Burned

I am always amazed by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  When King Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw them into a fiery furnace if they didn’t bow down and worship his idol, they responded, “Go ahead, throw us in!” O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter.  If our God whom… Read More ›

Can We Handle the Truth?

I have always been a cheap date … literally.  When Amy and I went on our first date, I did not take her to a fancy restaurant and movie theater.  No, our first date was over a bag of Oreos watching a rented copy of the movie “A Few Good Men.”  (I’ll stop here for… Read More ›

Worship Wars

In the last few decades, many churches have found themselves in the midst of the dreaded “worship wars”.  Will we sing traditional hymns or contemporary choruses?  Will we have a choir or a praise band?  Is a screen a tool or a giant TV set?  Is a tie mandatory, optional, or forbidden? Books have been… Read More ›

Pay Attention to the Ripple Effect

The following is an article that was written for week 14 of The Story.  It is reprinted by permission. The decisions you make and the actions you take affect those around you. Rehoboam learned that lesson the hard way.  Rehoboam followed his father Solomon to the throne of Israel.  Solomon had exacted harsh labor on… Read More ›

“Reality” TV

My wife recorded an episode of a new TV show called “I Forgive You.”  The show tells the true stories of men and women practicing forgiveness in all kinds of instances:  bullying, abuse, stealing, murder, etc.  She was watching the episode this morning while I was getting ready to go to work.  The first story… Read More ›

Turning the Mountain into a Molehill

The confrontation between David & Goliath is a story that resonates beyond the faith community.  The story of a weaker, overmatched hero rising up to defeat a stronger, better equipped enemy is invoked in the world of sports, politics, and entertainment.  It’s a story so many know so well, that when we actually take time… Read More ›

Reading About the Day Before on the Day After

Well, it’s all over but the shouting … but I guess we have gotten used to the shouting by now. I thought it was interesting timing to be reading the story of Samuel and Saul on the week of a Presidential election here in the United States.  Especially intriguing was to read Samuel’s description (perhaps… Read More ›

One Woman’s Story

Just about every year, our church provides a birthday party for inmates at a local minimum security prison.  It is always the last Tuesday night of whatever month we are assigned to.  I always receive a blessing from going, but it never fails that the day of the party comes and I spend part of… Read More ›

When Your Mistakes Land You Before a Judge

The following is taken from a series of articles created specifically for The Story.  The author is unknown. It was my ninth grade year at Robert E. Lee Jr. High in San Angelo, Texas.  My student council job was to broadcast the morning announcements.  It was the first step in my dream of becoming an… Read More ›

Face Your Battles with Strength and Courage

In his epic The Odyssey, Homer tells the story of the hero Ulysses leading his men home after the Trojan War.  Along the way, they must survive a variety of challenges, including the dangerous Sirens.  The Sirens were monsters who wooed men to their deaths with mesmerizing and beautiful songs.  Warned ahead of time, Ulysses… Read More ›