Posts from March 2021

Posts from March 2021

March 31, 2021

Dear Friends, The plot to arrest Jesus and have Him executed had been in the works for many months.  John the Apostle says that from the time Jesus healed the lame man on the Sabbath in John 5, “the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him” (John 5:18).  During the Feast of Booths in John 7, John again says “the Jews were seeking to kill Him” (John 7:1).  The only reason they failed to lay a hand on…

March 24, 2021

Dear Friends, The first time I saw this tee shirt, I said to myself “I need one of those.” I didn’t buy it.  And Mary Ann wants me to add that no one should buy it for me.  I have too many tee shirts as it is.  Some are 20 years old, but they’re still fine and they have sentimental value. The reason I like the tee shirt is because sadly, it captures the evangelical zeitgeist.  We talked Sunday about taking up…

March 17, 2021

Dear Friends, For me, it’s been a week.  Have you ever had one of those? A week when discouragement drains the energy out of you.  A week when you find yourself thinking “what’s the use.”  A week where you wonder if your labor is in vain. And then, when you pull back and take a look at what’s happening in our world, it’s hard to find much in this moment that sparks joy.  Or hope.  It’s easy for your shoulders…

March 10, 2021

Dear Friends, Are you ready?  It’s almost time. Thank you Johnny and Chachi! See you an hour earlier than usual this Sunday!  Don’t forget!  Easter has a way of sneaking up on us, doesn’t it. Unlike the Christmas season, don’t have all the cultural reminders that Easter is on the way.  There are no radio stations playing all Easter music, all the time.  There’s no mention of the coming holiday in TV ads.  Most of us haven’t done much to decorate the…

March 3, 2021

Dear Friends, True confession time.   I wrote this newsletter last Wednesday night.  I put it in the mailbox.  But I never pressed send (insert SMH emoji here). So here’s what I was thinking about last week.  I hope you don’t mind week old bread! I have no recollection of being taught anything about the French Revolution when I was in High School.  I don’t remember it ever coming up in my AP American History class my junior year of High…