Posts from May 2018

Posts from May 2018

Shall We Poplar, or Oak? How to Shelter from Storms of this First Life

shall we poplar, or oak?   i hate your guts she yelled at him and slammed the bedroom door, in  an oft repeated, violent scene so typical of marriage gone sour junior now thirteen looks on by day, and hears the fights at night a distressed pantomime of fools parting wrong from what seems right   this war of ours like any other is getting us nowhere fast maybe rather than fumbling who’s right or wrong, it’s time for us to ask ……

Price of Peace

    Price of Peace   other day I talked to a man, confided in me, the devilish plan he’d contrived to be able to say, what was on his mind from day to day   bro, in that house, its hell to pay get that woman to hear what I’ have to say so now I’ve got me a plan, sure enough works, each and every time see as I was racking my brain, what the hell to do,…

Now with a Measured Gait

Now with a Measured Gait Recently as I climbed The library stairs in search of grist for my mill, I felt parts of me that were less: Brittle just a few years ago   These days as I stand to teach, The young people politely quit their chatter, and I appreciate their conviction that: I’m there to help them do better   Politely, I said “beauty before age” To Helen who teaches math, She’s older but I know: She relished…

My Picture in His Pocket

  My Picture in His Pocket As the conversation turned to family and kids the proud salesman flashed a smile, and Whipping out his wallet produced what he considered the thing That made his hard life worthwhile… Here’s my lovely wife, this is Andy, oldest at sixteen, here’s Susan Two years after him, this is Zachary our baby, seven, yup sure makes me proud ‘Course I sure wish I could spend more time at home with them   As God…

Session 6: From the Lord: How to Unfalteringly Trust the God of Harvest

Session Six: From the Lord: Ephesians 6:8c. When a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ commits to serving others, it’s typically only a matter of time before she or he is misunderstood and maligned in spite of the good they’re attempting to accomplish. As a consequence, any and all contributions in the arena of good works has to be accompanied with a consistent awareness of the need to avoid resentment when their good intentions are called into question. People who…

Sharing: Participants on Intro to 7 Strategies

Sharing: Participants on Intro to 7 Strategies for Serving                                           Let’s use a “deep dive”as furnished by Paul’s letter to the church that met in Corinth as our ‘introductory backdrop” to these Seven Strategies for Exemplary Serving. Of course, the reality of “How to experience JOY in Helping Others” is easy to grasp. Putting it into praxis however takes a…

Giving Back, The Art of

The Art Giving Back     May 15, 2018 It doesn’t require much imagination to see how the Fatal Attraction of Philanthropy can go unnoticed. But in sharp contrast, we breathe an easy approval as we watch Bill Gates (and others like him) shine in the artful science of “giving back”. Giving back as he walks away from a university; leaving them millions of dollars to improve the lives of people he’s never again likely to see. We happily appreciate…