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

Bogged down in details or seeing the true message? Telling stories or relating accounts of events will often bring variations. One of the exercises about carrying information was having a group form a circle and one member would start off with an account of something that happened; e.g. an auto accident. He would tell the […]

Reflections from the Pulpit

Healers and experts: local and distant I’ve heard about the “placebo effect” for some time. If you believe the medication will work, then it will work; and if you don’t believe, then it won’t work. Obviously, that’s not one hundred percent; but there is enough healing, or lack of healing, that takes place because of […]

Reflections from the Pulpit

Upsets: God’s design and our part in it It’s easy to say “Don’t be anxious” or “Don’t be upset” and not really understand another person’s pain even if we’re well-meaning. We’ve all heard about walking in another person’s shoes before criticizing, and I’ve been tempted to say “I understand” when maybe I really don’t understand. […]