My wife does Christian marriage counseling. The bottom line…
With hurricane Ian passing through Florida with its path of destruction, I’m reminded of a close and uncomfortable encounter with a hurricane while flying with the Navy. It’s one of three “near death experiences” (I use the phrase advisedly) I lived through (by God’s grace) while flying with the Navy. While instructing at VP-30 training … More Encounter with a hurricane
My son is currently experiencing frustrations and great distress in his dating situation. He likes to keep such things close and is reluctant to share details or ask for help, so I kept my response short and to the point… “I feel your pain. It was not until I admitted (to myself and to God) … More The Answer to Relationship Problems
I talk with my son often on a weekly basis as I coach him through the formation of his new business. Unfortunately, our spiritual conversations are much more rare. Despite a strong faith as a child and teenager, he drifted away from his faith while in college (largely the result of a spiritually immature, cult-like … More Help in time of trouble
Why are we reluctant to get to the heart of the matter? Why do we shy away from saying the truth? There is a fear that keeps us from saying what we know to be true in our heart of hearts. All of life is a struggle between fear and love. (1 John 4:7-21) One … More Dancing around the truth
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) “I am” – Jesus claimed to be God. He used the same language, the same name that God gave to describe himself to Moses, and the self description for which the Jews wished … More Brief (very brief) one verse summary of the Gospel
The church as a whole is too timid to call sin a sin and to recognize the full authority of the Bible (Revelation 3:16). That’s why the last two mainline Presbyterian USA churches we were members of seceded (at great financial cost) from our parent denomination and formed/joined a new Presbyterian ECO denomination which recognizes the Bible as the … More Cultural relativism or Biblical authority?
All of my mother’s siblings were great people, but she always had the most cheerful, ready smile. We were blessed. Galatians 5:22-23
The men in my family have a way of shifting from one topic of conversation to another without much advance notice or connecting transitional phrases. Sometimes it can be jarring to the listeners. I recall back in the 70s my brother and I were sitting on the back porch with Dad at their older home, … More Spring cleaning
I once joked to a good (but often cantankerous) friend that when I looked up the word curmudgeon in the dictionary, his picture was there. No one is immune from curmudgeon attitudes, but we all know that we ”youth challenged” (over 50?) folk are more susceptible. We’ve lived through the school of hard knocks long … More Curmudgeon or not to curmudgeon?