Every Word a Gift

As a pastor and church leader for twenty years, I have come to believe that many of our problems come back to this—we just don’t know how to talk to people. I am often amazed to sit in a room with a group of people who all agree on the basic fundamentals of an issue and all hope to see…

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Does Hell Know Your Name?

Out of sheer boredom I just read an article online listing several celebrities who actually used the line, “Don’t you know who I am?!” One was arrested for DUI, another was kicked out of a concert for trying to access the VIP area without a badge, and another was thrown out of a bar for being disruptive. When the authorities…

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Christmas Nativity (John 1:12-13)

I think, before your HOA allows you to put up a Christmas Nativity set in your yard, there should be a mandatory refresher course on who, exactly, should be included in the scene. Our neighbors a couple of streets over (“bless their hearts”), they’re trying so hard. They’ve got Mary, Joseph, little baby Jesus, shepherds, wise men, cows, goats, alpacas,…

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Christmas Presents (John 1:14, 10-11)

What is the best Christmas present you ever received? I guess I can’t say for certainty in my years which was the “best,” but I can say that there is one Christmas present I received over twenty years ago that I still use regularly and have no desire to replace anytime soon. Mom and Dad gave me a Callaway Hawkeye…

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Christmas Lights (John 1:1-9)

The Wolfes love Christmas lights. We’ve never gone full-blown Griswalds, but we have definitely been close a couple of times. Most years Vanessa, the boys and I line our roof and driveway with red and white lights. We infuse the bushes with white strands and set up a couple of Christmas trees on the lawn. We have been known to…

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