Choosing the Right Hill

Americans sure do love to fight, don’t we? I know . . . not ALL Americans, but a lot of us do love to argue and make our opinions known. With the advent of the internet and social media and, yes, blogs (the irony), we have many, many forums upon which to inflict our viewsContinue reading “Choosing the Right Hill”

Check the Fruit

Do you ever watch people try to pick fruit at the grocery store or the farmer’s market? They will squeeze and sniff and turn the fruit over and over looking for the slightest imperfections. Or maybe they will thump the rind in order to divine the freshest melon. People are so very picky about theContinue reading “Check the Fruit”

Are You Chicken About Discipling Others?

As I am reading through the devotional, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day, I came across this story from the book Song of the Bird by Tony de Mello: A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grewContinue reading “Are You Chicken About Discipling Others?”

Know Thyself

Let’s just say it. The world has gone nuts. Maybe it was always this nuts, but with a camera in everyone’s hands, we have the ability the view just how nuts things truly are. It is quite embarrassing how many public freakouts and confrontations are taking place all over the United States and the restContinue reading “Know Thyself”

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

In Matthew 16, Jesus challenges His disciples with the question, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter’s answer is recorded in verse 16, ““You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” In John 20:28, we find the confession of Thomas, another disciple. After seeing the resurrected Jesus with the scars from the crucifixion, Thomas believedContinue reading “Who Do You Say Jesus Is?”

Self-Compassion

One of the hardest lessons I have learned about mindfulness meditation is the need for self-compassion and self-kindness. Maybe I am alone in this particular form of craziness, but the first time I read those words, I cringed. Why? Because I know that I am a sinful human being. I have a history of addiction.Continue reading “Self-Compassion”

What About Whataboutism?

20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that heContinue reading “What About Whataboutism?”

Gold and Silver, Black and White

A few weeks back, lead pastor of Greencastle Christian Church, John Tischer, preached a sermon in which he mentioned the golden rule. You have probably heard it before, even if you were unaware of its origin. It comes from Jesus and is considered one of the basic tenets of Christian ethics. So whatever you wish thatContinue reading “Gold and Silver, Black and White”

Sitting at the Feet of Jesus

Growing up, one of my wife’s favorite board games was Payday. Awhile back, she found a copy of this game and asked the boy and me to play it. Basically, you go through three months of paying bills while trying to get enough income to have something left over at the end of the game.Continue reading “Sitting at the Feet of Jesus”