There are always alternative facts

Our son was at the age where he was losing the last of his baby teeth. He was also at the age of uncertainty of a tooth fairy. He was leaning toward believing this was another fable parents told their kids much like the more famous one about, well, you know…..the fat guy in a red suit. Jonathan called out to his dad one morning. The tooth still under his...

Obedience or Sacrifice? (hint: sacrifice is the easier one)

“To obey is better than sacrifice, I want more than Sundays and Wednesday nights….” Those lyrics by Keith Green come back to me like a haunting. I haven’t given up anything for Lent in a few years and obedience? Does consistency count? I think Lament is a better theme for this season than Lent. As I understand it, the meaning of Lent is clear: sacrifice. Give up something. Not just...

Life savor

“Because life is hard and it might not get easier…” sings Amy Grant. The words come to mind often and when they do it’s a comfort that fills me. A strange comfort of words reminding me life might not get easier. The creator of the commercial with the Easy Button was genius because we all want that button. No one wants a difficult button or challenging button. We want easy. When there are...

Service in the Lord’s Army

“The great test, alike to Time and Eternity is this: How far do we know and love and live Jesus Christ?” – William Booth, Founder Mama’s yearbook from her Training College days carries that old book smell. It bears the date 1959 and it’s pages seldom opened. Mostly, it’s opened to show her picture and others. It’s a special keepsake I’m glad to have. Today this yearbook serves as a...

National Salvation Army Week

Depending on where you live, you may have noticed more attention on Salvation Army efforts this week. This is the 59th year of a week recognized in the US as National Salvation Army Week. It was first declared by President Eisenhower in 1954 as a time for Americans to consider what they can give to help others. It’s not about money, but giving from the heart, giving from your storehouse...

Sobriety Gifts

Mike stood to his feet and in his deep, radio voice, said “Here is what sobriety has given me: I answered my phone to hear my 5-year-old grandson say ‘Hi, grandpa’. Grandpa. That is what sobriety has given me.” My daughter and son-in-law were with us that day. I saw my daughter tug at her husband’s arm, the smile on Tim’s face, his head nodding in affirmation. Another man, one...