The Big Picture

I grew up in a religious silo. I knew nothing about other denominations, what they believed, or how they worshiped. Indeed, when I was young, checking such things out was anathema. But that didn’t stop me. Tell me I can’t read a book, and that’s the first book I’ll...

At-One-Ment

Teaching Medical Terminology for several years forever changed the way I look at words. Not only do I see the entire word, I see it in parts. Greek or Latin word roots, along with various suffixes and prefixes, compose medical terms. The word root tells us the part of...

Horror or Grace?

Given 2023’s events, this may not have been the best year for our Bible study group to take on the Book of Revelation. We know Jesus will return any time, and given the tribulations described in Revelations, people have been predicting his arrival through wars,...

Too Precious to Lose

As a child, I never sang contemporary music in church. There was no such thing in those days. No, I’m more familiar with altars, candles, and organ music on Sunday mornings. “Smells and bells,” describes those traditional church services where incense wafts through...

Preaching Without Words

You can say one thing about my church. The pastors are braver than most, and think waaaay outside the box when it comes to making a point. Lamb of God It was a regular Sunday, and once in our pew, I looked at the altar. Rising from the center, against the wall, rises...

Homely

I like the word “homely.” My dictionary says “homely” means not attractive or good looking. Yet it’s the secondary definition that appeals to me: simple or unpretentious; plain, and finally, characteristic of the home. People value perfection and unblemished beauty,...