In A Nutshell | June 10, 2022

What a Day for a Daydream!  Enjoy! Nutshell (June 12): What a Day for a Daydream!  As the turbulent decade of the sixties came to a close, more and more pop-rock groups released mellow, peace-seeking songs, among them John Sebastian’s composition, “What a Day for a Daydream,” performed by Sebastian’s group, The Lovin’ Spoonful.   The tranquilContinue reading “In A Nutshell | June 10, 2022”

In A Nutshell | June 3, 2022

Adapting to Change Believe it or not, the last known telephone booth in America was removed from the corner of a busy intersection in New York City late last month. One would have thought that pay phones would have disappeared long ago, and for the most part they did, but the one in New YorkContinue reading “In A Nutshell | June 3, 2022”

In A Nutshell | May 27, 2022

What Can the Church Do? Here we sit, fewer than two weeks after a mass shooting in Buffalo, and we are mourning another horrific tragedy — made even worse by the fact that almost all of the victims were young children. Loss of life brings sorrow at any age, but when children are the onesContinue reading “In A Nutshell | May 27, 2022”

In A Nutshell | May 20, 2022

Exercising Caution at Life’s Crossroads Have you ever cruised through a yellow light at an intersection? Of course, most of us have at one time or another. Sometimes, the changing light catches us off guard, and we have no choice but to proceed through the intersection. Other times, we are in a hurry, so weContinue reading “In A Nutshell | May 20, 2022”

In A Nutshell | May 13, 2022

Faith Over Foolish Superstitions Are you superstitious? Some people are over the top in that regard. Others pay little or no attention, but because today is Friday the 13th, perhaps we could take a look at what it is that causes us to avoid broken mirrors, cracks in the sidewalk, and walking under ladders. WhenContinue reading “In A Nutshell | May 13, 2022”

In A Nutshell | May 6, 2022

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes Empathy is a powerful human emotion, but none of us really knows what it is like to “walk in another person’s shoes.” It becomes even more difficult when we try to imagine what it’s like to travel about with no shoes at all. Most of us have at leastContinue reading “In A Nutshell | May 6, 2022”

In A Nutshell | April 29, 2022

Surrendering to the One True Superhero I was never really a big fan of the Marvel Superhero Comic Book series, although several of the guys in my neighborhood were voracious readers of the franchise. In fact, one of them was a talented artist and even created his own storylines. As for me, I preferred toContinue reading “In A Nutshell | April 29, 2022”

In A Nutshell | April 22, 2022

Worth a Visit Life in ministry brings all sorts of responsibilities — one of the most important of which is visitation. Whether someone is housebound, hospitalized, in an assisted-living facility, grieving, or imprisoned, pastors are expected to visit, encourage, provide companionship, and lift up others through scripture and prayer. These types of visitation are oftenContinue reading “In A Nutshell | April 22, 2022”

In A Nutshell | April15, 2022

Strangers in the Night One never knows who or what might be encountered in a church parking lot, especially after dark. Here at Oak Chapel United Methodist, which sits at the confluence of two busy roadways, we’ve had crows, cats, and all kinds of other critters, but we’ve also had visits from a wide rangeContinue reading “In A Nutshell | April15, 2022”

In A Nutshell | April 8, 2022

What Happens When Something Spills? We’ve all heard the old saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” What it means essentially, is that there’s no reason to be upset about something that has already happened and cannot be changed. Ha! Easier said than done. There are countless examples in life when we spill something — literallyContinue reading “In A Nutshell | April 8, 2022”

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