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November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018 – Thought for the Week

Recently Angi and I were part of a celebration of life for Oleta M. Hodges.  Oleta was just shy of 105 years old.  She was the wife of a Presbyterian minister, and the mother of a friend from a former parish I served.  During the service there was a video of Oleta giving us “Words […]

November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018 – Thought for the Week

  Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry was in a 2008 firefight in Afghanistan. Though already wounded in both legs, he grabbed a live grenade that landed amid his team and attempted to throw it away. It exploded before he could release it, destroying his right hand and forearm and shredding him with shrapnel. Putting […]

October 31, 2018

October 29, 2018 – Thought for the Week

  There is power in the spoken word. When God created, He spoke. When He and His people blessed, they spoke. When people cursed, they spoke. What was said out loud could not be unsaid. It was concrete; its utterance made it so. That truth should be enough to cause us all to examine our […]

October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018 – Thought for the Week

When I taught at the University of the Ozarks there was always that moment at the first day of classes when one or more student would realize that he or she had the wrong book.  College texts are constantly being updated as new information and research emerge.  It’s not uncommon to see the wordsupdated or revised splashed across […]

October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018 – Thought for the Week

My son Clint doesn’t trust banks.  I can’t understand where this comes from.  Just because 414 banks failed during the Great Recession, and the FDIC bailed out one large bank to the tune of over #38 Billion, why does he have concerns?  I mean, yes, it’s true that the FDIC has hundreds of banks placed […]

October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018 – Thought for the Week

  Question for the week: “Are you feeling besieged?” Don’t be surprised if you answered yes. Few people go through life with a sense of invulnerability. We question our strength, and, when trouble strikes, we doubt our ability to stand. We don’t feel invincible, so we fear trials. When war or minor conflicts break out […]

September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018 – Thought for the Week

A few years ago we had an old fashioned tent meeting out on the lawn of the Kirk.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Although I have to admit that the heat and pending storm didn’t add to the experience.  Our idea was to get visible.  We called it a “Revival.”  Our […]

September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018 – Thought for the Week

As I type this, large numbers of individuals are working to get ready to travel to the East Coast as volunteers.  Listening to the sound-bites on news reports, we hear these individuals speak of their pure motives, element of faith, and an abundance of human wisdom.  There’s nothing wrong with pure motives, the faith, or […]

September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018 – Thought for the Week

  Recent report says that the average attention span can be as short as eight seconds. Now, where was I going with this? Oh, yeah, when it comes to sustained attention – staying on task to accomplish goals, most people stay focused for about twenty minutes. We can then choose to repeatedly refocus on that […]

September 4, 2018

September 3, 2018 – Thought for the Week

  There is a story about a fourth grader, who was mistreated by a school official. Seems that the official had a falling-out with the child’s father, and he took out his anger on the child. Years later when the child became a minister, and during his first pastorate, he heard that the old antagonist […]

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