The difference between music and noise is rhythm. That’s true whether you listen to hip hop or hymns. Beyond the notes and scales and measures, the basic idea of tempo is so critical that there are more than sixteen different Italian words for the pace of a melody. Allegro makes the heart race with joy, … More The Mad Dash for Last
“Is there a shark in the water? What’s everyone looking at?” The spectators on Panama City Beach were transfixed by the unfolding horror of an entire family being swept out to sea. Nine members of the Ursrey family had been caught up in a powerful riptide and cast helplessly into fifteen feet of dark, turbulent … More Nobody Dies Here Today!
When 22 people died outside a concert hall in Manchester, England, the media coverage was wall to wall. The cry went up that something must be done! Journalists followed the investigation. Press briefings were scheduled regularly. With broken hearts, we pored over color photographs of the victims, many of them only children, and we … More Don’t Look Now, But…
One of my favorite “true” stories is certifiably true. I had wondered about it over the years but I never managed to find any evidence for or against. Then recently it was confirmed by Snopes.com. How do you explain this? The choir at West Side Baptist Church met religiously for rehearsal on Wednesday evenings at 7:20. So … More Do You Believe in Miracles?
Our beloved battle hymn foresees the Lord returning to trample “on the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.” Well if that’s a fair description of the end of time, then surely we have arrived. Those bitter grapes are everywhere, indeed, the world is a vineyard. Without a doubt, we are awaiting the last … More Don’t Get Mad, Get a Life
Millennials are truly the generation that gets no respect. Everyone seems to agree they are entitled, cynical, and obsessed with their image on social media. What’s more, they do strange things with their hair, run away from commitment, and are confused about sexual ethics. (They also like selfies too much, but don’t pretend you don’t.) So I … More God Likes Millennials
Kids take the winding path when adults choose the short cut. Children wish they could make time move faster, but grown ups want to slow it down. Little guys would rather play than eat. Big people want their meals on time. And none of those distinctions were in the mind of Christ when he coached … More Childlike Faith vs Childish Religion