An Ode to the Missionary

The preacher's mind might be easily wearied. The heart of a servant may always be aching, and the feet of a minister are always ready to rest. But God’s missionary, in the white fields of an ever-booming harvest, while he longs for a better country, a heavenly one, he settles for a receptive heart and... Continue Reading →


A Church in the Rough

If you are lucky enough to be married, you will be wearing a wedding ring. The band will be gold or platinum or another precious metal. If you are a wife, you will have set as the center piece of your ring, a small, rare, expensive, and hard to manipulate stone called a diamond. At... Continue Reading →

The Hammer that Split the Church

Golden leaves whirl and twist as they descend upon the wet grass. A cool breeze from the north reminds the trees that winter is only a moment away. The first signs of Fall are here, and the last vestiges of a bountiful Summer are disappearing. As life leaves the green trees, the decorous yet somber... Continue Reading →

Strength in numbers

On a blustery, overcast morning, standing in a cold, Irish field, three big men stand shoulder to shoulder with their arms locked and they bend ninety degrees looking at three equally large men in like formation. Two more, almost as big as the first, step behind them and take hold of the legs of the... Continue Reading →


Step into the Louvre in Paris. Walk to the art gallery on the left and stand about five inches away from the Mona Lisa. Do you know what you will see? Paint, you will see five-hundred and eleven-year-old paint. That is, of course, not what you came to see but that is what you will... Continue Reading →

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