From IHOP® to Waffle House ®

(For audio version  click here) When we compare the challenge of sharing the Gospel with our neighbors today, with what our parents and grandparents faced, it is similar to the difference between pancakes and waffles. You could say, we have moved from IHOP and to the Waffle House. Here is what I mean by thisContinue reading “From IHOP® to Waffle House ®”

Learning to Walk Worthy . . . “It Takes a Community”

You may have heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The saying and its attribution as an African proverb provided the source for the title of a children’s book, It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen-Fletcher, published in 1994.  A few years later, First Lady Hillary Clinton published a book by the same title.  Scholars disagree onContinue reading “Learning to Walk Worthy . . . “It Takes a Community””

To Be Continued . . .

I enjoy watching a good drama or mystery on TV.  There is one thing, however, that can ruin the experience.  Just as the plot is getting interesting, and the suspense level rises to a crescendo, the words “… to be continued” appear on the screen.  Don’t you just hate that?  I do!  I don’t wantContinue reading “To Be Continued . . .”

“Don’t Try This At Home”

The other day, I was watching a program called “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”  The home video showed a man on a snowmobile attempting to jump over a highway using a huge bank of snow next to the road as a ramp.  Notice, I said attempting, because the result was almost fatal.  Perhaps funny in oneContinue reading ““Don’t Try This At Home””

How Is Business?

It has been said, there are two, critical questions every successful CEO and business owner must answer.  First, “What is your business?”  Second, “How is business?” If we put these two questions to the Church, how would we answer them?   “What is our business?”  In other words, what is our purpose, or our reason forContinue reading “How Is Business?”

What Matters Most?

Priorities!  How do you set priorities?  What comes first in your life?  Of all the things you do, what matters most?  Determining our priorities can be an elusive and difficult task, especially for those of us who are not wired to think along those lines.  I believe most people do things without thinking about priorities.Continue reading “What Matters Most?”

Immigration Reform … The Next Step

In the face of growing ethnic diversity in our communities, as followers of Jesus, what should we do?  In my Encourage article last week, I made several suggestions based on biblical principles, about our attitudes toward immigrants. Is there something we should do beyond being loving and kind? If so, what is it? Changing our attitudeContinue reading “Immigration Reform … The Next Step”

Keeping Focused on the Essentials

The Eastman Kodak Company dominated the photography market for over 100 years.  No company commercialized the camera and its associated products as successfully as Kodak.  Some of Kodak’s landmark products include the Brownie camera introduced in 1900, Kodachrome color film, hand-held movie cameras, and the easy-load instamatic camera. Today, Kodak is only a shadow ofContinue reading “Keeping Focused on the Essentials”

Turning The Church Inside Out

Recently, I read the story in Acts 17 about Paul and Silas preaching the Gospel in the city of Thessalonica.  Their preaching resulted in a number of people coming to faith, and becoming followers of Jesus.  Also, a number of religious people in the same city were so offended they gathered a mob and attackedContinue reading “Turning The Church Inside Out”