The Pastor’s Heart 8/5/2022

The “dog days of summer.”  I thought about it as I stood outside talking with someone for a while this morning.  Ever heard that term?  I imagine you have, but if not, you’re in them right now.  Hot.  Humid.  Dry.  Maybe some torrential rain.  Repeat.  Day after dog day.  But did you know there are…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/29/2022

“It ain’t bragging if you can do it.”  So said the Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean.  Bragging.  We all tend to do it to some extent, some more than others.  Some about the old days and the faintly, slightly (and sometimes greatly) embellished high school sports career.  Some about bargains on a car,…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/22/2022

Our church theme this year is one word: “Steadfast.”  We began the year studying it, have sung about it in our services, signed emails and letters with it, and have dropped reminders about it here and there in sermons.  So how are we doing?  The real question is, are we living it?  Are we staying…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/8/2022

It’s true.  It’s always been true.  And the people of the “coasts of Decapolis” said it well.  In Mark 7, they brought a deaf man who also had a severe speech impediment to Jesus for healing.  And the Lord healed him.  That’s when they exclaimed, “He hath done all things well” (Mark 7:37).  Although the…

The Pastor’s Heart 7/1/2022

The Fourth of July.  It’s flags, fireworks, family, and fun.  It’s burned burgers, burned backs, and burned-out bottle rockets.  It’s barbeque, beans, and Boston Pops.  It’s water sports, water slides, and watermelons.  We simply call it “The Fourth,” and everyone knows exactly what we mean.  With a day full of activities, it’s quite easy to…

The Pastor’s Heart 5/20/2022

Today’s the day.  My eye appointment day, that is.  You know how it goes.  Cover one eye and read the chart.  Answer the sometimes impossible question “Is this clearer? – or this? – or this?” and then your best guess.  The bright light, the dilated eyes, and those cool sunglasses.  Then the adjusted prescription and…

The Pastor’s Heart 5/6/2022

She felt forsaken.  Alone.  Ashamed.  You can read her story in 1 Samuel 1.  She bore the cultural stigma of being childless.  Her husband assured her of his love and care, but it didn’t help.  You see, there was the problem of his other wife.  She had borne him children, something Hannah couldn’t do.  And…