Following Christ in a “Just Do It” Culture

From 1988 to 1998, Nike, an American company known worldwide for its footwear and sports apparel, increased its share of the domestic sport-shoe business from a respectable18% to a whopping 43%.  A major reason for this growth was the successful advertising campaign built around the phrase, “Just Do It.”  The slogan not only increased the popularityContinue reading “Following Christ in a “Just Do It” Culture”

The “Scratch & Dent” Department

I love the “Scratch and Dent” department or isle.  It is usually the first place my wife and I visit when shopping in stores that sell housewares, home goods and home decorations.  I think the reason is we love finding a bargain.  However, my wife has an exceptionally good eye for decorating and an unusualContinue reading “The “Scratch & Dent” Department”

A Purpose Beyond Our Pain

His death was, to say the least, unexpected. He was young, and had just recently become a follower of Jesus.  The church leaders had recognized his dedication and commitment, and had asked him to take care of the widows’ ministry.  Of all people, why did God allow this happen to him? He was very dedicated,Continue reading “A Purpose Beyond Our Pain”

The Feud Is Over!

No feud is more a part of American history than the legendary feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.  It has even become a part of pop-culture, with appearances of the descendants of both clans in an episode of the Family Feud game show. The a phenomenally popular mini-series, The Hatfields and The McCoys, featuringContinue reading “The Feud Is Over!”

One, Two, Three . . . Eyes on Me!

The children were each in their own world.  Some were talking. Others were playing games. A couple of others were picking at each other.  The noise level had steadily increased several decibels over the last few minutes.  All of the sudden, the teacher’s voice could be heard over everything else, “One, two, three, eyes onContinue reading “One, Two, Three . . . Eyes on Me!”

Church: Lamppost or Lighthouse

I love the analogy Jesus applied to himself and to His followers of light shining in the darkness. Speaking to His disciples, He said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on theContinue reading “Church: Lamppost or Lighthouse”

Can you hear me now?

Remember this familiar question?  It was part of a well-known TV commercial about a cellular provider claiming to have the capability to provide phone service almost anywhere.  Supposedly, if you used this company you would never have to ask, “Can you hear me now?” Think about that question from a different perspective.  Jesus said, “HeContinue reading “Can you hear me now?”

Does Practice Make Perfect?

“Practice makes perfect!”  Is this true?  Does practice make perfect? The origin of this familiar proverb comes from the Latin, “uses promptos facit” meaning “use makes perfect.”  Teachers, trainers and coaches have used this phrase for years to encourage students and athletes to practice.  The idea is that through consistent, repetitive practice you can increase yourContinue reading “Does Practice Make Perfect?”