Posts from January 2021

Posts from January 2021

January 27, 2021

Dear Friends, Does it surprise you that when God gave the Ten Commandments to Charlton Heston (you have to be of a certain age to get that), that along with commandments having no other gods before Him, not bowing to idols, and prohibitions against murder, theft, adultery and lying, He includes a commandment about coveting?  It’s the last commandment on the list.  Thou shalt not covet.  And compared to what’s come before, it may seem like God was running out of really…

January 20, 2021

Dear Friends, I sat this week with a friend whose marriage has hit an icy patch.  It’s skidding.  And he was frustrated. We talked about better communication and learning to resolve conflict more effectively.  But at some point, I said “you know what I think the core issue is, right?  If you want to see real, long term change in your marriage, you’ve got to address your relationship with God.” I thought back on our conversation later that day.  Had I been clear? …

January 13, 2021

Dear Friends, More than a decade ago, I spent a fascinating two hours talking to a World War II veteran named Ed Harrell.   That was the day I learned about the Japanese submarine that attacked and sank the USS Indianapolis in middle of the Pacific Ocean in July of 1945. More than 800 sailors died as a result of that attack.  Ed was one of the 316 men who survived, after spending four days drifting at sea. The conversation was…

January 6, 2021

Dear Friends, I wish I had a better idea of what to say today.  In this moment. Social media doesn’t help.  People who have been lobbing their 280 characters back and forth at each other for years now are tossing verbal hand grenades with renewed vigor.  Maybe it cathartic for them.  But hand grenades don’t bring healing.  Or hope.  That’s not what they’re designed to do. We are all weary.  Depleted.  No reserves left to absorb another body blow.  Between news of spiking virus…