I had forgotten that David and I went to the same college in Arkansas. That was in the late 60's. At that time I was thinking about job and marriage. How our lives might reconnect over the years never crossed my mind. Years later Bev and I moved to Lubbock, Texas to work with the... Continue Reading →

A Good Day

Sunday morning began at 5:45. By 6:45 I was dressed and ready to leave for Playhouse Merced, our church home. I have a regimen that I complete every Sunday: unlock Playhouse and turn on lights, put out our four outdoor signs, set up greeters table, preach through the morning's sermon, help set up the children's... Continue Reading →

Marketing Non Profits

On Thursday I was dreading the thought of giving up my Saturday. I treasure sleeping in, a slow breakfast, and being lazy for one day. But Jeff from Radio Merced gave me a free ticket to the "Nonprofit Management and Marketing" seminar at Merced College. So the alarm went off at 6:00 AM, and after... Continue Reading →


Whenever I have talked with church planters, a common warning comes from them. It's always something like "Don't surrender your vision to anyone." Many planters warn that disgruntled and baggaged people seek out new churches and attempt to shape them into their own vision. That vision can take the form of a particular kind of... Continue Reading →

The Dollar Store

Saturday night we went to the Dollar Store. It is one of many such businesses in our community. Everything in this store is priced incredibly inexpensive. Bev wanted to buy some inexpensive serving dishes for our Sunday morning refreshments at church. I think that everyone should shop in a Dollar Store or similar establishment periodically.... Continue Reading →

Amazing Grace

Run, don't walk, to see Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilberforce who is credited with abolishing slavery in Great Britain. Wilberforce worked for 18 years lobbying, writing bills, and fearlessly attempting to eradicate slavery from British vocabulary. Slavery was abolished in 1807, and Wilberforced died in 1833. An interesting parenthesis in the Wilberforce story... Continue Reading →


I got a call yesterday from the secretary of an organization I belong to. "Would you send me the information on that new member we just inducted?" I am membership chairman so I keep that information on new members. As I typed the information in an e-mail I noticed that the new member had the... Continue Reading →

Seeing the path

Lead kindly light amid th' encircling gloom; Lead thou me on; The night is dark, and I am far from home; Lead thou me on. Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distant scene--one step enough for me. John Newman penned these words in 1833 when he became ill and stranded... Continue Reading →

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