Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 25, 2020
Here is a true story from Patrick Grilliot: We Uber drivers never know whom we’re going to end up with as a passenger. One day, I was driving over a new bridge, the design of which was very confusing. Completely confounded, I muttered, “I’d love to meet the genius who designed this mess.” With
I am often asked by those with whom I study: “How often is the often?” How often do believers in Christ take communion? The bible does not say: “every Sunday.” Where does it state: “every first day of the week?” I explain it this way.
I share with them one of my job interviews, for a training
As I write this, it’s late May 2020 and this has been one of the strangest years I can ever remember. Much of the year has been taken up with the Wuhan Virus (also called COVID-19, the Corona Virus, and perhaps other names) and the effect on the world’s economy. For those of you reading this in the
Contributed by James Snyder on May 23, 2020
During this time of exclusive lockdown, I and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage have grown accustomed to silence.
Don't get me wrong here. I do not object to noise as long as it's the right kind of noise. However, I do have a good warm feeling about silence. What was that song?
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 18, 2020
This is a transcript of an actual support call to a computer support number:
Me: Thank you for calling —- my name is —- how may I help you?
customer: My new laptop won’t turn on.
Me: Is it plugged in?
Me: Did you plug it in? The battery is probably dead.
Customer: It’s a WIRELESS
Contributed by James Snyder on May 16, 2020
Here in Florida, we have what people call "Love Bugs." I know exactly why they are called “Love Bugs,” but I am not fond of these little critters. Why don’t they just get a motel room?
Being shut down at home for quite a while it is not that exciting. You can only be shut down for so
Its been observed that Singing Together Shapes Community.
***Songs are one way that a community has its identity and one way that individuals find their identity within a community. (therefore old songs –passed on to the next generation- help create community bonds)
Baseball has a song – during
The Leadership Principles of Jesus.
• Jesus was willing to invest in people others would have dismissed.
(Consider the disciples. They were not the “religious” elite, yet Jesus used them to start His church).
• Jesus released responsibility and ownership in a ministry.
(Jesus sent the disciples
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 11, 2020
My cousin was in love and wanted to introduce his bride-to-be to his hypercritical mother. But in order to get an unbiased opinion, he invited over three other female friends as well and didn’t tell his mom which one he intended to marry. After the four women left, he asked his mother, "Can
Contributed by James Snyder on May 9, 2020
During this time of seclusion, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly has spent some significant time binge-watching some of those Hallmark mystery movies. After a while, they all look alike, but my wife loves them, therefore, so do I.
The other night as we were watching, one of
The 20th century...
What if you were born in 1900 - my grandparents for example were born in 1904 in Newfoundland.
At age 14 , World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war.
Later in 1918, the Spanish Flu epidemic kills 50 million people in those two
Contributed by Jerry Cosper on May 4, 2020
It almost brings tears to my eyes when I watch the commercials where the child is growing up and is leaving home for college, or to get married and live in another city. I think about how difficult it must have been for my mom to watch me drive off to college in another city. And then later to
Contributed by James Snyder on May 2, 2020
If confession is good for the soul, I would like to give my soul a little treat.
During this "stay-at-home" phenomenon, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly, have been enjoying our time alone. We certainly have taken advantage of it.
Not too long ago, my wife came up
I would like to tell the story of one of the most famous spite fences in the world. It is, by the way, one of the reasons why privacy fences are often limited to 6 feet.
The story begins with two people. Nicholas Yung, an undertaker, who built a cottage in San Francisco in 1855 with his wife and
The Road to Emmaus
The scene: A table in the Inn in Emmaus – with a big sign on the Table saying “The Good Samaritan Inn in Emmaus”
Luke and Cleopas seated around a Table
Cleopas and Luke start talking:
Cleopas: Luke, Where’s he gone – he was standing right there and puff - He just
Contributed by James Snyder on Apr 25, 2020
For the last five days, I have not been able to sleep nor close my eyes at night. It’s been a nightmare.
During the last four weeks, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly have been sequestered in our home and loving it.
I cannot remember a time in our marriage that we have spent
We used to live in a very nice house which had some live plants near the driveway. One of those plants in particular was a “volunteer elm” and we absolutely hated it. Sure enough, we saw that thing getting bigger—but we didn’t want that to happen. It was out of place!
Somehow, I obtained a can of
Contributed by David Simpson on Apr 20, 2020
I (David Simpson) grew up as part of the spiritual family of Hardwick Christian Church. Along with my parents and sisters, I learned about Jesus and Bible there. I don’t ever remember a Sunday throughout my childhood and into my teen years when I was not in that church building and doing life with
Contributed by James Snyder on Apr 18, 2020
After so many weeks, I haven't been able to keep track of them, one day seems just like the other day. Today reminds me of yesterday, and yesterday may be the same as tomorrow. I know I am used to being confused, but I have exceeded my limit on this time aspect.
The Gracious Mistress of the
Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Apr 16, 2020
When you get saved later in life like I did (I was 36), your spirit gets recreated, you’re all in on this salvation deal, but your flesh is still out there in the world, and it don’t know yet the program has changed.
It’s like when you go on a diet. You stop eating all the ice cream, and donuts