College Job Board

College Job Board

Back in my college days I was looking for a job that could get me some money from a short-term commitment.  I had a busy schedule, but I could set aside a day and put some hard work in.  As I walked past the school’s Job Board, a posting caught my eye.  Window washing –…

Life Is Complicated

Life Is Complicated

On April 17, 1790 the American founding father Benjamin Franklin passed away at the age of 84. He had developed a notoriety for his smart turns of phrase and apt proverbial observations. Just a few months before his passing, he wrote a letter to a French scientist named Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, concerned over the doctor’s…

Spiritual Maturity “Self Control”

Spiritual Maturity “Self Control”

  Galatians 5:22-23  “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Last Saturday, my wife and I decorated the house for Christmas. I had to walk outside to the shed to gather the remnants from Christmas’ past for the task….

Training for Godliness

Training for Godliness

If you were to ask my parents what they thought of having a pianist for a son, you’d undoubtedly hear the standard boilerplate response. They both love the fact that I’m a musician and they loved having a house filled constantly filled with piano music. But dig down a little deeper and you’d discover from…

The Traps of the Wicked

The Traps of the Wicked

The wicked have laid a snare for me,but I do not stray from your precepts.—Psalm 119:110 It can be difficult sometimes to place yourself into the lives and the circumstances of the writers of Scripture. You read their words and try with your mind’s eye to imagine the scene. And even if the mental image…

Say No to Self-help!

Say No to Self-help!

Many people take pride in the idea of self-reliance.  There is a common thought that I can take care of things by myself.  The adage, “pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps” comes to mind as one way of explaining the self-reliance principle.  I am a person who likes to be prepared and to think…

God’s True Mirror

God’s True Mirror

Did you know there is something called a non-reversing mirror? A non-reversing mirror, also known as a True Mirror, allows a person to see something as though he were looking directly at it, instead of its mirrored image. I found this idea fascinating. One advertisement described how utterly transforming seeing oneself in the True Mirror…

Doing the Word

Doing the Word

A while back, I came across an article in a 2005 issue of Scientific American. Now, if you’re doing the math, that’s about 15 years ago that I first read this article, but it was such an astounding read that it has stuck in my mind to this day. The article was about a man…

So You Say You Want to Be Humble

So You Say You Want to Be Humble

I can think of several key experiences that have humbled me in my life. Obviously, the first year of marriage comes to mind. If that isn’t a humbling experience for every husband on the planet, then there’s something very wrong with you. That first year is the life-equivalent of racing top-fuel dragsters. You basically go…