Category Archives: Spiritual Life

Love Has It’s Reasons

Did you ever watch a movie that is clearly not worth the time you spent with it? In our family, those movies are on “The List!” It is a dubious dishonor to be on “The List.” Among the titles on “The List” (cause I know you’re curious) Fargo, Road to Perdition, The Good Girl, Lord of War, Marie Antoinette and… (more…)

Jonathan – Part 2

300 is a movie about the ancient Battle of Thermopylae. Around 480 years B.C. Xerxes was trying to take over the world for his own glory and that of Persia. He had an army, estimates vary, but it was between 250,000 and 1.5 million. This awesome force intended to take Greece as it had all other nations. However, they did… (more…)

Many Sparrows

This week a new show premiered on TNT called, Saving Grace. It stars Holly hunter as Grace – an immoral, hard working and hard drinking detective in Oklahoma City. Grace seems to have a good heart but life has been hard on her, so she runs to men and alcohol for comfort. God places her in a crisis and in… (more…)

Take them Into Account

I rarely disagree with people who are deeper and wiser than I am. I certainly consider Oswald Chambers to be both. However, I read the following quote and I had to disagree.  Your priorities must be God first, God second, and God third, until your life is continually face to face with God and no one else is taken into… (more…)

Don’t Count This One

Every now and then, I have these scenes that re-play in my mind from various events in my life where I said something that was completely wrong. These words built barriers, caused trouble, hindered teaching, and washed out influence. But more than all those things, my careless words often hurt people that I love.  Beyond being careless, sometimes my words… (more…)

Stealing Second

I always enjoy a baseball game. We watch the sad Rangers once in a while at home and wonder why they’re so bad. We cheered for the Cards last fall of course. I believe the Yankees are the Philistines of baseball and to watch them lose is always a treat… however, they, like Philistines, never seem to go away. When… (more…)

The Exile Continues

Last November, I went on a self-imposed exile from the News, Talk Radio and News television programs that involve people screaming at one another. I thought it would last for 30 days. My family said I would never make it – I was too “hooked”. It’s now been seven months.  I’ve focused on music and good reading material. Through this,… (more…)

Pieta’

Pieta’  I’m reading a book by Ken Gire called, The Work of His Hands. The subtitle is, The Agony and Ecstasy of Being Conformed to the Image of Christ. It’s a compelling idea. The agony is the process. The ecstasy is those thrilling moments when we find that we’ve actually done what Jesus would do. Becoming like Jesus is an… (more…)

Where is Kevin Arnold?

Last week, Brittany and I were watching TV and caught an episode of The Wonder Years I had not seen before. It was the one about choosing teams for basketball.  In that horrible way that we all experienced, the coach selected certain boys to be captains and they took turns choosing the players they wanted on their teams. Of course… (more…)

Taking It Back

Many years ago, a co-worker who I had been trying to teach and share the gospel with, called me late in the evening and asked if I would “help” him do something. Although he sounded vague on the phone, I went over to his house to “help”. When I arrived, he took me into his house and opened a closet… (more…)