Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Christmas “To Do” List

We have twenty-five days until Christmas, people.  Twenty-five!  Man, is there a lot to do. First off, there’s shopping.  This used to be a Christmas-Eve-at-the-mall affair for me, but no more.  With children and in-laws and in-laws with children, Christmas shopping means making a list, checking it twice for budgetary possibility, and then dividing up […]

Are We There Yet?

Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36 Did you know that kids actually ask, “Are we there yet?” That’s not just something that happens in movies and on TV.  It’s a real thing, and I know this because of our recent Thanksgiving road trip to Georgia.  We were twenty miles out of town when I heard it […]

Light and Oil

Leviticus 24:1-4 The first pastor I remember stayed at my home church for a very un-Methodist sixteen years.  When the time finally came for him to leave, naturally the new guy had a tough time filling a pair of shoes that had been worn by one person for so long.  For the most part, I […]


Ruth 4 What’s your name? Do you have a nickname? We get called a lot of things.  Most of the time we might be called by our name; but other times, we’re called something else, something like a nickname, something that may or may not be complimentary. The star character of the book of Ruth […]


Ruth 1 Moab is not where you want to go. Not if you’re an Israelite, that is.  In Genesis 19 we’re told that the genealogy of the Moabites starts with Lot and his daughter having a son.  You heard that right:  incest between dad and daughter.  Not something anyone would brag about in their family […]

Blurred Vision

Isaiah 25:6-9 When I was nine years old I had terrible headaches. They were bad enough to send me to the nurses’ room to rest. I remember doing this enough times that it became routine – as though my new life would be to spend the afternoon hours laying on a cot in some quiet […]