I am watching almost 1000 years of history go up in smoke.” That’s how one distressed reporter described the scene yesterday as she watched a fire tear through the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. I’ve never visited the cathedral, but I too had a visceral reaction to the sight of flames engulfing the massive gothic structure. I’ve replayed the video of its majestic spire collapsing through a hole in the roof several times now, each time wanting to disbelieve it. It doesn’t seem like this should be able to happen….Read More
This year my parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Apparently, that many years of marital bliss can cause you take temporary leave of your sanity, because to mark the occasion they decided to take the entire family to Disney World. Yes, we just returned from a long weekend of standing in very long lines, usually for the privilege of standing in another line…Read More
Lent is the period of 40 days that leads up to Holy Week. Admittedly, we Baptists have tended to not pay much attention to the liturgical calendar, but there is some wisdom to be gained in listening to what the broader Christian family has to tell us during this season.
When you experience something moving or meaningful, your first instinct is usually to find someone with whom to share it. If, for example, you encounter a beautiful sunset, you almost can’t help but run back inside the house to call for your spouse to come out and join you. Somehow the experience means more to you if you can bring someone else into it…Read More
In a recent sermon, Pastor Chris said one of the reasons the disciples' witness was to begin in Jerusalem was because, “Jerusalem is where they were standing when Jesus gave them these instructions. Their call to be a witness was to begin right where they were.Read More
Today is Ash Wednesday. It is a tradition that we low church Baptists have tended to ignore, but regardless of whether we attend a formal Ash Wednesday service or not, there is great wisdom and truth in what this day represents to the greater Christian family...Read More