Lost in Translation

My son Micah got engaged a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, congratulations Micah! We’re super excited about Courtney joining the Dye Clan. As luck would have it, that same week Micah won his first collegiate track event. He placed first in the Discus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette meet. Way to go Micah….

Why not the lamb?

The nation of Israel had been enslaved to the Egyptians for 300 years. Finally, the time had come for God to deliver them. Moses went to Pharaoh and demanded, “Let my people go.” Pharaoh grunted, laughed, and spilled his coffee on himself. Then he kicked Moses to the curb. Nine massive plagues later and the…

Changed lives make the best light

As I read staggering voluminous accounts of sexual harassment in the workplace and in Hollywood I come away, as you must also, with this overwhelming sense that these are very dark days. What can we, as people of God, do to push back against this growing night? The “Me Too” and “Times Up” movements are…

Access

I got a letter in the mail this week from the President of the United States. Craziest thing. Donald Trump said that he was aware of what I was doing here in Louisiana and he wanted to support me in whatever way he could. Get this. He said that I should ring him up if…

Eating Crow

Nobody likes to eat crow.  Truthfully, there’s no good way to eat crow. No matter how you prepare it, crow tastes bad. Here’s a modern example. Doug Pederson just coached the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory. Everyone is calling him a genius. That wasn’t always the case. Flashback two years to the…

Why Jesus?

Why Christmas? I ask myself that every year. Why are we doing this? Guys are on roofs risking life and limb to string lights. People are stressed out and trying to find the perfect something for the person that needs nothing. Folks that never give Christ or God a second thought pretend to celebrate His…

Folded like a Dear John letter

Bob Goff tells of his first lost love. He was a young freshman trying to find his way. Then the devastating “Dear Bob” letter arrived with the post. His high school sweetheart, now at UCLA, had fallen for a fraternity brother. He was devastated. After swearing off all things Greek Bob jumped in his VW…

Hitting The Target vs. Targeting The Hits

Bob Goff said this in his insightful book Love Does, I heard about Jesus for the first time when I as in high school from a guy named Doug, who I used to shoot BB guns with. We would go out in the woods by a reservoir and shoot at cans and old car fenders….

What’s in a name?

Why do we name kids what we do? I suppose some name their children after family members, others just like the sound of the name, and still others might know some film character that they liked. I’ve noticed lately that some of the old names are making a comeback. Emma is popular. My grandmother was…

My take on Global Warming and other hot-button items…

Ok, so what’s my take on global warming? I don’t know. I’m a pastor, not a scientist. Go ask a scientist. I live in Louisiana. It’s always warm. I have some opinions about global warming, but they are probably about as well informed as your opinions. Here’s the thing about opinions: we all have them….

The Trouble With ISMs

Have you noticed lately how many “ISMs” there are? ISMs are everywhere and they are all mad about something. Socialism is mad at capitalism, nationalism is mad at globalism, conservatism is mad at liberalism, and racism is mad at racism. ISMs are bitterly divided and deeply divisive. Here’s just one example. I was watching a…