Sheldon VanAuken’s Typewriter on which was written A Severe Mercy. I have a small, tattered, beige paperback. It is one of my most treasured books. I read it again every year or so. I was so moved by the story in it that one night in 1987 I picked up the phone and called the […]
I am a social golfer, though the way I golf I’m not entirely sure it is socially advantageous to do so. When I golf it’s usually to spend time with people I love. Or to connect with someone new. Sometimes men can talk better and they are more likely to open their hearts to one […]
I met Darin in my study in about 1987. He wanted to marry one of the girls in our church. His girlfriend Wendy was a Christian. Darin was not. Marrying a believer to an unbeliever is a violation of Scripture. I told him so.
I was sitting in my study working on a project a couple weeks ago when the secretary put a call through from the hospital chaplain. There was a family in need. I man had died. The family had recently relocated here from the south. They were requesting a Baptist preacher. I drove to the hospital […]
I have irritating neighbors. I would so much rather live in the country were you don’t have to worry about neighbors. These people are the worst neighbors we have ever had.
Listen to these classic excuses for not attending church: – I just feel closer to God in the out-of-doors. – I don’t think you have to go to church to worship God. – The church is full of hypocrites. – My parents forced me to go to church when I was young. – I used […]
Harold Hill told me this story himself. He loved to tell it. After he told me the story if he asked me if I had heard it before I always lied and enjoyed watching him tell it again. It was either true or he had told it so many times that he had the details […]
Al and Betty are retired. They have been retired for years and they are spending their retirement years in a unique way. Like many who retire, they bought a travel trailer to rove the county. But unlike many who retire they had no intention of taking it easy.
It’s April tomorrow and we have springtime in our heart at the Pine Street Parsonage.
My son Danny is nine. I coach his little league team. Last night Danny got up to bat three times. He hit a single, triple and grand slam home run. I think he would have made it all the way around even if they hadn’t overthrown third so I say it was a grand slam. […]