Pain Hurts Your Heart

When I lived in Houston, we lived next door to a five year old pistol named Blake. At five, he was already becoming a hardened criminal. He would lie when the truth was just as good, cheat any chance he got. He wandered the neighborhood aimlessly. His mom and dad had just installed this really…

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The Rangers were playing at the ballpark and a friend gave us tickets. The seats were beyond belief. Twelve rows back, just to the left of home plate. My middle son, Andrew was about nine at the time. He and I were huge Ranger fans. So there we were, Amy, Andrew and me. Decked out…

Fighting Snakes

Jay Rathman was hunting deer in the Tehama Wildlife area in northern California. He climbed to the ledge of a rocky gorge. As he raised his head to look over the ledge he felt movement to the right of his face. A four foot coiled rattlesnake struck with lightning speed, just missing his right ear….

Sons of Thunder

It’s daybreak on the sea of Galilee. Five tired fishermen are working with their nets. A mob slowly descends over the hill like a fogbank rolling down to the sea. Jesus, the Messiah, is in the middle of it. He approached Simon and Andrew and said, “Follow me and I will make you a fisher…

A Walk on the Dark Side

Today Darth Vader is an American Icon.  The symbol of evil.  We learned from George Lucas that he was once a powerful good Jedi named Skywalker that went to the dark side.  But we never knew how until Lucas completed the prequel trilogy.  The final installment tells how Skywalker got Vaderized. I love that expression,…

Returning to God

Robert Robinson was a rising star in the Church in England in the 1800’s. This young gifted communicator was pastoring large churches before he was even thirty. He wrote music too. One of his best known hymns is the classic “Come Thou Fount.” There’s a line in that hymn that betrayed young Robinson’s struggle. It…

Where’s the Peace?

In 1984, Wendy’s ran an ad that featured three elderly women looking over a hamburger that was mostly bun. One of the three blurted out, “Where’s the beef?” The catchphrase took on a life of its own. It became a buzzword meaning, “Where’s the substance? Where’s the truth?” Politicians even picked it up to question each…