Fearlessness for June

To start June, I thought we’d return to the great Ralph Waldo Emerson for yet another pep talk. Try this one on for size… This is from “Character” “If I quake, what matters it what I quake at? Our proper vice takes form in one or another shape, according to the sex, age, or temperamentContinue reading “Fearlessness for June”

Faith

This morning I was thinking back to a Bible Study that I went to for a while in college. It was led by a young man who was obsessed with Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” He talked about this one verse atContinue reading “Faith”

Snake handling

I watched a documentary yesterday about a snake handling preacher that tried to kill his wife by forcing her to get bitten by a rattlesnake. This was thoroughly entertaining to me because this story happened in my hometown of Scottsboro, Alabama when I was 16. As a 16-year-old obsessed with girls and basketball I didn’tContinue reading “Snake handling”

The Godly Sailor

When I was a teenager, my hometown church went to the Gulf Coast for a mission trip. It was a lot of fun, and we did a lot of good for people, but the one thing that stuck out about the trip was one night when we went to a worship service at a centerContinue reading “The Godly Sailor”

Swaddling Clothes

Merry Christmas everyone! I am so happy this morning, this Christmas Eve at 5:21 in the A.M. I am filled with hope and anticipation for tomorrow and next week and next year and this process started earlier this morning when I was awakened with the thought of “swaddling clothes” in my mind. I’ll never understandContinue reading “Swaddling Clothes”

Heads in the sand

I watched a TED Talks recently about changing behavior for the better, and the speaker said that people are actually more successful changing bad behavior if they are given positive messages and positive reinforcement. Listing the bad consequences of a bad behavior does not motivate people to change as well as positivity. When I firstContinue reading “Heads in the sand”

The paradoxes of driving and faith

Today I want to talk about 2 paradoxes. The first applies to everyday life, and then the second is connected, but is mainly about faith. The first is about driving. How do young people drive? Fast! And how do old people drive? Slow! But isn’t that backwards from the way it should be? Young peopleContinue reading “The paradoxes of driving and faith”