#LettersForMyBoys – 5

Seek stupidity, find stupidity. That’s what we learned from the last portion of Proverbs. But what happens if you seek out wisdom? What happens if you realize early on that you might not be able to figure this out alone? My son, if you accept what I am telling you    and store my counsel and directives deep within you,If youContinue reading “#LettersForMyBoys – 5”

Well Which Is It? Adoption or Abortion?

If you’re going to cry out for people to adopt rather than abort, then maybe the adoption process should be so restrictive. Some recent legislative bills being introduced in Tennessee slam home a reality that makes my head spin. Some of the same people who yell loudest against abortion are the same ones limiting theContinue reading “Well Which Is It? Adoption or Abortion?”

Pondering Principles – Energy Resources Utilization

The UMC accepts global climate change as a matter of fact. You can read the UMC Social Principles here. We are in the third section. The section on energy resource utilization is written with the assumption that global warming is real. I agree with this assessment. I state this because we live in a timeContinue reading “Pondering Principles – Energy Resources Utilization”

#LettersForMyBoys – 4

I love this poem! While Proverbs might have a popular following for some of the pithier, more digestible verses, the book also has a great personification of Wisdom in the early chapters. We get a great glimpse of how storytelling and poetry combine to give a great admonition: Don’t be stupid or you’re going toContinue reading “#LettersForMyBoys – 4”

The Bible Says It … That Settles It

No. It doesn’t. Here’s an excerpt from Adam Hamilton’s blog where he addresses this fallacy. “It is for these reasons that the biblical authors at times wrote things that today we rightly reject. We no longer believe it is permissible for one nation to kill every man, woman, and child of another nation; we callContinue reading “The Bible Says It … That Settles It”

I Can’t Believe What I Just Saw!

I am the pastor of a small church. It can be very easy for small churches to fall into the thinking that “we don’t have enough.” We don’t have enough to make a difference. We don’t have enough to change the world. Heck, we don’t even have enough to take care of ourselves half theContinue reading “I Can’t Believe What I Just Saw!”

Pondering Principles – Water, Air, Soil, Minerals, Plants

You can read the UMC Social Principles here. Today, I am going to reflect on two parts of this section that stuck out to me. First up: We support policies that develop alternatives to chemicals used for growing, processing, and preserving food, and we strongly urge adequate research into their effects upon God’s creation prior toContinue reading “Pondering Principles – Water, Air, Soil, Minerals, Plants”

#LettersForMyBoys – 3

If they should say, Evildoers: Come on! Everyone, hide and let’s wait to see whom we can beat to a pulp. We’re going to jump some unsuspecting chumps for no reason at all. We’ll have our way with them, and when we’re through, there will be nothing left, as if their bodies were swallowed whole by the grave’s dark pit. We’ll take whateverContinue reading “#LettersForMyBoys – 3”