Growing up, my dad enjoyed listening to John Denver records, especially his classic Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971), which included major hits like “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. After my father passed away, I inherited many of his old vinyl records, including his John Denver collection. At first I listened to […]Read more "‘Poems, Prayers & Promises’ and Longings"
My senior year of high school I took part in a dodge ball tournement during Spirit Week. As I ran around the gym floor dodging hard-thrown orbs, I smiled at the exhilaration and thought, “You know, this is like warfare for high schoolers.” Think about it, you release all your aggression, you can lay the […]Read more "Peaceful Warfare"
This week on the blog I have a double-surprise for you! First up is a little message I gave at a nursing home recently that I’d like to share with you. It’s much shorter than the last one so it might fit into your schedule easier. It’s based on Mark 2:1-12. Check it out: But […]Read more "A Sermon and A Song"
Ask a sensible older person about the state of today’s children, and they would probably groan, roll their eyes, and bemoan how the current youth is wasted in selfish indulgence and expectation. One might argue that kids have always acted thus, but I think it’s fair to say that the attitude is getting worse, not […]Read more "Growing Up with “Captains Courageous”"
I’ve been thinking lately about the love of God. I spent some months slowly studying through Ephesians in the Bible and Paul brings up God’s love for His people over and over again. This formed a question in my mind: I know God loves me, but do I feel like God loves me? In other words, is my […]Read more "Learning How to Love with “The Four Loves”"
I have something a little different for you today. A couple weeks ago I was asked to do teaching for my church while the pastor was away. I tackled Philippians 4:4-7 and talked about joy. Feel free to listen in and see what you think! I hope it is enlightening and challenging for you. Bumper […]Read more "Sermon: Well-Spring of Joy"
There’s been an awakening in the jungle…can you feel it? This weekend, a new movie called The Legend of Tarzan was released to theaters, bringing the vine swinging hero of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ imagination back into the public conscience. Before I was even aware of the movie, I bought a collection of Tarzan short stories called The […]Read more "Becoming Human with Tarzan"