A Christmas Chalk Drawing

Since today is the day after Christmas, I thought I’d do something a little different for today’s blog post. For almost 35 years, I’ve been a performance chalk artist. The video below is from a program I did this past Sunday, at Fellowship Bible Church in Greenville, Texas. The title of the drawing is “A [Read More...]

How to Talk to Children about Tragedy

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Just about a week ago, our nation experienced another unspeakable tragedy when a disturbed young man entered an elementary school and gunned down 26 people–most of them small children. These horrific events test us in many ways, but perhaps the most difficult is when we try to explain to our children something even we can’t [Read More...]

Apocalypse–again?

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Well, the world is ending—again. Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last five years or so, you already know that the world is scheduled to come to an end on December 21st. This is because the Mayan calendar comes to an end, which of course means the world must be ending as [Read More...]

Is Prosperity a Curse?

The curse of prosperity?

Jesus said that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Why is that? Jesus’ statement shocked his disciples. Back in those days, most people assumed that the wealthy had an inside track into God’s presence. After all, prosperity [Read More...]

A Post-Thanksgiving Meditation

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The story haunts me. A rich young man runs up to Jesus and breathlessly asks, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus doesn’t whip out a parchment with the ancient Aramaic version of “The Four Spiritual Laws.” Nor does he give the man a detailed theological presentation of the Gospel. Instead, [Read More...]

Happy Turkey Day — Not!

Turkey day

Is it just me, or are we seeing less and less “thanks” on Thanksgiving? It seems that with every passing year the fourth  Thursday in November has less to do with thankfulness and more to do with consumerism. That trend is most dramatically illustrated in the morphing of the holiday name from “Thanksgiving” into “Turkey [Read More...]

A Pilgrim or Exile: Never at Home

A pilgrim or exile is never at home

Do you know what it feels like to be an exile? It was the summer of 1975. I was nineteen years old and I had signed on to a program called Practical Missionary Training (PMT). Co-sponsored by CAM International and Wycliffe Bible Translators, PMT was an eight-week missionary life “sampler” for people who wanted to [Read More...]

Are You a Pilgrim?

What comes to mind when you hear the word pilgrim? In America most of us probably form a mental picture of the people who celebrated the first Thanksgiving, dressed in their austere black clothing, complete with funny hats. For some, the word might bring to mind John Bunyan’s allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress. Others may think about [Read More...]


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