Devotionals

That One Kid

As I’ve probably mentioned, I had the fine opportunity of going to the CentriKid children’s camp this summer at Southwest Baptist University. On the first day, one of the boys--I’ll call him JD--a young man who had absolutely driven me nuts for a year on Sunday mornings, walked up to me.

The Biggest Fan in the Stadium

A few minutes ago, the Kansas City Chiefs won their third game of the season, downing the Chargers in Los Angeles. As the TV crew showed shots of the crowds there in the Chargers’ temporary stadium, we noticed the large number of Kansas City fans (or people inexplicably wearing red and gold) in the stands.

Too Busy to Feel Alone

I have to confess to not being a newlywed, married for 35 years, but at times lately I have had some of those first-married insecurities. You see, over the first 32 or so years that Penny and I have spent together, we did most of our ministry together.

My Diet Plan

A week ago in this space, I confessed to my gluttonous ways. Over the past three weeks, I’ve succeeded in behaving myself, losing in excess of two pounds each week. I’m perfectly happy with weight loss at that pace, which will get me into an acceptable range before the year’s end and right where I want to be before the winter is well advanced.

The 100% Achievement

Since I was telling about an underwhelming student yesterday, let me share with you a guy who has really delighted me. I didn’t get to see what sort of a goal this fellow would set since he was in my Composition II class instead of Comp I. Still, I’m confident that he sets goals.

Mediocre Is Failure

In my Composition I class, I ask each student to formulate a goal that can be achieved during the course of the semester. Each of the papers during the term will be based in some way on that goal, but my favorite part of this approach is to listen to the various goals that students concoct.

My Food Problem

If I were in a twelve-step program, it would be for overeating. My problem with food is simple: I like it way too much. Today, Penny and I had lunch at Pie Five, a restaurant we’d never visited before. I won’t say that their buffalo chicken pizza was the best pie I’ve ever eaten.

The Risk of Days Off

Yesterday I shared how I allowed two-plus years of great progress and discipline to be frittered away. After my top-of-the-stairs realization, I dropped more than sixty pounds. After a year of running regularly, I took on a half marathon, running Hospital Hill in 2014.

Crisis at the Top of the Stairs

About four years ago, I got to the third floor of the building where my office was and found myself huffing and puffing too much to speak with a colleague who crossed my path. It occurred to me at that moment that having allowed my body to get that overweight and that out of shape, I was simply asking for a crisis to come down the road toward me.

Pilgrim’s Destination

Although many of my literature-teaching colleagues don’t recognize it, the first novel written in the English language was John Bunyan’s classic allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress. Whatever its literary failings, Bunyan’s book is a remarkable portrayal of the core of Christian theology in a narrative form. If you’ve never read it, you should.

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