Smaller Portions in 2014, Please

Over Christmas, I saw, Philomena, a well-done movie of evil masquerading as good, the need for closure, the temptation for revenge, and the freedom of forgiveness. Major human life themes combined with great acting: compelling and captivating. The story revolves around an Irish woman trying to find her son, adopted nearly 50 years before.  When…

Sleep, Teens, Church and School

I was in conversation with several of the young teens at the church tonight during the time I teach them worship skills as a part of our midweek program.  We were talking about what it takes to keep them engaged in worship and how easily they became distracted. In conversation, I began to ask them…

Do You Want To Be Made Well?

Do you want to be made well? Jesus asks this question of a life-long disabled man, someone unable to assume the duties and responsibilities of normal adulthood. He had lived thirty-eight years as a hopeless beggar, waiting for a miracle. Jesus asks,”Do you want to be made well?” Surely he would answer, “Yes, of course.”…

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Sleep.  We all need sleep.  Several health articles hit the news this week about the necessity of good sleep, particularly for adolescents and for the elderly.  Teens who compromise their sleep also seriously compromise their ability to learn.  And because the wisdom that goes with age has yet to be developed, they are not able…