Pastor Steve’s Blog

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Farewell or Freshen Up?

I like a lot of the modern music. I listen to modern music when my sixteen-year-old daughter and I are in the car together. When I am by myself I listen to my music—60s stuff. We tend to favor the music we liked in our younger days, songs that we remember on dates or...

Methodists and BBQ (again)

I said I wouldn’t do it because it was too easy. I don’t particularly like picking on the Methodists any more than I do the Pentecostals or Episcopalians. But this was too easy.  A few years ago I bought tickets to the Carrollton First United Methodist annual missions...

Bridge and Hans and Franz

I always wondered what mom and her friends were up to. I mean, who wants to spend all day playing Bridge?  All the guys in my family (dad and my brothers) loved the card game Rook.  That was a man’s game.  Bridge was for girls.  Mom was a card-carrying member of a...

Are You Marvin?

My parents cursed me but didn’t know it.  They cursed me, not because I despised the name Marvin, which I did, but because Marvin is my first name. If there is anything about my life I could change it would be to reverse my names, so that I am now Stephen Marvin...

Keeping Score

I’ve got to get a job there. Got to.  The pay is pretty good I hear, but the catch is, I’d have to move to Dayton, Tennessee.  The Lazy-Boy Company has a plant there that employs a few thousand people and they make recliners.  At any given time twenty five...

Home Remedies

This time of year it seems that everyone has the cruds.  So, once I asked a group of senior citizens for some home remedies. They said, if a child has the cruds, put them in the shower, close the door, and get the bathroom steamy. They shared lots of other home...

CAVE People

CAVE people are Citizens Against Virtually Everything.  Every community has them and I guess every church too. We have a church member who says that he has been against every change we have ever done at church. I think he’s kidding! In my mind, baseball sports writers...

Reflections on Broccoli (and People)

I spent a morning at our daughter’s school when she was just a kid. I had lunch there with a few hundred of her closest friends.  The menu for the day was a choice of spaghetti, pizza, or a sandwich, along with some green things such as salad and broccoli. All the...

Spellin’

My dad was really smart, especially with numbers.  That made him a really good card player, by the way, which, even if I had inherited those genes, would have done me no good as a Baptist minister.  Anyway, he was good at math, but no good at spelling.  Apparently the...

Counting Backwards

Parents teach their kids to count backwards. Why? I haven’t a clue unless it is to show them off. “Junior, show Uncle Bob how you can count backwards from ten.”  I had always figured the only good use for such knowledge and ability is if one works for NASA:  “Ten,...

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