News Archive for 2016


February 8, 2016

 When you look at the ashes in the bottom of the fireplace, there is no way to think of them as having any life at all. Spent, burned, useless, finished, dry – those are the words you might use to describe them. When a pastor or priest puts ashes on...

February 1, 2016

We stopped at an Olive Garden restaurant to get dinner.  I asked for pasta with olive oil and a side of garlic that I could put all over it.  I love garlic.  Later that evening while giving my wife a hug, she crinkled her nose and politely but firmly told...

January 25, 2016

 Any time someone examines you, it feels scary. The auditor shows up and you feel scrutinized, under the microscope, somewhat frightened, and intimidated. The teacher examines your knowledge of the last chapter of the text; the police officer points the radar gun at your car; the supervisor comes to examine...

January 19, 2016
 

 The City of Santiago, Chile lies in a valley surrounded by mountains. It’s a great “bowl” that collects smog and holds it in place like few others. When it rains and the smog is washed away, the scene is stunning. Otherwise, you wouldn’t know there are mountains around –...

January 11, 2016

 As you begin this year, you can be sure it will be full of challenges, twists and turns. In some cases, you may experience strife and hard times. The thing that will make those times more than a frustrating, hurtful time in which you retreat into defensive reaction, is the...