The Time Is the Lesson

My dad's nearly 20-year battle with Parkinson's disease ended last Sunday. The pastor who delivered the message at Dad's funeral asked me at dinner the night before, "So tell me, what are some of the lessons your Dad taught you over his lifetime?" Of course, a question like that opened up the floodgate of memories.…

Strength vs. Power

An elderly man sits alone in a room in a skilled nursing facility. He can move around the room in his wheelchair, but he's too frail to walk without assistance, or to do much else. Two younger men walk into the room with him. Over which of the two younger men does the older man…

The Last Wedding

This past weekend, we hosted our third, and most likely the last, wedding reception/rehearsal dinner for one of our kids. As the father of the bride, I had the opportunity, one more time, to welcome our guests and share some thoughts with the kids as well as the friends and family in attendance.  Below is…

Kansas Thunderstorms

Note:  This is a repost of a blog post I wrote in June 2016. The picture above is not a photo of the thunderstorm I wrote about two years ago, but is a dramatic photo of a thunderstorm in central Kansas taken earlier this week (June 2018). -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   On my way in to work…

Peace

So this is how the big city folks do it. I’m on a train from Kansas City to Chicago. Right now, I’m in a quiet coach car. Everyone is either reading, sleeping, or in the observation or dining cars, and I now have time, in the morning when I’m fresh, to do some writing.  I…

The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

For my #ThrowbackThursday offering, here's a Maundy Thursday post, originally published last year.  This lesson is one all Christians, and especially Christian leaders, need today more than ever.  May you all have a blessed Easter! #  #  # Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that…