My mama used to make me go to church when I was a kid. It’s not that I didn’t want to go – I didn’t hate it – but I had other stuff I preferred. A few months ago my mother reminded me of that. She didn’t come out and say it – probably didn’t … Continue reading Mama Said, “Go to Church!”
This past weekend I attended my 40 year high school class reunion, joined by 3 dozen former classmates. We had a great time hanging out, reminiscing and catching up. But there was one brief element that was difficult. I was given the dreadful honor of leading a brief memorial for classmates who have passed away. … Continue reading Are You Sure?
What if the basic premise of life as a Christian that we were taught all of our life is wrong? Like many people, I grew up in church half-listening to what was being preached. After I gave my life to Christ as an adult I started paying more attention to the sermons and even studied … Continue reading My Christian Paradigm Shift
These days the exercise of wisdom has never been more important. We shake our heads when we read reports of people gathering for parties or other activities, defying the government edicts to stay home or shelter in place. It seems that some people don’t consider that the restrictions are meant to blunt the spread of … Continue reading The Way to Wisdom
It has been almost a full week since we all heard the news of the sudden, tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and 7 other souls, as a result of a helicopter crash. By now we have seen or heard about countless tributes, and public displays showing how this calamity has affected people. Prayers … Continue reading JESUS WEPT!
The Plague of Adult Immaturity When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 1 Cor 13:11 I read an article the other day in the Wall Street Journal in which the author … Continue reading GROW UP!
A young man named Andre went to church one Sunday and sat in the last row. Things hadn’t been going well for him since his grandmother passed away a few weeks earlier. After the choir sang a song, the preacher started talking, and Andre listened. Before long something strange began to happen. It seemed like … Continue reading The Journey – Intentional Christianity
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor...” Luke 4:18 Jesus uttered these words in the Synagogue one day to announce his ministry to his hometown. Up to that time, he had grown up as the son of a carpenter, been baptized by … Continue reading Overcoming Poverty
For the past few years I’ve been focusing on being a positive person. I’m sure no one is surprised that this is not easy in our society. There is plenty of bad news and negativity all around us. To add to that burden, the work that I do is centered on handling complaints and negative … Continue reading Be Happy – Don’t Worry
It has been almost 4 years since I originally began publishing The ELL Word blog. A lot has happened in the world since July 2013 and some of those things have been written about on this site. But like going through high school, after 4 years it's probably time to step things up. So I … Continue reading The New & Improved ELL Word!