Show Me!

For as long as I can remember I knew that Missouri is “The Show Me State”, I even know the story behind the nickname (or at least the story that is the most popular). Much of the credit for popularizing the term, however, goes to Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver of Cape Girardeau County. Mr. Vandiver […]

Pentecost 2019

Pentecost was originally a Jewish feast that concluded the 50 days of Passover. It celebrated the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. Today it is when the Jewish people celebrate the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai.  This Sunday, we will celebrate Pentecost. And while we […]

Memorial Day

Greetings! One of the greatest speeches ever given is also one of greatest tributes to American soldiers. It is a speech given at Gettysburg by President Lincoln before Memorial Day was recognized as an official holiday. In November 1863, while the Civil War was still in full force, Lincoln stood at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery […]

Going Barefoot

Going Barefoot (Exodus 1:1-2:10) Take off your shoes. No, I really mean it. Right now. Stop what you’re doing. Put down your phone, turn away from your computer screen. Now, loosen your laces, step out of your shoes, and free your feet from wherever they are currently confined. Shoes off? Ok, now keep reading. Take […]

Radical Presence

  I don’t know if Stephen Prothero is correct or not, but if he is, then I imagine that most people don’t know the story of Moses. Prothero is a professor of religion at Boston University and has written about religious literacy in America. In his book, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, […]

We Say Farewell

About this time some sixteen years ago, I sat in the parking lot in Nacogdoches, Texas. I had traveled through the city many times but rarely had stopped to do anything more than make a pit stop. I had driven about four hours to meet with the pastor of a church that I’d never met […]

Resurrection 2019

Like millions of others this past Sunday, I was captivated by The Masters golf tournament. To be honest, I almost always watch The Masters, but this year, I watched with a different level of interest and intensity. And the reason was simple: Tiger was on the leaderboard. His victory is probably one of the biggest […]