How can failure make you great? Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. There are others you might elevate to that lofty position –Lebron, Magic, or Kobe come to mind among many, but it would be hard to elevate any of them over Michael. He led his team to six world championships and a world record 72-game winning season. He has … Continue reading Is Michael Jordan A Failure?
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time … Continue reading The McDonald’s Connection
Jyn Erso died so that the Rebellion might live. Jyn’s tale of sacrifice and redemption is powerful. The plans she sacrifices her life to get were transferred to the Tantive IV where the diplomatic envoy on board could use their ties to Alderaan to get the plans into the hands of the people who could do the most good with it – the strikeforce gathering … Continue reading The Flaw In Our Gospel
“Sweep the leg.” Johnny hears those words and fear creeps into his eyes as his sensei orders him what to do next. As if sensing his student’s fear, Kreese looks at Johnny and says, “You have a problem with that?” And Johnny, dumbfounded, simply responds, “No, sensei.” Reinforcing his order, Kreese follows up with, “No mercy,” and sends Johnny back onto the mat. Even if … Continue reading The Downfall of John Kreese (part 4 of The True Face of Evil)
Sometimes you find the best ingredients in unexpected places. I love chocolate chip cookies. You can tell because I think this is the third time I’ve opened a sermon with a story about chocolate chip cookies. The mix of brown sugar, vanilla extract and chocolate chips makes my mouth water just thinking about it. And I had been content making my Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip … Continue reading The Chocolate Chip Cookie
Everything you know about Christmas is wrong! Okay, not EVERYTHING. But it’s astounding how much information about the most famous Christian holiday of the year has been lost to “tradition” by Christians. Like the fact that December 25th is not likely to be Jesus’ actual birthday. Especially if he was born outdoors. And although most nativity scenes show Jesus born in some kind of barn … Continue reading The 12 Days of Christmas
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. That is the Bene … Continue reading Fear Is The Mind Killer (part 3 of The True Face of Evil)