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QTM for 11/29/19: YES, YOU DO
“Hey, you know that song?” “Hmmph?” “Sorry. That one, ah, Christmas song that says ‘I have no gift to bring’? That one?” “Sure. What about it?” “Well, I don’t.” My permanent sense of humor almost bit, but I heard no lightness or neutrality in his tone. It wasn’t a lure. He wasn’t being dark, not … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee for 11/23/19: BAFFLED BY GRACE
The older man sat at a table by himself, two fingers of his right hand casually hooked through the handle of a cup of steaming coffee, and he was thoughtfully looking off into somewhere. His demeanor caught my attention as I laid my stuff down on the table I chose. I’ve been around enough maudlin, … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee, 8/15/19: CAN I DRIVE?
Sunday morning we were singing: “We fall down, we lay our crowns, at the feet of Jesus The greatness of mercy and love, at the feet of Jesus And we cry, “Holy, holy, holy…” We cry, “Holy, holy, holy…” We cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lamb.” The setting is There. We who have walked with … Continue reading
QTMs for 3/8/19: WHO THEN TELLS GOD?
i secretly think my plan for this life trumps God’s. i secretly think my plan for this life trumps God’s. i secretly think my plan for this life trumps God’s. i secretly think my plan for this life trumps God’s. i secretly think my plan for this lif i still secretly thin i stil Okay. … Continue reading
QTMs for Good Friday, 3/30/18: HANG IT ON THE CROSS
There was nothing more hideous and embarrassing than dying on a Roman cross. It’s natural to associate it with all the despair and ugliness surrounding the event of Jesus’s crucifixion. I submit the Cross of Christ as God’s ultimate symbol of love for me. I couldn’t free myself from my habits, my hatreds, my favorite … Continue reading
QTMs for 3/8/18: DRIFT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU STOP PADDLING
The Bible says a lot about the cross. Nowhere does it mention inoffensive. It’s no secret our American culture has for decades been steadily drifting away from God. While that drift out into the depths of Whatever Feels Good has been happening, there’s been just as steady an invasion of philosophies alien to God and … Continue reading
QTMs for 2/26/18: AS I MUSED, I GOT SOAP IN MY EYES
Me, first thing this morning while showering: “Okay, Holy Spirit. What You got for us to write today?” You don’t understand. Have you not noticed all YOUR great ideas hit when you’re washing your hair – in the shower? I started keeping a whiteboard marker over by the mirror, which is the shortest distance … Continue reading
2nd Cup of Coffee, 12/25/17: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT ‘EMMANUEL’?
If you don’t know what Emmanuel means by now, Google it. You haven’t been listening. We all tend to hang a haloed Jesus on the tree. Eye him on an old canvas painted by a 16th Century artist. Or it’s convenient to leave Him forever a needy, shivering baby in countless creches. Those remembrances are worth … Continue reading
2nd Cup for 12/24/17: “CAN WE JUST GET RID OF THE WHOLE JESUS THING?”
“D’oh! I WISH we could just ______________________________!” Really? I’ve often wished God would immediately give “I-WISHers” exactly what they just demanded. Individually. Immediately. Since He alone sees Past-Present-Future all at once, He’s able to pull a Cosmic switcheroo and make everything and everyone around the “I-WISHer” exactly as it and they would be, if they’d … Continue reading