The Europe-ization of America

Posted On Nov 3 2013 by

I recently returned from a week in Germany. As always, I love visiting that country and enjoy the friendliness of its people. The beautiful landscape of the Black Forest area where I stay and some awesome high carb food will lure me back time and time again. Beneath the beauty, though, the Christian will find something unpleasant. Germany is representative of the new Europe. It is, in fact, the shining jewel of the European Union. So I’m confident that what I say can be assumed for the entire continent. Christianity, especially fundamentalists like myself, are looked upon with no small …


Where’s my Reward?

Posted On Oct 27 2013 by

Copper the rescue terrier-mix has brought quite a bit of entertainment to our family since we adopted him several years ago. Two things we’ve noticed about him: 1) He’s very smart and capable of learning just about any trick, and 2) Food is king in his life and he’ll only do a trick if there’s a reward involved. Oh sure, you can get him to fetch a ball two, maybe three times in between a reward, but on that third or fourth try, he’ll stop dead in his tracks and look at you like a bellhop with his hand out. …


Our Shooting Stars

Posted On Oct 20 2013 by

Perhaps my being in the downslope of my 40s has infused me with a bit of longing for things past. But I suspect it is more a touch of wisdom that comes with the years. I made contact with a few old friends on facebook recently. This, of course, is not unusual. Most of us have rediscovered lost acquaintances thanks to the miracle that is social media. But of those that we have reconnected with, there are probably only a handful that stir what I like to call the milestone memories. What I find odd is that these memories are …


Moments of Grace

Posted On Oct 6 2013 by

At the midpoint of every well-written movie or book is what Dr. Stanley Williams calls the Moment of Grace. This is when the protagonist realizes the error of his ways and makes a choice to accept (or decline) a change in his life that will set him on the course to happiness, success, getting the girl, catching the killer, whatever the case may be. Minor characters also have a Moment of Grace, but they can take place anywhere within the story. James Scott Bell refers to this moment as the Man in the Mirror. It is (sometimes literally) when a …


Writer’s Sunday – What will America Choose?

Posted On Sep 29 2013 by

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17 ESV) It seems ironic, at first glance, that a nation founded on Christian principles has become the world’s standard for materialistic want. …


Falling into Fall

Posted On Sep 22 2013 by

Summer doesn’t just end in my world. It comes to a crashing hault. I blame Labor Day. If we had no holiday to mark the end of practical summer, we’d hardly notice its passing. September would give us 30 days to make the transition (maybe 31 in Indiana, I never could figure out their time zones). We’d begin the month in shorts an T-shirts, end it in flannel jammies . The change would hardly be noticed. Fortunately, life isn’t like that. I don’t recall hitting middle-age, but somewhere along the line it must have happened, because my back always hurts …