Facing Those Who Disappoint (during the holidays)

The holiday season is almost upon us!  Again. Some of you are rejoicing!  Some are not. It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this holiday season.  When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions canContinue reading “Facing Those Who Disappoint (during the holidays)”

Rethinking Happiness

If things ways need to go “your way” to be happy, you will never be happy. And when you are happy, you won’t be happy for very long. Let’s face it, we live in a fallen world, control is an illusion and things are sometimes really hard. People do dumb crap, bad things happen, relationshipsContinue reading “Rethinking Happiness”

You Don’t Hear Fathers Talk About This Much

You don’t hear father’s talk about this much. This is an excerpt from my latest book: Re-Conversion (The “God is Good” Story) (Sumner, Illinois, circa 1996) Sometime in late 1992, I attended a seminar on how to do ministry with Senior Adults held in Peoria, Illinois. There was this feeble, little man who inched upContinue reading “You Don’t Hear Fathers Talk About This Much”

The Discipline of the Lord (Comes Swiftly and from the Left Side) 

The Discipline of the Lord (Fort Worth, Texas circa 1969) Dad is a southpaw.  There are two files in my memory that verify this fact.  One concerns the fact I could never use his baseball glove.  I could catch with it but I always threw like a girl.  (These days girls throw really well, soContinue reading “The Discipline of the Lord (Comes Swiftly and from the Left Side) “

What Mom Really Wanted

Some of the most regretful memories of my teen years involve my mother.  If I could change one thing about my life as a teen, I would have treated my mom better.  I wasn’t that I was horrible or that I didn’t love her, but mom made me nervous.  She thought apples were a goodContinue reading “What Mom Really Wanted”

Dealing with People who Disappoint (At Christmas)

Dealing with People who Disappoint  It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this Christmas season (even if you are spending it alone).  When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions threaten to overwhelm us.  Particularly ifContinue reading “Dealing with People who Disappoint (At Christmas)”

Love on the Wall (and Scissors in the Drawer)

I had a wonderful neighbor and a parishioner in my seminary years. She was a 90 year old widow who lived across the street from the parsonage. She often invited The House of Bishop to her larger family events and we were grateful. For the three years I served that student appointment in Georgia, sheContinue reading “Love on the Wall (and Scissors in the Drawer)”

Raising God’s Kids (a message to fathers)

A few years back, I spent three days in Galilee. Jesus was raised here. His earthly father Joseph was a “tekton” who made useful things of stone or wood. I am certain a young Jesus must have shadowed Joseph, played with chisels and hammers and dreamed of being a carpenter some day. But things don’tContinue reading “Raising God’s Kids (a message to fathers)”

Church Discipline (and the invention of worship percussion?)

Church Discipline (Fort Worth, Texas, circa 1969) Dad is a southpaw.  There are two files in my memory that verify this fact.  One concerns the fact I could never use his baseball glove.  I could catch with it but I always threw like a girl.  (These days girls throw really well, so I have noContinue reading “Church Discipline (and the invention of worship percussion?)”

Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)

A story called “Harold” seemed to define the first several years of my ministry.  This story is taking its place as my favorite.  Less gritty, more grace.  I must be getting older.  This one is in my new book “Re:member.”   Crazy About Them (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013)   Fridays are normally a dayContinue reading “Crazy About Them (Poop-a-geddon)”