purpose and values

conversations about the meaning of life

Why Prayer Doesn’t Work

  It was 1992, and we discovered we owed the IRS that year.  This was highly unusual. Only two years earlier, Joy and I had moved with our young family from South Carolina to Massachusetts to start a church. With limited income, three kids and the earned income tax credit, we usually got a refund. …

God’s Absurd Plan

  Why didn’t Jesus stay?   I have been pondering that.  God was born a man to bring his glorious light into our dark, broken, dying world.  Walking our world, He announced, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John …

5000 Reasons Why I Keep Blogging

  It was a fascinating story to a 6-year old hearing it and seeing it with flannelgraph figures deftly positioned by the Sunday School teacher.  Jesus takes a boy’s fish sandwich lunch and uses it to feed 5,000+ people. I never thought much about why Jesus fed some people who could have gone home and …

Superheroes, Billy Graham and a Bag of Gold

  Superheroes are in the news these days, at the box office and in the church.  A superhero has a unique and remarkable special ability that can help a lot of people.   If he or she does not complete the mission, thousands or millions of people could be affected.   God calls some people into …

Valentines that Never Came

Janis Ian’s 1975 song, “At Seventeen,” still runs through my head sometimes   “To those of us who knew the pain Of valentines that never came, And those whose names were never called When choosing sides for basketball. It was long ago and far away; The world was younger than today, And dreams were all …

Storage Wars: Alabama

My son-in-law, Jeff, first put me on to the show.  Storage Wars.  One episode, and I was hooked.  The concept is simple and compelling.  The cameras follow four featured “buyers” who go to auctions at storage facilities.  When storage facilities have customers who stop paying their unit rentals for several months, their units are sold …

The World’s Greatest Blogger

I wrestled for weeks and months with whether I would begin serious blogging.  In fact, I put this blog together months ago, and I’m only just now publishing.  I will tell you why.  I want to be great.  Years ago, the band Calloway sang: “I wanna be rich.”  I can’t relate.  Seriously.  I don’t want …