Artificial or Real?

Artificial or Real?

The two best Christmas presents I have ever gotten were not under the tree. They were in a maternity ward—one in Texas and the other in Carrollton. Our two children, Tyler and Natalie, came into this world in December (21st and 5th), without the standard Christmas...

Rake or Resume

My Christmas got better when I saw him. It doesn’t take much these days for me to have a good Christmas.  Some new socks and t-shirts under the tree will do. A good report from the doctor on the annual check-up doesn’t need to be wrapped—just the words “your numbers...

Sunday Night Reflections

Most ministers, I suppose, fall onto the couch on Sunday evening and reflect on the day’s events—the worship, the things that went well and those that didn’t.  We also try to remember what someone told us as they were exiting the church.  When people exit the church,...

Origins of Popular Sayings

I say phrases all the time that I have no idea from whence they came. (I wanted so much to say “where they come from,” but I know that a preposition is not something you should end a sentence “with.”)  I say things like “I was scared as all get-out.” “All-get-out”...

That Guy

Every Sunday I do a “sermon in a sack,” which is a cute name for the children’s sermon.  Lots of precious little kids skip down the church’s aisle and plop down in front of me, eagerly waiting to discover the contents in “the sack.”  Okay, eagerly might be a tad...

Pa Cooked on a Boat

I have a good friend named Randall who grew up in Mississippi and, as a kid, he used to love to go and see his grandmother and grandfather, whom he affectionately knew as Ma and Pa.  Ma was a great cook.  Womenfolk in that part of Mississippi knew how to cook, and Ma...

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