Gossip

Preachers talk about how they assess their own sermons. We have almost unanimously agreed that we are rarely accurate at assessing the effectiveness of our own sermons. When we think we have “hit a home run” there are no comments. When we feel like we “struck out”—that is how you feel sometimes— we get more…

A Tower in Shinar

The first eleven chapters of Genesis function as a prologue to the entire book. The first two chapters tell the story of Creation and the third chapter of the Fall.  Before we get to the story of Abraham (chap 12), there are three cataclysmic judgments of God against mankind. The first judgment is at the…

The Problem of Pain

In the Preface to C.S. Lewis’ book, The Problem of Pain, he writes: …the purpose of the book is to solve the intellectual problem raised by suffering; for the far higher task of teaching fortitude and patience I was never fool enough to suppose myself qualified, nor have I anything to offer my readers except…

Men’s Days Past

The official count was 223. The speakers came prepared. The song leaders could not have done a better job. We enjoyed readings from Scripture and a good breakfast. The singing, well, you had to be there. I could not sing the last verse of our last song for the lump in my throat. Here are…

All the Bible, All the Time

My wife has read books on nutrition and health for years. She has read some books multiple times. At least two sources argue the case that extracting a particular mineral or vitamin from a natural source to provide it in a concentrated form, is not necessarily the best way to ingest those minerals or vitamins….