Words From A Good Old Man-1

     We are blessed, really blessed, here at West Hobbs Street to have a congregation with great people from all age groups. We’ve got everybody from babies who cannot walk yet to folks who have to be a little careful with their walking and everything in between. We have people who regularly run super long distances to those who just take pride in putting up their own cart at the store. We are thankful for everybody here.

Wanting What Can Never Be

     A civil society cannot function based on principles that cannot be true. If a culture is to exist it has to have within it the means to allow that existence. Fundamental among those means is that it be founded in reality and not fantasy. The problems we face in this life would diminish if more of us would embrace certain realities.

It Is Time For The New Year

     As we all know God is not tied to time (2 Peter 3:8). But it is clear that He made us creatures that are tied to time. He put the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky so we could keep up with time. A few years ago someone left a very nice sundial on our front porch. I’ve never been able to find out who did it but it is a neat thing. It keeps good time! And it reminds me of how masterfully the Lord arranged this life and the entire universe.

Another Blessed Year

     This is the last of our bulletin articles for 2017. It is certainly true that the older we get the faster time goes by. In this last article Ginger and I want each of you to know how much we appreciate the support and love we receive from the members of the congregation here at West Hobbs Street.

The End Is Near!

     I remember seeing signs on the roadside with “The End Is Near” written in a white paintbrush font on a dark background that made the words look like a promotion for a science fiction movie. I learned later that the signs were probably put up by religious people who believed that the Lord was about to return just any minute. Of course, Jesus was rather clear on the subject of the timing of His return and thus the end of time in Matthew 24:36; “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

How Do You Do What You Do?

     How do you do what you do? Perhaps you’ve asked your wife or your mother this question during the hectic Christmas season. Maybe you asked your dad this question when it dawned on you how hard he was working to keep the family going. And then there are the super busy kids at school or a teacher (if you are a kid in school) or the people you work with every day that seem to just “get things done.” Isn’t it amazing what some folks are able to do?

Just a Little Light

     One of the things we found ourselves doing a number of times when our boys were young was going underground. We went to Ruby Falls and Cumberland Caverns and a big underground lake with albino fish. There was a common element to each experience. At some point the guide would shut off all the lights and show us how dark it was underground. This was accompanied by nervous cries from some of the children (not mine). After our eyes had become accustomed to complete darkness the guide would then light a candle or turn on a small flashlight.

How Do We Know?

     Way back when I was being encouraged to study church history I found that a man named John Locke (who was born in 1632 in England) had substantial influence on the study of how people come to know what they know. I think my first exposure to him came in a class at Freed-Hardeman in connection with some of the Restoration Movement preachers in the 19th century. Later I read most of his philosophical work and his own comments on the reasonableness of Christianity. He meant by that expression that Christian faith was rational, in which he was correct (see John 8:32).

A Thankful Attitude

     The uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Like many of my compatriots I love Thanksgiving for many reasons, chief among which are the family getting together and, of course, the food. There is just something about the turkey and the dressing and the cranberries and all of the other nap inducing delicacies that come along this time of year. It is just great.

Moral Adventurism

     Like my chronological peers I came of age in a time of tremendous societal change. One of the primary areas of that change was the realm of sexual morality. People were questioning what was right and wrong that area of behavior. Probably half the population (the male half) took the position that there was no right or wrong.