Between You and God

By Edgar Twedt “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be…

Tashi Deley!

    By Lance Mayes This sign is at Leah’s elementary school. They a Leader in Me Lighthouse school (www.theleaderinme.org) based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. What would happen if we lived this: as we greet people we honor the greatness in them? What if we told our children they are destined…

Jury Duty

By Garrett Vickrey I was summoned. In church life you’re called, but to civic duty you‘re summoned. Jury duty. I had never been ‘summoned’ before. But, I was ready to represent myself as a responsible citizen, ready to participate in the justice system by casting a vote on a jury. Okay, so my expectations may…

Living the Book

By Edgar Twedt In “The Book of Eli” Denzel portrays a wanderer in a dark, post-apocalyptic world.  He is protecting a book which he carries as he walks westward toward the ocean.  It’s a complicated and violent film to which Roger Ebert gives a sort of yes and no review.  There are many interesting (if…

Many Ways

[youtube height=”315″ width=”560″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdAZ79AhcfY[/youtube]   By Nikki Blair Last week for my birthday I received a gift that every 39-year-old dreams of. Or maybe just every person who was 4 in 1978–if it still were 1978. That is: an album of Mr. Rogers songs. Okay, it’s not 33-rpm vinyl like it would have been in ’78; it’s…

Memory

By Glen Schmucker She wanted to know if she could be baptized – again.  It’s not the strangest request I ever faced as a pastor.  In fact, it was heart-wrenching. Strange is what happened to my dear friend, Bud.  The widow asked if he would sing “Jingle Bells” at her husband’s graveside service.  “It was…