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Gray Haired Saints

October 30, 2014

Last week I spoke at a “Men’s Prayer Breakfast”; actually, there were two women mixed in with the 35 or so men—so let’s just call it a prayer breakfast. This group represents several different churches throughout Tacoma and has been meeting for 43 years. That’s no typo. Every Wednesday except for the occasional holiday that disrupts the week, this group has met. The average age of the attendee has got to be pushing 75. Here’s the flow of the morning. They meet in a local hotel conference room. They are served the same buffet breakfast each Wednesday. It’s overpriced but…

Tired Sermons

October 16, 2014

I’m no movie critic. But I am a pastor. That means I still get to comment on movies. Even though I took a class in college called “Introduction to American Film,” my opinions on plot, character development, cinematography, and the like are, well…no better than just opinion. The pastor in me, however, gets to make comments about such things as the film’s worldview, use of vulgarity, and whether the storyline involves too many scantily clad in the bedroom—stuff like that. I’d like to think I have something of value to say about those kinds of things. The pastor in me…

Toupees and Artichokes

October 2, 2014

Toupees have been around for a long time. Wikipedia says we have archaeological proof man has been putting someone else’s hair on his head since 3,100 BC. They attribute it to the world’s “long-standing bias against balding.” Roman poet Ovid wrote The Art of Love about the time Jesus was born. He wrote: “Ugly are hornless bulls, a field without grass is an eyesore, so is a tree without leaves, so is a head without hair.” It didn’t get any better for the hair-challenged 900 years later. That is when The Arabian Nights was written. A character in that book…

Hats

September 19, 2014

Hats do more than cover up an old man’s bald spot or conceal a woman’s bad hair day. They can designate responsibility. State patrol officers wear a good-sized brimmed hat. I suspect it is this way so the rain doesn’t get in their eyes when they’re writing us a speeding ticket. What I do know is that I don’t want to see that hat getting closer in my side mirror as the officer walks to my pulled over car. We know what a chef’s hat looks like, but can anyone tell us why it is tall, white, and poofy? We…

Give Me Sober

September 4, 2014

Lakewood Church in Houston is the nation’s largest church (43,500 members). The face, voice, and smile (literally) of the congregation are Joel and Victoria Osteen. In a recent message to the mammoth congregation, Mrs. Osteen said: I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we are happy….That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy….So, I want you to know this morning—Just do good for your own self. Do good…

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