Tag «grace»

True Confessions of a Church

Have you heard about the preacher who packed up his family and belongings and moved so that he could preach for a perfect congregation? Neither have I! Sometimes, I think Christians, and especially preachers, forget that there are no perfect churches, and when that imperfection manifests itself, we act surprised and are left reeling. But …

Share Button

Twice Owned

One of the pleasant memories my wife has of her childhood is when she and her father would perform a duet together. Kim would play the piano and her father would play the fiddle. Their duets brought them a lot of joy and family fun. However, Kim’s dad suffered from the crippling effects of rheumatoid …

Share Button

Hopeless? Not So Fast

Earlier this year, Harrison Okene unexpectedly found himself in a hopeless situation.  He found himself on the bottom of the ocean, in a small air-pocket in his overturned tugboat.  Harrison was in total darkness, disoriented, all alone, and dressed only in boxer shorts in freezing temperatures.  For 60 hours, he fumbled in total darkness, trembled …

Share Button

Incognito Isn’t Anymore

Richie Incognito, an offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, isn’t “incognito” anymore.  Rather he’s been the lead story in sporting news for the past week.  Incognito was thrust into the national spotlight because of accusations his fellow teammate, Jonathan Martin, leveled against him for bullying. A message left on Martin’s voice mail seems to verify …

Share Button

Graceless Preaching

Not long ago, I read a book written by a brother who set out to describe the preaching that took place 60 to 70 years ago.  Here is what he said: “The sermons just seemed so harsh and graceless…If you were going to preach in the 1940’s and 50’s in the Churches of Christ, you …

Share Button