The Sears Effect

For the past number of years now, I’ve been tracking through the media the decline of the once largest retailer in the United States, Sears. For generations, the name “Sears” meant quality merchandise and service. I can remember as a boy in the sixties how we anticipated the arrival of the Sears Christmas catalog.  As …

Who’s on First?

The title of the news article caught my attention: “Put yourself first, then give others your time.”  It was found in the Dear Amy advice column that runs daily in the Detroit News.  I often read these columns because they give me a window into the world’s thinking on any number of issues from child …

Counsel from the Lord

Joshua chapter nine stands as an instructive cautionary tale for any of God’s people who determine their lives without counsel from the Lord.  Here is the context: The Israelites have come into the Promised land and defeated the walled city of Jericho and the smaller city of Ai. God through Moses had ordered Israel to …