“You’ve been given a gift, this profound connection to everything. Just look for it, and I promise you it’s there, the collateral beauty.” – Madeleine, “Collateral Beauty” Movies often entertain, but every so often you will come across a film which really makes you think. If you’re a poetic soul who loves to ponder […]Read more "P – The Philosophical Perspective on Love & Death in “Collateral Beauty”"
“Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!” – Lady MacBeth, from “MacBeth” by William Shakespeare In one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever penned, Lady MacBeth tries to cleanse her hands of blood, even in her sleep. Though she and her […]Read more "O – “Out, Damned Spot!”: The Lady MacBeth in Each of Us"
“They kept it up to the very end. Only the engulfing ocean had power to drown them into silence. The band was playing ‘Nearer My God To Thee.’ I could hear it distinctly. The end was very close.” – Charlotte Colyer, Titanic Survivor On this very day precisely 105 years ago – April […]Read more "M – Music of Mercy: Echoes from the Titanic"
“If there’s a recipe for success in life, it starts with picking the right ingredients.” – Anonymous A recipe is every bit as unique – and just as intensely personal – as a portrait painted by hand. Each family has their own “take” on classic recipes, and when someone shares a favorite dish […]Read more "J – Jazz Up Your Breakfast with a Julius!"
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 As a parent I genuinely hope that I’m passing on the right kind of lessons to my children. Sometimes, however, they end up […]Read more "Motivating Monday -The Good Road"
“See caring ministry as Incarnational.” – H.B. London The mind-numbing monotony of our daily chores can sometimes make tackling our Monday mornings feel like making the harrowing climb to the peak of Mt. Everest. The key is to find deep meaning in all we do – even the small stuff. In other words, we need […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Incarnational Service"
“A visually-oriented culture needs a visually-oriented church if it is to evangelize effectively and to give the congregation a culturally up-to-date experience.” – John E. Skillen From the beginning, great art has always been inspired by religion and religious ceremonies have been greatly enhanced through worshipful art. It is a relationship which simply makes sense, […]Read more "Putting Art (Back) In Its Place… A Book in Review"
Photo Credit: Hope by Martin Grommel We’re officially three weeks into the school year, and things have become more hectic than ever. After losing two school directors in four months, having the school vandalized, and having a water line burst and flood one of our buildings in six inches of water, it’s been a […]Read more "Finding Hope in the Darkness"
“Stand firm in the LORD” – I Peter 5:9 Our market-driven culture has trained our hearts to be discontent, and most of us will spend our lives constantly trying to dream more, to do more, and to be more. We all fall into this trap. While our efforts to succeed may very well motivate us […]Read more "Steady Standing"
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. An admitted Trekkie, I went into official mourning last week as my wife and I watched the concluding […]Read more "What I Learned from “Star Trek Enterprise”"