Posts from April 2013

Posts from April 2013

“ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN…?”

Journalists in the 1950’s called it the “Red Scare.”  Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy led the charge to root out communist sympathizers during the days of the Cold War. Government employees, educators, union leaders and entertainers were especially targeted. Stories of excessive zeal, false accusations of treason, and ruined reputations abound. In the hearings conducted…

“LET THE CHURCH BE THE CHURCH”

A number of years ago, a fellow named Dwight Ozard observed:  “Fairly or otherwise, American Christianity is perceived as out of touch, viewed at best like the car driving 10 m.p.h. under the speed limit in the left lane with the right blinker on and a tacky bumper sticker (Loving Jesus is not why anyone wants to honk).” Arguing for genuine reform, Ozard proposes some…

THE GOOD FIGHT

In July of 1861, folks in both the North and the South figured on an easy victory in mere months.  Neither the Union nor the Confederacy were truly prepared for the bloodiest war in our history – the Civil War. The history books tell us of the initial enthusiasm and excitement.  General McDowell marched forth from Washington with his 35,000 men, eager for battle.  A…

“NOT WORTH COMPARING”

The Sundays after Easter are called the Sundays “of” Easter.  So today is the second Sunday “of” Easter.  It is as though the ancient church fathers did not want to let go of Easter.  In that little preposition, “of”, is a sermon that every Sunday is to be a little Easter. For Easter Sunday is always followed by Easter Monday.  We head back to work and the weary world and…