Thanksgiving and Praise Day

When President Lincoln established the national holiday of thanksgiving in 1863, he originally called it, “A day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” We’ve understandably shortened the name since then, but it is worth remembering that there is an object of our thanks-giving. Seventy four years earlier, when […]

500 Years

I had to skip over the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses publication last week for an urgent message about Georgia football… In the 16th century Christianity was in trouble. The Roman Catholic Church refused to let the Bible be translated into the common tongues of the people, preached that good works would lead […]

Count The Cost

I’m working on building a picnic table and benches for our patio, hopefully in time for some summer cookouts this year. I cobbled together ideas from the internet, put together a design, and picked out the wood. The more I get into it, the more I realize how much work is involved. Measuring, cutting, sanding, […]

Real Grass

In 2017, the city with the world’s busiest airport finally has a professional team playing the world’s favorite sport. Atlanta United has started off their inaugural season with an impressive 2-1 record and a conference-leading 11 goals. And as soon as you get near the stadium you can smell it. Real grass. Freshly cut, precisely […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you all had the opportunity to smile, laugh, and over-eat with friends and family this weekend. I’ll wrap up Christmas with this message from President Reagan’s first Christmas Address in 1981: On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with prayer, feasting, and great merriment. But, most […]

Rest

Born in Nepal in the 6th century B.C., Gautama Buddha’s life marks the beginning of Buddhism. His Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path are followed by 500 million Buddhists around the world today. As he was approaching the end of his life in 543 B.C., he gathered over 400 monks to share his last sermon. […]

Reformation

In the 16th century Christianity was in trouble. The Roman Catholic Church refused to let the Bible be translated into the common tongues of the people, preached that good works would lead to eternal life, and sold indulgences to forgive sins in record numbers. On this day in 1517 it would all change. Enter Martin […]

Anti-Gospel Leadership

“Obsession with leadership is anti-gospel. ‘The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ Unless ‘leadership’ means washing feet and dying for our followers, it’s just the language of the kingdoms of the world.” I saw this comment online recently in response […]

Microwave Faith

What do sweet potatoes, eggs, and cake all have in common? They all come up when you Google “microwave” – try it! Call me old-fashioned but some things just don’t belong in the microwave… We use the microwave to speed up anything we’re tired of waiting for. Popcorn for a movie, water for hot chocolate, […]

While Shepherds Watch Are Keeping

Think it was a coincidence that the first people on earth to hear the news of Jesus’ birth were shepherds? Sure, it would have been a bit odd for a host of angels to burst into the local blacksmith’s house, but I think God wanted to reveal this news specifically to shepherds first. The life […]