Babe Caught Me Unprepared

Babe Caught Me Unprepared

Texas beaches along the Gulf of Mexico stretch far and flat. Long and lonely they offer no resistance to a hurricane’s windy blast or tidal surge. Realizing this, builders perch homes on stilts so the wind and waves will pass under them. For three successive summers Bill and Babe Renfro let my family vacation at […]

Avoid Distractions

Avoid Distractions

Time and again, Jesus reminded his disciples about his and their mission. The day he called his first disciples, they were casting a net into a lake. He told them, “Come, follow me. I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). After violating all cultural mores and speaking with a Samaritan woman at a […]

A liar With Integrity

A liar With Integrity

Ethics is a defined standard of right and wrong, good and evil, like the Ten Commandments. Morality is a lived standard of right and wrong, good and evil. It’s what we say and do an expression of our true ethic. In other words, how we behave expresses what we truly believe, not what we say […]

The Hypocrite

The Hypocrite

Hypocrisy was a big deal to Jesus. I mean in a bad way. Toward the end of his ministry he said this: “Woe to you, scribes, and Pharisees, hypocrites” (Matthew 23:13). “Woe to you, scribes, and Pharisees, hypocrites” (Matthew 23:14). “Woe to you, scribes, and Pharisees, hypocrites” (Matthew 23:15). “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, […]

Reviving Crushed Dreams

Reviving Crushed Dreams

Between childhood and adulthood something harmful happens.  The world, at some point, crushes our childhood capacity to dream we can make a difference in the world. When I turned ten I realized I would never be a big-league baseball player–this is an acceptance of reality. But the world (a system that leaves God out, 1 […]