Thursday, 12 January 2012 19:01

Don't put Jesus back in the attic

Alright now, I see that slight trace of holiday giblet on your lower lip. The 12 days of Christmas have slipped on by and most of us have packed away our tinsel and holiday lights for another year.

Thursday, 05 January 2012 19:01

A new year, a new start for all of us

Happy New Year! I am glad that somewhere back in the dark recesses of history one of our ancestors woke up one morning and said, "What we need is some kind of device that helps us organize things and, better still, gives us a chance from time to time to start all over on things that need improvement."

Thursday, 29 December 2011 19:01

Believers or not, it's still a party

I am very aware that many of you loyal readers do not consider yourself to be religious. Some of you consider yourself to be spiritual but not religious in the traditional sense. Some are atheist, agnostic, skeptical or simply curious. But you are not cynical.

Next week, I plan to get a little preachy about Christmas. But for now, I'm in a zany, silly, festive mood. This may be because the season makes me jollier than usual. Keith Long sent me an old but cute Christmas piece for people who are having a bad day. I don't know who thought this up.

Thursday, 15 December 2011 19:01

Two millenia later it's still about the oil

Now is the time to wish Jewish folk a happy Hanukkah. It is also a time for Christian folk to embrace the tradition of Hanukkah. The word "Hanukkah" means "dedication." Here's the basic story:

Thursday, 08 December 2011 19:01

This ministry gives food for thought

I meet lots of beautiful, wonderful, friendly people every day. I'm talking about y'all who read this blessed blabbing of mine. One of the things I notice is that most of you are unaware of just how special you are. This is because you are unpretentious and real.

Thursday, 01 December 2011 19:01

How to cope with the loss of Mary

This is a story of mystery, inspiration, joy and tragedy. It is an unfinished tale; the ending is now in the process of being settled by ordinary folk like us.

Thursday, 24 November 2011 19:01

Church need more pledges? Up yours!

Lots of you dear readers send me cute stories. Sometimes they are new to me. Most are things I have heard before. This is because I am an old man and I have heard almost everything funny that has ever been said in the history of the world. But this is okay because I am an old man and I have forgotten almost everything I have ever heard in my life. Not only that; I have forgotten almost everything I have ever written or said in my life. But this is okay too because every good story is worth repeating.

I have noticed a certain kind of inequity in the world of humor. There seems to be a lot more humor poking fun at women than there is aimed at men. Male readers send me lots of funny stuff teasing women. However, I don't get much material from women making those of the male persuasion the butt of the humor. Now I know women have great senses of humor, but I have to go searching for female humor that is made at the expense of men.

Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:01

It doesn't take much to create a church

John Abbey and I got acquainted through this blessed beacon. He is pastor of the Bethel Church in Killeen, Texas. Pastor Abbey had a long career as a teacher and minister of music at another church in Killeen. He was approaching his retirement years.

Thursday, 03 November 2011 20:01

Political pulpit is no place for him

Robert Jeffress, minister of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, recently urged folk to vote in the Republican primary election for Gov. Rick Perry rather than for Mitt Romney. He offered the opinion that Mr. Romney is a Mormon and that Mormonism is a cult and Mormons are not Christians. Thus, people should not vote for a Mormon.