HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD! This One’s For You!

My father Roy “Bud” Davis, had he not succumbed to cancer in his early 40s, would be 84 years old today.Dad was a man of faith and high moral principles.  He was a quiet man, even stoic—but Dad was not afraid to challenge someone who skidded across his clear line of acceptable behavior.  For example, he could not abide a man who would use the Lord’s name in vain.  Dad belonged to the Holy Name Society—and when he occasionally heard someone, even a stranger, speak the name of the Son of God in … [Read more...]

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WHAT DO YOU TELL YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE EASTER BUNNY?

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, on which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Stop and think about this.  No, really!  Read it twice.  Think about it.It sounds pretty important, doesn’t it?I bring this up because a poll published by The Barna Group in March 2010 shows that when asked what Easter is about, only 37% of … [Read more...]

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A GOD OF SECOND CHANCES: Lazarus, Come Forth! (Me, Too!)

In John’s Gospel this weekend, we hear the familiar story of Lazarus of Bethany, brother of Mary and Martha. Lazarus was a good friend of Jesus of Nazareth.  So good a friend, in fact, that when Lazarus fell ill, his sisters sent a message to Jesus—hoping that Jesus would come to work a miracle and restore Lazarus to full health. You know the story:  Jesus didn’t come.  Rather, he continued on the road, preaching along the way.  By the time he reached the hill town of Bethany, on the east sid … [Read more...]

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