I BELIEVE

Hollywood movie critics often speak about this or that movie making it possible for an audience to “suspend disbelief” long enough to enjoy or be entertained by the story in a movie. One of the best examples of this ability to “suspend disbelief” is the recent movie called “The Life of Pi.” This movie is about a boy who is the sole survivor of a shipwreck that costs the boy his family…

ASK, SEEK, KNOCK

There is a story about a young man who wished to become a monk in the deserts of Egypt. He went to a monk’s home in the desert and knocked on the door. The monk inside ignored the young man, so the young man knocked again. After a long time the monk finally came to the door and asked what the young man desired. He replied “I wish to become a monk…

“MANKIND WAS MY BUSINESS!”

Everyone remembers Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” It was published in 1843 and it captured the imagination of generations since. It made the name “Scrooge” synonymous with stinginess and self-centered bitterness. But what made Scrooge have a change of heart? Do you remember? Exactly, it was the visit by the three spirits – The Past, The Present, and the Future. Scrooge got to see his life from beginning to end and he didn’t…

REJOICING RIGHTLY

The young man was very frustrated. His dad had just gotten him a new hunting dog and this was the first time the young man had to train the dog himself. The process was a lot tougher than the boy realized and he was out of answers. You see every time the boy would point to a place the dog was suppose to go, the dog came up and sniffed his finger!…

MY ENEMY, MY FRIEND

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” The quote has been described as an Arabic proverb, but more likely it comes from advice given in India by a leader who died under mysterious circumstances. This attitude that my enemy’s enemy is my ally has been used countless times in politics and warfare to justify the “strange bedfellows” that certain alliances have created in the pursuit of political and military goals. But is…

THE BREADTH, THE LENGTH, THE HEIGHT, THE DEPTH

I really like to write and I enjoy public speaking, but I had a hint of my tendency to wordiness when my first stent in seminary produced a comment from one of my favorite professors. I had just finished a fairly intensive philosophy paper for his class and was really sweating the grade he would give me. A few days past and other folks started getting their papers back graded and commented…

You Don’t Belong Here

“I’m sorry, but you don’t belong here.” With that the usher informed me and my family that we were in the wrong spot. This area was reserved for VIP’s, not for the regular folks! Ouch! It reminds me of an old saying my grandmother taught me: “Sticks and stone can break your bones, but words can break your heart.” Oh, is that different than how you learned it? There is nothing quite…

HEY, AREN’T YOU…

All I can say was it was embarrassing! I could have sworn the person I ran up to in the store was a buddy of mine from High School. I just knew this was going to be a fun reunion, and we’d laugh about that time we all… and we’d talk about the old days and comment on how hard that Algebra class was and how the teacher was so difficult, and…

You Never Know

There is a story about some Christian missionaries going to a place in the African continent to a tribe of people who had never had missionaries before. This tribe also had no written language and no knowledge of the Christian message. So, the missionaries started out learning their language and working with the tribe to create a written alphabet. They then began to work on translating the Scriptures into this tribe’s language.…

AN EXCLUSIVE PURPOSE

OK, so one of my most favorite movies in the whole world is “Princess Bride” and one of my most favorite scenes in the movie is when Vincent keeps using the word “inconceivable!” Finally, after so many times of hearing this word from Vincent, Inigo Montoya responds “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The truth is words matter, and the meaning of…