Why?

Why? Why did this happen? Why, when riding my bicycle on a warm day in May in 2010, did I injure myself? Why am I paralyzed from the shoulders down? Why? This is a question which I have consciously refused to ask myself. I don’t think about it for at least two reasons. First, IRead more

What’s the big deal? What’s wrong with picking up sticks…?

There’s a story tucked away in the heart of the writings of Moses, which describes a man gathering sticks in the wilderness. He is apprehended and eventually condemned for his actions – stoned by the entire community. What’s the big deal? Why was this man really treated so harshly? On the face of it, doesn’tRead more

Confused… Refocus… Great Optimism…

Like many Americans, I watched the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America yesterday. Although many of the people I know heralded it as a great triumph, others viewed it as “the worst or saddest day in their lives.” Nevertheless, with great interest Judy and I watched the so-called “peaceful transferRead more

The last three years have been painful…

“The last three years have been painful – physically and emotionally…” begins an email from a close friend who was suffering from work-related injuries dating back to the year 2000. These injuries have not only affected my friend (“It’s been a long battle and is getting tougher.”), his dire circumstances have also taxed his dearRead more

How to have a happy new year

The conclusion of 2016 has been delightful for me. A beautiful Christmas eve service focused our family on the birthday of our Savior. Christmas Day worship added to the “usual” yet extraordinary and traditional expectations of Christmas Day with family, friends and especially grandchildren. Judy and I were blessed to have the entire family minusRead more

Merry Christmas! Or should I say happy holiday?

“Merry Christmas!” Or should I say… “Happy holiday!”? Does it make any difference which terms I use? Recently, the doctrines of political correctness have militated against the use of the words Merry Christmas. Many people have taken offense at this, strongly suggesting, even insisting upon the greeting, “Merry Christmas” as an expression of orthodoxy. OnRead more

Christmas Ads and Advent

My grandchildren enter my room: “Good Morning Pop-Pop!” “Good morning kids. How are you this morning?” Silence – my grandchildren have already been “sucked into” whatever advertisement is on TV. This is what advertisements are designed to do – to advertise – “to draw attention to a product, service or event in a public mediumRead more

Who were the Psalmsinging puke-stockings? What was the “general sickness?” Is there an historic connection between beer and Thanksgiving?

The Story Of the First Thanksgiving Our Pilgrim ancestors were Englishman and women who had fled from religious persecution to the Netherlands.  In Holland, they were treated as second-class citizens and were not able to provide for their families or enjoy the freedom to worship as they had wished for so long.  From a groupRead more

I think I’m supposed to be happy…   And I am!

I woke up this morning thinking, “Oh, this is the day after the elections. The final returns must be in.” When I turned out the light on the previous night, Mr. Trump was winning and had all but won the presidency. When you back a winner usually you are happy. But I was not. IRead more

What a day!

Saturday started out like many other Saturdays. This time, in the Lord’s Providence, we had an aide to help assist me with my morning routine. She did an admirably good job for the first time; we were pleased. Next, I had my daily “quiet time.” I focus my attention upon the Bible, God’s word. ThenRead more