Seasoned with Salt

When I was in High School, we started football practice in the middle of August. It was hot and humid.  I’m certain that the normal weather for August we had back in the early 1970s is a different pattern than we have now.  Back then, it seemed like we had much hotter and more humid …

The Window of the Soul

Words!  Words are wonderful things.  I’m interested in words for a number of reasons not the least of which is that in a way, I make my living in words.  Every week I put together a sermon made up of on average 4, 200 words, 24 thousand keystrokes, 160 paragraphs, and 447 lines.  Now you …

Snap, Crackle, Pop

Snap, Crackle and Pop are the cartoon mascots of Rice Krispies, a brand of breakfast cereal marketed by famous cereal maker,  Kellogg. When I was a boy, and for many years before that up to the present, Kellogg has used Snap, Crackle, and Pop as advertising mascots for the beloved cereal for decades.  Who among us has not had the experience of the distinctive noise …

Signs of Life

The term “signs of life” means different things to different groups of people. To an astrophysicist, it means the possibility of life on another planet.  To a sports team beginning to rise up and make a comeback, it means there is a renewed effort of effectiveness just recently. To a financial agent, those words might …

Formidophobia

Certain aspects of culture develop over time and find their way into the collective consciousness of a given people. For instance, it seems that in the last several decades, clowns have become more of a symbol of terror than of tee-heeing.  Clowns once were universally depicted and accepted as those harmless and funny characters that …

No Right Answer Left

We have come to the point in our society, where many times now, circumstances from personal decisions, behavior, technology, and ideologies render certain situations with no “right answer left”. I recall visiting with a couple back in the early 90’s when I pastored at Lakes Baptist. They had been cohabiting without benefit of marriage and …

I’ll Fly Away

There is an old gospel song named “I’ll Fly Away” recorded and made famous by (among others) Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis (who, interestingly enough, is the cousin of TV Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart both of whom, it might be said, went into the entertainment business!).  The lyrics (written by Alison Krauss) go like this: …