It’s either grace or it isn’t

“Tell them,” he said, “Tell them going to the rodeo is against the Bible.”  I was teaching a class at a Navajo church. It was the dead of winter and fiercely cold. The wood heater used to warm the room couldn’t begin to overcome winter’s assault upon the classroom. This was a class on the … Read more

Cardboard Elvis

In an antique store about four miles from where I used to live, Elvis Presley greets you as soon as you step inside. No, he hasn’t quit his job at the car wash in Grand Rapids and works here now. This Elvis is not the real thing, not even one of the many impersonators making … Read more

Big rocks and a small jar, how to get the most important things done

One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers, he said, “Okay, time for a quiz” and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth mason … Read more

9 signs you have lost your religion…and why it may not be as bad as you think

You just might have lost your religion if: You notice you are increasingly inclined to let things happen rather than make them happen.  Religious people always seem to be so stressed. They have, through indoctrination or assimilation with other religious people, developed a sense of what the world should be like and if it isn’t, … Read more