Reflections from the Pulpit: Hard? Yes. Impossible? NO

After a string of average grades, my mother would say, “That’s all right, you get the same diploma as the person who got all of the ‘A’ grades.” It was some comfort and, as I realized, there was a certain truth in what she said. I had no explanations about why I wasn’t an “A” […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: No answer or an answer?

There are a number of variations on “Murphy’s Laws,” those wry comments on why things don’t go well. They point out the uncertainties that frustrate and don’t really provide answers. Some of them speak of why things happen that we don’t want to happen. There will always be n-minus-one parts in stock when you’re wanting […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: Caught not listening or paying attention!

When telling me about her daughter, one mother complained to me “She never listens!” I made a suggestion: “Ask her to tell you what you just said to her.” She did, and it caused the daughter to have to pay attention. It also cost me a small friend, judging by the look I got from […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: That’s going on around us; or what’s inside?

One day at the scene of an accident, a youngster asked me, “Will she be all right?” He was talking about his mother, trapped inside of a car and crying for help as the medics and rescue workers were trying to free her. It would have been tempting to give reassurance, but it also would […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: When the going gets rough: Hard parts and victory

One of the student counselors at the university where I attended spent his time with students who realized that going to college would be a lot of work and much more challenging than high school. He said “I used to tell them that nobody would play golf if the holes were the size of wash […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: When the going gets rough: Hard parts and victory

One of the student counselors at the university where I attended spent his time with students who realized that going to college would be a lot of work and much more challenging than high school. He said “I used to tell them that nobody would play golf if the holes were the size of wash […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: Gifts – God’s offer and a wise request

Years ago Sears Roebuck used to publish toy catalogs at Christmas. I’d get one for my daughter and one year just before Christmas she asked me “What am I going to get for Christmas?” I didn’t know if she had anything particular in mind but guessed that maybe there was something she wanted. I got […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: When people aren’t heard for the wrong reasons; and what to listen for

Somehow I was involved with a discussion on oil consumption when on vacation one year and where I disagreed with the people around me. I don’t remember all of the details, but I remember someone asking me “Where are you from?” I replied that it doesn’t matter where I am from, the points I was […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: A miracle unlike the others? An inward call from God

One member of a congregation I served was a person who accepted a very literal belief of scriptures — with one exception. Miracles did not phase him; they happened just as they were printed in the Bible and to be taken word for word. He was a hunter in his spare time and from a […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: Being determined to get there; and it’s worth it!

While serving in one of the chaplaincies where I am involved, a young person told me, “That looks like fun. How do you get to be the chaplain?” I told him, “Well, first you go to college and then to seminary, then you have to have two years minimum of ministerial experience, then you get […]