What about all these pagan influences?

It seems with every Christmas season there are questions about what and how Christians should celebrate the Holidays. I think about these kinds of questions often in relation to how we generally respond to culture. Perhaps these are some thoughts that you may find helpful. It is important I think, not to become overly concerned … Continue reading What about all these pagan influences?

Remembering Coach Austin and every teacher who tries…

Wisdom comes to us by way of an unknown author who muses, “What a teacher writes on the blackboard of a life can never be erased.” This is certainly true for my life as I recall the continuing impact of many teachers, among them my Junior High P.E. Coach Jerry Austin. Remembering his influence has … Continue reading Remembering Coach Austin and every teacher who tries…

The longing of a lonely lament.

In 1949 the legendary singer and songwriter Hank Williams recorded these infamous words as a way of dealing with the torment of love and loss; Hear that lonesome whippoorwillHe sounds too blue to flyThe midnight train is whining lowI'm so lonesome I could cryI've never seen a night so longWhen time goes crawling byThe moon … Continue reading The longing of a lonely lament.

When you’re disappointed at Christmas…

Author Eliza Tabor once said, “Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” For many the Holiday season is a time of intense disappointment, from the trivial, such as not receiving the gift you had asked for on Christmas morning, to the more … Continue reading When you’re disappointed at Christmas…