• Being a Part of the (Toy) Story, Part 3

    Just over two weeks ago a teaser trailer for the next Toy Story movie was released. On the day I saw it, I altered my scheduled posts because the words of the spork resonated so well with how many people feel about finding a church to call home (let alone find a place to serve within the church). The first post of this brief series spoke to that end a bit by recalling how Jessie had to forge her way into the group known as Andy’s toys (you may read that article here). After watching the trilogy again, I was prompted to list an attribute of how many of the…

  • Being A Part of the (Toy) Story, Part 2

    Last week’s post began a three-part look at how a person choosing to attend and become involved in a church can be a challenging process. This three-part series was prompted by the new trailer to Toy Story 4 which is due to be released next summer. While I do not know the exact premise of the story, based upon the trailer, the movie will include a spork who is trying to find his identity within the group of toys. Last week, I centered on the addition of Jesse to the group. This week, I had intended to focus on the idea of the spork; however, I must admit that having written…

  • Being a Part of the (Toy) Story, Part 1

      By now some of you will have seen the teaser trailer for the next Toy Story movie which is due out next summer. If you have not seen the new trailer, click the link here to go to youtube. Frankly, I knew nothing about the story-line (and now know just next-to-nothing), but the first thing that went through my mind was how much the spork reminds me of the church. Apparently, the story will center around the spork trying to find his identity because, after all, he is not a toy. (More on the spork next week.) The toys within the movie are all well-known to us, and well-known…

  • Armistice!

    Each year, on November 11, most Americans take time to honor our veterans. The day has been known as Veterans Day since 1954. Prior to that, the day was known as Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1919 one year after “the war to end all wars” came to an end which ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. President Wilson declared that all Americans “should be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.” Eight years later, Congress passed a resolution requesting President Coolidge proclaim an annual celebration of the day, and would…

  • Nothing New Under the Sun (Go Vote)

      “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” -Ecclesiastes 1.9   These words were written approximately 3000 years ago by The Preacher (Eccl 1.1; ESV, NASB, etc.; or the Teacher as some other translations use), who many consider to have been King Solomon. Of course, the writer did not mean that the world would not see innovation; rather, the nature of man and of relationships would be unchanging from a birds-eye view. That is true in so many areas, including the one on which I rarely post or comment publicly – politics.…