The Poor Will Be With You Always: A Lenten Reflection

I kept hearing the words of Jesus. “The poor will be with you always.”

What a drag. Because, if you know any poor people, you’ll know that they are annoying. They lie – to you and to themselves. They keep making the same stupid mistakes over and over again. Like buying cigarettes instead of medicine. Or watching season three of The Good Wife instead of getting her taxes done.

Oh wait, that’s me. [Read more…]

Easter Celebrations and Amusement Parks: Disappointing

On Easter, we’ll put on fancy clothes and head off to church. We’ll enjoy the music and the friends. We’ll enjoy hearing the resurrection story. On the way home, though, we’ll wonder if the celebration lived up to all the hype. We’ll be left asking ourselves, “Was that it?” The answer, gratefully, is No. [Read more…]

Do It Anyway

Over the years, we’ve struggled to make family devotions a regular part of our life.  So many things got in our way.  First and foremost was the fact that our family has children in it. Children who drove me crazy whenever we sat down to read the Bible or pray.  They would burp their answers [Read More…]