Fog rolled into our coastal community last week.  I walked in the early morning onto the wooden access ramp and looked out toward the beach, but couldn’t see the ocean.  It was a bit eerie because the sound of the pounding surf was deafening, so it was obvious that the ocean — a mere hundred […]

For the New Year

Maybe 2017 was a wonderful year for you, filled with health, happiness, bounty and prosperity.  Perhaps you felt like the psalmist David, so overwhelmed with the blessings of God that he could barely contain himself, singing: “From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy” (Psalm 65:8 NLT). And amid those […]


While hiking in the Nevada mountains over Christmas, I came upon a stand of Western White Pines.  Included were a couple of individual trees that grew so close to each other that they fused together over time.  The tops of each tree remained separate, but the base and first 7 feet or so of each tree […]

Promises, Promises

During Advent, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, that is, the Messiah. The promise of the Messiah is a fascinating read in the Old Testament, filled with odd and intriguing phrases, scattered among the writings of different authors over two millennia. The various prophecies sometimes had application to the immediate […]


None of us gets to choose our ancestors, but many are nonetheless fascinated with learning the details regarding our forebears.  One of the hottest gifts this Christmas season is a “23andMe” DNA kit, promising to reveal all kinds of surprises about who I am and where I come from, and not in any metaphysical sense:  […]

Christmas Peace

Our Christmas decorations are out and up, and man was that a lot of work!  The tree was purchased, white lights were strung (inside and out), wreaths with red bows were hung, and the multiple nativity scenes were set up on book shelves, table tops and credenzas. Our holiday pillows were thrown, candles placed, garlands […]

Clean Again

My wife, daughter and I are doing a “juice cleanse.”  We just couldn’t live with ourselves and how are bodies felt after four days of Thanksgiving excess.  Sure, we had 37 family and friends for the big meal, but two large turkeys and two whole hams? Plus all the fixins’? And 10 pies? After several […]

Thanksgiving Eve

On the eve of Thanksgiving, in the last few quiet moments we will experience at my house for the next several days— before the kids return home from school or their working lives, before my sisters and their families fly/drive in from distant places, before I see my Mom, and my Dad and his wife […]


While driving through Taylor County in North Central Florida, my eyes were drawn to a large sign advertising a “Fusion Buffet”, which struck me at first as a little progressive for this rural area.  It shared a pedestal with a sign for a motel, and beneath the headline of the sign were smaller words that […]

Redemption Song

My favorite stories are those of redemption, and I am sure that I’m not alone.  Think of great movies you’ve seen or books read, and chances are they involve one or more flawed characters who are faced with an opportunity to play a part in something bigger than themselves, like saving another person or even […]