Pastor Steve’s Blog

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Being Nice

Jesus was a nice guy.  Most of the time.  But he wasn’t always nice.  I am a nice guy, most of the time.  My family can tell you when I am not.  I always try to be nice out in public. I have been in Carrollton long enough that I now have two clearly defined roles in...

Anybody Got a Sole?

Going to the Magnolia Ball is quite a big deal, and I’m glad to say that Natalie and I will be attending next weekend. But going to it necessitates getting my tux out of the closet and putting it on for inspection. That inspection of a tux that I have had for 15 years...

A Horse Named Preacher

Someone in my church told me.  As soon as she told me, I knew there was a sermon in it.  What she told me was, a friend of hers has a horse named “Preacher.” What she did not tell me is why.  Why would you name your horse “Preacher”? When I was a kid growing up in...

Paint By Numbers

You never knew Myrt from Mississippi.  Myrt was a really devout Christian, who for much of her adult life, suffered with debilitating arthritis.  Near the end of her life it kept her from walking and from being able to grip things.  Those who knew her, loved her and...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

A small child made a card for me.  On one side of the card she colored a black heart. When she first gave it to me I thought it odd—a black heart. (Maybe she knows me better than I think.) Then I turned the card over and on the other side she had colored a beautiful...

Helium for the Heart

When we are little, we are always trying to find high places so we can see. We stand up in the “high chair” to see all around. We want to be on somebody’s shoulders to gain a vantage point. Hold us up high so we can see the parade. We climb the nearest tree so we can...

Saving an Hour

For those interested, Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend.  I say that to remind church goers that this is the Sunday, when because of that lost hour of sleep, the sermon will seem extra long. The snorers are going to snore this Sunday. The rock group Chicago was...

Living Biblically

People say it all the time. What people say all the time is, “The book was better than the movie.”  I think it is usually true. The book I reference today is A.J. Jacobs’, “The Year of Living Biblically.” The book has become a TV show and not a movie.  I can’t vouch...

Empty Bowls/Full Hearts

She grew up in Texas as a cute, chubby girl with freckles.  In high school, however, her chubbiness turned into fat, and her face was covered with pimples.  She was rejected and ridiculed by her classmates.  She became obsessed by what she saw as her ugliness.  She...

Reflections on Being Wounded

Frederick Buechner told the story of how his father took his own life one Saturday morning.  The elder Buechner had come from a prominent family.  He had excelled at college and everyone thought that he would have a brilliant and successful career.  However, along...

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