Storms

Although we are not likely to be greatly impacted by the tropical storm in the gulf, it does remind me that hurricane season is here. I have spent so much of my life in Florida and Southeast Texas that I have grown accustomed to this season, and if I am honest, maybe even a little […]

Water, Part 1

Bobby Bouchet (boo-shay) is the awkwardly shy water-boy for the local college football team. Since he is a 31-year-old, technically he is the awkwardly shy water-man for the local college football team. According to Bobby, the water he shares with the team wasn’t ordinary everyday water; it is “high quality H2O.” High Quality H2O is […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day began after the Civil War as an effort toward reconciliation between the families of veterans in the North and the South. After the war, there was already a tradition in the North of decorating soldiers’ graves, called “Decoration Day.” In 1868 an organization of Northern war veterans decreed it ought to be a […]

Which Table?

When I was growing up, sitting around the dining room table and eating meals together was not open for discussion. It is what we did—period, no questions asked. The only excuses to miss a meal during the week were work, baseball games or some sort of school activity. The dining room table was the place […]

Confirmation

I am looking forward to this Sunday’s 10:30 worship service. It is one of those Sundays that helps make all the administrative stuff I do as a pastor worthwhile. You see, this Sunday we will have the honor of affirming 14 young people as they make their public profession to follow Jesus. In addition to […]

Facade

When elderly Adele Gaboury turned up missing four years ago, concerned neighbors in Worcester, Massachusetts, informed the police. A brother told police she had gone into a nursing home. Satisfied with that information, Ms. Gaboury’s neighbors began watching her property. Michael Crowley noticed her mail, delivered through a slot in the door, piling high. When […]

Emmaus

April 12, 2007: A 39-year-old man stationed himself next to a trash bin at the L’Enfant Plaza subway station in Washington, D.C. He had on a sweatshirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. He was a busker—a street entertainer familiar to those who frequent public transportation. He opened a violin case and seeded it with […]