Pastor Steve’s Blog

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Two Pockets

The great Jewish theologian, Martin Buber, observed that our spiritual natures have two pockets.  When we reach into one pocket we pull out smallness.  As the writer of the 8th Psalm states: “What is man that thou are mindful of him?” When we reach into the other...

Can You Hear Me Now?

He does it to me every Sunday morning.  What he does every Sunday morning, to the delight of many is, mute me.  He is the sound man (technician) at our church, (we have several and they all happen to be guys),and he always mutes me at the right times.  Muting the...

Grammatically Correct

I need one more club to join like I need a hole in the head.  But I just might sign up.  I'm not sure what the dues are, but perhaps I can afford it.  Some causes are so just and right that the cost is worth it.  I'm talking about joining the Apostrophe Protection...

Shuffleboard, Anyone?

I’ve been thinking about mom a lot lately. I guess it’s because I’ve had lots of funerals for people her age.  Mom is ninety three and doing ok.  She’s in an assisted living facility in Tuscaloosa. When we moved her there a few years ago, we only moved her about a...

A Lady Named Grace

She was named Grace, appropriately I might add. Grace Thomas was her name and in 1954 she ran for governor of Georgia. She had as much chance of winning as I do of making the PGA Champions (Senior) Tour. Fifty four was a big year because, as you might recall, that was...

Watching Paint Dry

Our children have said it, as have yours: “I am bored.” They have said it in the middle of The Nutcracker or in the middle of my sermons. People have creative ways to describe boredom. They say things like: “That was so boring, it was like watching paint dry.” Or “It...

Shopping for Shoes

I went shopping for shoes, but couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I wound up buying something else.  Does that happen to you?  Sure it does.  I remember going to the Squire Shop a hundred years ago and looking to buy a tie.  I got a tie alright.  Charles Willis,...

Ms. Kirby as an Answer to Prayer

The elementary school I attended had just enough students to have two classes for each grade.  So, you might get Ms. So and So or Ms. So and So, and who you got for your teacher was a big deal.  Now, let me preface what I am about to say by noting that I...

Christmas Sweaters

Our daughter was about twelve when she had one of the happiest moments of her, then young life. That was when her mother took a pile of tacky Christmas sweaters to a drop-off for donation. I didn’t hear Natalie say, “Hot diggity dog,” only because she doesn’t use that...

Train Thoughts

A few years ago, a news item caught my eye.  Amtrak’s first high speed train sped through several Northeastern states on a trip from Washington D. C. to New York and Boston.  The Acela Express reached speeds of 150 m.p.h.  The trip from D. C. to New York stopped in...

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