If you ask Howard Thompson why he wears cowboy boots with his suit, he’ll tell you about growing up in Stigler, Okla. But if you ask him about his passion in life, he will tell you about being a pastor. On Jan. 26, Howard Thompson will preach his last sermon as pastor of Burlington Assembly, … Continue reading Thank you, Pastor Thompson
Many of us were given nicknames by siblings or friends when we were young, most of which were not complimentary. “Bucky” comes to mind from my pre-orthodontic days. We still tend to identify people by their flaws or failures, but not always. You will find the remarkable story of a man in the Bible whose … Continue reading Leaders are made, not born
I have asked my college students this question for several years, sometimes for extra credit in a quiz, sometimes just in conversation: “When the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621, to whom were they giving thanks?” The answers I get never cease to amaze me. Of course, the No. 1 answer every year is, … Continue reading Turn your heart toward Thanksgiving
In his book, “Love Does,” Bob Goff writes, “I get paid as a lawyer to collect information and memorize facts, and I’ve gotten really good at it.” What I realized about my faith is that I was doing just that, collecting information and memorizing things about God. I collected pictures and gathered artifacts and bumper … Continue reading Don’t be a stalker: Do the Bible
He’s had a tough day at work, with deadlines to meet, the boss on his case, clients unhappy about anything and everything. On top of all that, he’s not sleeping well because of stress, and he’s gained 15 pounds in three months because, well, he just owes it to himself to eat what he likes. … Continue reading Expectation is premeditated resentment
In his classic, "Preaching and Preachers," Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes, "The New Testament preachers, the Apostles, did not have to go round the houses and urge people to come to the services. The difficulty confronting the Apostles was to send them home!"