We had an interesting Sunday school lesson recently about disciples of John the Baptist. One was Apollos, who didn’t know much, or anything, about Jesus, but was a first-rate preacher. He reminds me of the old description of a fanatic: one who has lost sight of any objective but has redouble…

I was probably 10 or 11 when we visited with a relative one weekend. The family pulled out a deck of cards and I played poker for the first time. My dad was a simple man, and he simply said to me on the drive back home, “Michael, those cards can get you into a lot of trouble.”

​Perhaps the most gut-wrenching aspect of this ministry is watching multitudes of youth abandon the church after high school. While statistics vary, the consensus is that more youth leave the church after graduation than stay (most stats say over 60 percent).

I’ve known a few pastors over the years who seemed to generate conflict, even taking it as a sign of faithfulness to God. Such as the pastor who fired the choir. There was some intrigue going on in music ministry and he simply announced from the pulpit that the choir was toast. I’m unaware o…

The poet Robert Burns didn’t see a tear in the minister’s suit, but he did see a louse on a lady’s bonnet in church, prompting his famous line: “Oh, would some Power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”

I’m convinced many of us are tormented by “what ifs” in our lives. “What if I’d gone to the doctor sooner?” or “What if I’d not driven that route that day?” or “What if I’d been morally stronger?”

Luke 2:52 covers 18 years in Jesus's life. The gospel writer says Jesus grew mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. These are good categories for modern believers to consider as we formulate resolutions.