Posts from October 2019

Posts from October 2019

October 31, 2019

Dear Friends, So, Kanye is having a moment. I presume you’ve heard what’s going on with the artist who started his career as a producer for Jay-Z, Ludacris and Alicia Keys before he released his first solo album 15 years ago.  Since then, Kanye has earned 21 Grammy awards and sold 140 million albums.  Wikipedia reports that Kanye is one of the most critically acclaimed artists of the 21st Century.   Kanye apparently agrees.  In an interview this week, he said he is…

October 24, 2019

Dear Friends, I think probably the first time I heard the word “holy” was in 1964.  That’s the year the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Yankees in the World Series.  I was eight years old that year, and growing up in a St. Louis suburb, I was a Cardinal fan.  I had dressed for Halloween the year before as Stan Musial.  So I loved when Bob Gibson pitched game seven of the series on two days rest and went the distance, ending…

October 17, 2019

Dear Friends, At the core of any society or culture is a set of shared beliefs about values, ethics and morality. This is why, in spite of efforts to erect a wall between matters of church and state, there will always be an overlap. Every religion in history has addressed issues of right and wrong. In the same way, civil governments establish laws that reflect some set of values. It may be the values of a monarch or of a…

October 10, 2019

Dear Friends, If you knew death was near for you, and you had one final opportunity to make a spiritual deposit in someone’s life, what wisdom would you offer that person? That’s a question I found myself thinking about several years ago as I read through the Apostle Paul’s final letter to his young protégé Timothy.  This letter that we refer to today as 2 Timothy is a plea from the Apostle who is facing death that Timothy would continue to keep…

October 3, 2019

Dear Friends, Are you a nice person? Is that something a Christian should be? Mary Ann and I had a chance to preview a movie that is being released in theaters just before Thanksgiving this year. It’s a new Tom Hanks film called It’s A Beautiful Day. And it tells the story of the impact Fred Rogers (that’s the man most of us know as Mr. Rogers) had on a journalist who wrote a profile on his life in Esquire…