The Race Of Faith

The Race Of Faith The Christian life can be described in several different ways. One very apt description is that of a race. We might call it the race of faith. Certainly this race is not a short sprint, but rather a lengthy marathon. The writer of Hebrews pictures such a race with the words:…

Three Prodigals

Three Prodigals We nearly always hear the story in Luke 15 referred to as the parable of the prodigal son. When I was a young preacher, a minister I admired preached on that text, and he entitled it, “The Prodigal Father.” His definition of prodigal sent me to the dictionary to make sure he was…

A Town With No Milkshakes

A Town With No Milkshakes We had just returned from Denver, arrived in Louisville and eager to get home to Harrodsburg. It was Thursday evening around 10:PM as we passed through Mt. Washington. Neither of us wanted to stop for a late supper, but a good thick milkshake sounded great. I did not see a…

The Virtue Of Kindness

The Virtue of Kindness This past week I conducted two funerals on consecutive days. One of them was for a very well known person, and the crowd was overflowing. The other was for a very elderly lady, not very well known. There was a handful in attendance. Both had a common denominator attributed to them…

Finding The Flawless Father

Finding The Flawless Father The writer of the Hebrew letter talks about earthly fathers and our Heavenly Father. Let me quote. “Our earthly fathers trained us for a few brief years, doing the best for us that they knew how, but God’s correction is always right and for our best good, that we may share…

Jesus Speaks Assurance

Jesus Speaks Assurance “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” In the hour darkened by the shadow of the cross, Judas’ treachery and Peter’s denial, Jesus speaks words of sublime peace. How like Jesus to focus on the fears of His followers rather than addressing His own needs….

Simply On Vacation

Simply On Vacation As we were planning our long anticipated vacation, I found myself wondering about the things we would do and the places we would see. Some plans were in place, but many of the days were going to be a true adventure into the unknown. It tends to be a little bit scary,…

Handling Change

Handling Change It seems there is something in our human DNA that is resistant to change. We feel more comfortable when things remain the same. I experienced this recently with the education foundation board on which I have served for over thirty years. Ever since 1983, our board had pretty much done the same thing…

Love On Display

Love On Display Where is love most often displayed? I would suggest that it is not in the glamorous, but in the grit and grime of daily living and service. On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana died tragically in a car accident in Paris, France. She was 36 years old. She was a symbol of…

Stress Or Rest

Stress or Rest All the preparation for Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday gave me a serious case of stress. I even had some stress induced dreams the other night. As I sat down to write this article I began to feel ashamed. My stress should go unmentioned when put in the light of Jesus’ stress…