Hey, Don’t Blame Me!

Someone once said that if you see a guy smiling calmly in the midst of a disaster he created, it’s because he’s already figured out who else he can blame it on. If that’s the case, my older brother must have had a happy childhood because his skill at using me to deflect blame would have made liberal politicians and some media people envious. He always seemed to find some way to make it look like I was the culprit–like that time he used my Continue reading

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“Church” ~ By Any Other Name . . .

Shakespeare’s Juliet declared to Romeo that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” indicating that it was not his name that granted him the qualities that she loved. True as that may have been for her, names do tend to have influence over expectations, and that trend didn’t die with Shakespeare. Names are often designed to foster preconceived notions regarding the qualities inherent in the item bearing them, and they can be quite helpful that way, but not always. For instance, if one were to try to figure out what “church” is all about these days simply by perusing a list of the names of institutions claiming to be one, it would be hard not to come away incredibly confused. There is every kind of Continue reading

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What’s Your Superpower? ~ Guest Post by Beckie Lindsey

Guest Post Intro ~ Sometimes interruptions are good things, even when they’re a bit painful. God granted me one of those this week. Both of my hip joints were replaced years ago, and apparently, the devices that were installed are creating problems. The metal in my blood from the titanium devices has reached toxic levels and Continue reading

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“Loss Prevention” ~ A Divine Approach

The shock on her face was unmistakable. It was a silent proclamation that the panic button had already been pushed and our relaxing Sunday afternoon had just come to a screeching halt. Actual words soon joined forces with the look and the situation gained clarity. “My credit card’s gone,” she said. “I looked everywhere and can’t find it.”

The case of the missing plastic money immediately overshadowed everything and assumed undisputed sovereignty over our priority list. Finding it was the sole objective toward which all available resources were directed. The process was challenging, but we had experienced it before, because strange things sometimes happen in our house. Keys have somehow crawled off on their own to hide in places we would never have intentionally put them. Tax documents have been known to elope with one another in an attempt to Continue reading

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It’s Time to Apply Good “Judgment”

Passing judgment on the judgment of judges is easy–much more enjoyable than being judged by others in response to judgments we made ourselves. Judges always get judged for their judgments, even in cases where the repercussions are minor. I ran into that little piece of truth during an unscheduled stopover in a small, isolated community in Alaska.

In certain regions of that huge, wonderful state, the climate tends to exhibit rapid and unannounced mood swings, irrespective of your carefully constructed travel itinerary. On those occasions, you may find your little bush plane touching down in a place you never intended to visit and where you will remain on “weathered out” status until it’s safe to resume your trip. Descending out of the murky clouds toward that narrow little dirt runway was not in our plan, but it wasn’t Continue reading

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Corruption ~ Freedom’s Terminal Prognosis

It’s that red-white-and-blue Independence Day time again, time to unpack the beach wear, fire up the barbeque, and get ready for the annual parade of pyrotechnic creativity. It’s also a time when we should pull our minds away from the happy hecticity long enough to engage in some deep personal reflection about what a gift freedom has been for every one of us. The rights and privileges that we’ve inherited with the incredible legacy of liberty were handed to us by the grace of God and the blood of others, and they deserve more than brief, superficial acknowledgement. The principles undergirding our freedom and the price paid to establish them deserve our profound appreciation, and they deserve an unshakable personal commitment to their preservation. Those early patriots may not have Continue reading

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