The Giving Tree

This is one of my favorite poems. I offer it as a gift to my readers, a reminder of what is truly important and apologies to it’s author Shel Silverstein. Once there was… Continue reading


There is four inches of snow and a strong cold wind today. Nature has an icy grip this Sunday morning and both church services have been canceled. Instead of scurrying from church to… Continue reading

Sad Times

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25 (NIV) While flipping through the channels the other night I paused on the Jimmy Kimmel show.… Continue reading

Describing God

The Nature of God I was once asked to describe orange to a blind person. The words warm, bright, vibrant and sweet came to mind. I am not sure if my description conveyed… Continue reading

Broken or Given

I am not able to attend many church services since I am usually conducting one myself on Sunday mornings. Occasionally I do participate in a communion service at a large member church. They… Continue reading

Tempus fugit (Time flies)

  In “The Glass Menagerie”, playwright Tennessee Williams wrote, “Time is the longest distance between two places.” Yet the whimsical prose of Dr. Seuss expresses most people’s experience with time, “How did it… Continue reading

Family Table

It has been a long time since our daughter was involved in the myriad of activities that embraces a young person’s life: school plays, church programs, music recitals, sports, sleepovers, camping trips, piano… Continue reading


I write this article with a vague feeling of trepidation. We are once again celebrating Advent, a season which reminds us of God’s universal love and boundless grace, demonstrated by the birth of… Continue reading

The Clenched Fist

At the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem, the American Gold and Bronze Medal winners in the 200 meter event, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised… Continue reading

Evangelism: The lifeblood of a Church

Preconditions for an Evangelical Congregation: What basic preconditional elements do all churches, large or small, poor or affluent, urban or rural, progressive or fundamental, need in order to engage in effective evangelism? In… Continue reading