Life Between Sundays

Super Myth

The self-made man is inconsequential to God … an insult to His Grace and Mercy. Worse than that, it is deception for there is no such thing. Rampant, unchecked pride inventories our lives and misappropriates our successes. Ministry or mammon successes are equally...

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The Dance

After a person does certain things long enough, they become mindless.  As a Pinkerton security guard in Bethlehem, PA, I worked the graveyard shift at a Champion Spark Plug factory.  Combine the routine of rounds every half hour with the cloudiness of a mind that...

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Weekend Warriors

Colonel Sam Trautman coined the term for me.  He was a character created by David Morrell, played by Richard Crenna in the movie “First Blood”.  John Rambo, a Vietnam war vet trying to navigate the horrors of his combat experience and the anti-war sentiment of the...

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Psalm 151

Some people heard her say, "I sing in bars.".  I heard her say she was a missionary.  One of her missionary songs, described a very dark period of her life … a journey through disappointment and discouragement … November Wind.  As I listened I was reminded of the...

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Sunday Morning Ruminations

Some Sunday morning rumination or rambling or whatever … There is still that feeling of pain deep in my heart. Perhaps it is disappointment in myself, thinking that I should have been able to grit my teeth and "tough it out". Maybe it is the predictability and...

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Safari

I have a friend who just returned from an African safari. His wife, daughter and Angleburt, the guide, freely 4-wheeling across the wild savannah, experiencing the wild life up close and personal. They have pictures to prove it. Lions, cheetahs and leopards(above just...

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Down and Out

… he descended into hell Beautiful Saturday morning … the "between" day on Easter weekend. He is Alive … though in the grave … laying siege to hell itself and Satan is on the defense. His miserable fortress is being shaken and this day is the one that forever haunts...

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This...

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Be THOU My Vision

Jesus is my vision . . . the sole vision that I have for my life, my family and the Church. When asked by people "What is your vision for the church?", I feel so obligated to lay out the future before their eyes. I can't see ten seconds into the future. I can't tell...

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New Year’s Realizations

I am going to add another relevant word to your New Year’s repertoire.  Let’s call it a precursor to a resolution . . . and being a preacher . . . a reverend if you will, trained to sacrifice the message for the sake of alliteration . . . drum roll . . ....

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True Unity . . . what is it?

I sat in a room last night with about 30 people and Church broke out. It was a motley, cross and non-denominational gathering of spiritually hungry individuals.  The unplanned and unforeseen “service” lasted about 5 1/2 hours and it seemed shorter than many of the...

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Good Things Come . . .

. . . in disposable packages Most everyone has, or will have the parental experience of purchasing First Christmas gifts. Theoretically, the kids enjoy the process . . . maybe even as much as we do . . that's what the goal is anyway. Ripping paper - what fun! Opening...

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Nics & Scratches

. . . character more than damage When I purchased my Martin D28, I was a lowly college student in Allentown PA, on a two year Jonah-run from pastoral ministry. I couldn’t afford the instrument. My rationalization was that it would be a ministry tool and would last a...

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An Apple A Day

My Dad used to say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away . . . if you throw it hard enough.” His aversion to medical professionals wasn’t unique to him . . . just about every man that I know struggles similarly.  And if the struggle to actually go see a doctor isn’t...

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Chasing Cars

I can vividly remember cruising through our neighborhood in the ’58’ Chevy pick-up that my Dad purchased.  It was our “new” truck. The only thing that it had going for it, in my mind, was that it was awful green instead of awful rusty.  Dad threatened to strip the...

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