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Harvey Browne is closed today, Tuesday, January 16. All activities and meetings have been cancelled.
Late in August, my wife and I attended a conference at Montreat on Transitional Ministry. One of my best friends, Dee Wade, and I had decided to attend the conference because it was supposed to help us deal with change in the church. It was a good conference and I really felt helped in dealing with this whole issue of rapid change in the culture and the church. However, as I reflect on the conference I may have failed the course the first day. Let me explain. My wife and I were staying in Assembly Inn, which has recently been renovated....read more
A number of people have died who were very significant to my development as a pastor and, I’d like to think, as a human being. At the risk of leaving someone out, I would highlight the deaths this year of Fred Craddock and Charlie Cousar and in recent years John Coffin and Shirley Guthrie. I began thinking about them recently as I read a David Brooks column in the New York Times. Brooks posits that there are two sets of virtues: resume virtues and eulogy virtues. Resume virtues are those that enable you to find a job. Eulogy virtues are...read more
In her book, Pastrix, Nadia Bolz Weber writes, “As a teenager I loved how I looked in the outfit of using drugs and exercising poor judgment. I had tried it on, spun around in the mirror, and decided I would choose this look, this image, this identity. But eventually and without realizing it, the ability to choose had gone. I had become what I had pretended to be. “When you can’t control something—like how if I take one drink all bets are of no matter what motivation I have for controlling myself—it’s easier to arrange a life in which it...read more
This morning in our weekly staff meeting, as a part of the devotional, we were asked what sounds we associated with Christmas. As I reflected on that question it sent me on a bit longer journey. What are the sights, sounds and smells that we associate with Christmas? As I child, I recall walking into my Grandmother Roper’s house at Christmas time. There would be a wreath on the front door and greenery throughout the house, so naturally it smelled like cedar. Her house had a very long hall with three bedrooms, a bathroom and a screened-in...read more
My daughter-in-law, Leslie, sent us an email the other day sharing what happened on our grandson Jordan’s second day of school. She said that only a few days earlier she had been lamenting all the paperwork involved in enrolling him in kindergarten. They live very near the school so she was walking him to school on his second day. She reported that he looked up at her with a big grin and said in a joyful voice, “I wonder what we get to do at school today?” I cannot speak for everyone but when out children were young, it occurred to me that...read more
The Good News about the bad news is that people say they go to church more than they really do, according to recent research. That’s right, people lie about how much they go to church. The other night Jimmy Fallon told a joke about a man who was arrested for stealing a Bible from a bookstore. When the man was arrested the police officer said, “Don’t you know the Bible says, ‘Thou shalt not steal?” and the man said, “Don’t give away the plot before I read the book!” Yes, friends, truth is stranger than fiction. But there is some good news...read more
How secure do we really want to be? My wife called me from Chicago a few days ago. She is there to help with our daughter’s new baby. She is enjoying herself but her different location is causing issues. Needless to say, there is an acute concern these days with credit card theft and identity theft. She already had her identity stolen about a year ago. She recently paid a bill and inadvertently sent the payment with her old credit card number on it rather than the new number she had been issued after the identity theft. What a hassle!...read more
It was Sunday afternoon and my wife told me that someone from Cedar Lake Lodge was going to be coming for a clothing pick up on Monday. She asked if I had anything that I wanted to donate, so we both headed upstairs to check our closets. We found a number of items. Then I decided to check the closet in the study that only I use. Imagine my shock when I found four pair of what looked like new pants. I have lost some weight, so I decided to see if I could wear them. I was thrilled to discover that I could. Then I said, “But how did those...read more