, 2020

       In a sermon I related a story about the great Albert Schweitzer and how he loved to play Bach on the organ.  Even while Schweitzer was serving as a surgeon in the steamy jungles of Africa, he loved music.

       One evening, as one of his nurses was preparing to leave Lamborine, he stood at the gangplank preparing to bid her good-bye.  As he took her hand he said, “Before you go, I want to r...

April 27, 2020

    One day President Abraham Lincoln was visited by two women who were relatives of General Lou Wallace.  They came to inquire about their relative.  He had been involved in a vicious battle and they wanted to make sure he had survived.  After learning that he had survived they were absolutely jubilant. There had been a casualty named Wallace in the battle, but they were thankful that it was not “our Wallace.”  Lincoln replie...

April 24, 2020

Communication statistics tell us that in trying to get our point across in communicating with people, only 7 percent of what’s heard depends on the actual words we use.  Another 38 percent of what gets our point across is based on the way we say what we say.  Then 55 percent of our effectiveness in communicating depends on whether the person trusts us or not.

      It’s the same in communicating and reaching others for Chr...

April 23, 2020

      A registered nurse has written, “During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz.  I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: ‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans our school?’  Surely this was some kind of joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times.  She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?...

April 22, 2020

    In 1518 Herman Cortes outfitted some ships in Cuba to explore the coast of Mexico.  After landing, he ordered his men to have all sails and metal fittings and cannon removed from the ships.  Then he ordered the ships burned so that there could be no retreat.  It must have been a terrible sight—standing there on a hostile beach facing a mysterious continent, and then watching one’s ships burn, thinking that they might never...

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