Choices, 2022

My guest blogger kicking off the new year is my youngest daughter, Lauren Drapal. She’s our brain injury survivor. She’s also a successful hairdresser in Kansas City - check out her Instagram @hairlikeaqueen. But first and foremost, she loves Jesus. And she’s a pretty good writer, too. She doesn’t have a blog, but posted this…

Busy, Busy, Busy

What is the most difficult of God's commandments to keep in the 21st Century? No, I'm not talking about the Ten that God handed down on Mt. Zion. They're all plenty hard to keep, some harder than others, but they're not what I'm thinking of here. This is one of the most basic one of…

Give Thanks for 2020? Really?

One of the most difficult commands of the Bible? "Give thanks in all circumstances." 1 Thess. 5:18 Against the daunting backdrop of 2020, this is a real stretch. The usual joys of life - concerts, live sports, plays - all gone. Personal liberties - church attendance, gathering as families, hugging and shaking hands - voluntarily…

It’s All Right to be Little Bitty: Colossians 3:23-24

NOTE: In one of my favorites posts from 2019, here are my thoughts on Colossians 3:23. Fame. In 2019's social-media driven world, it's all about being famous. Today's American culture considers entertainers, sports stars and "influencers" as the only people who are really important. That's why the simple, plaintive words of the old country song…

Priorities

It's fall, y'all! And this time of year, and in this part of the U.S., people celebrate the crisp, cool mornings and the warm, dry afternoons with weekend crafts festivals of all types. And among the wonderful finds at these festivals are various decorations that celebrate our Christian faith. Many are poignant and thought-provoking, some…