Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pushing buttons and boundaries

When Jesus began pushing boundaries, he also started pushing buttons, and the beginning of his ministry was almost the end of him. Nazareth’s favorite son had a pretty good reputation by the time he returned home – he “was praised by everyone” (Luke 4:15) – and he delivered a pretty good message. But popular opinion […]

Body building

Following his famous 1938 meeting with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler in Munich, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned home holding up a piece of paper and declaring “peace in our time.” Within a year the British fleet mobilized and the evacuation of London began, Nazi Germany launched its blitzkrieg into Poland, and World War II […]

Stone jars

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee (John 2:1-11). Six stone jars: fairly large; impervious to contamination; necessary equipment, if people were to maintain the tradition of the elders and practice their faith, if they were to keep their relationship with God alive and healthy; so familiar, people hardly thought […]

Name calling

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Most of us know that children’s expression, so often used when hurtful words are hurled in childish ways. Most of us have probably used it at one time or another. And most of us also know it’s not true. Words do hurt. […]

At the gate of the year

In the dark, uncertain days of late 1939, shortly after the outbreak of World War II, England’s King George VI sought to encourage his nation in his Christmas message. In his radio broadcast he read from a poem by a little-known American teacher at the London School of Economics, Minnie Louise Haskins. The poem began: […]

Burnt mill in Perry County, Missouri

A recent post by my first mentor in photograhy, Ken Steinhoff, reminded me of this painting of an old mill in Perry County, Missouri, not far from my hometown. The stone mill was built in the 1850s to replace one destroyed by a flood, and it burned in 1866. The painting was done by my […]