It happened again. Sometimes you find the strangest things when you are looking for something else. I was cleaning up some computer files today, deleting this, moving that, editing and saving something else and I stumbled across a file that is obsolete, misplaced and hard to let go of. It’s a note I left for … More Back in 1996 She was Just Eleven Years Old
One of the delights of being the pastor of my current church is the maturity and wisdom of our people. I have never been involved with a church which had so many men and women with advanced degrees in Bible and Theology. At last count, I am aware of 8 other men and women in … More A Summer Book for Parents
Despite the title, this is not a blog that is either pro or con on gun control. My position on the issue is irrelevant. This video reveals a MUCH bigger problem at the escalation of the shootings, stabbings, fights and overall violence in our culture. When children are allowed to do these things to other … More A Much Bigger Problem than Gun Control
I was driving back from Illinois in a rented truck to my new home in South Carolina. Talk radio and country music stations were all I could get and I was tired of both. So I turned the radio off and started praying for my kids and the kids of a former staff member from … More What if Teardrops are Blessings?
We had just approved our next budget with a unanimous vote and voted on our new elders. The pot-luck supper was in full swing and the Q and A with the new pastor (that would be me) was drawing to a close. There was time for just a few more questions. Then it came. “What would … More A Haunting Question from My New Church
The Poetry Project Continues Poems for Psalms (Part of the “Poetry Project”) Suggested by Psalm 127 In December of 2009 or thereabouts, my son, Marty Schoenleber III (aka Marty S. Dalton), put a video up on Youtube.com. It inspired me to keep working on a project I thought of a couple of years ago. The idea is to … More Delighting in Undeserved Gifts
Part of “The Poetry Project“ Read Psalm 103 “Bless the LORD, o my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.” (vs. 1) You Wouldn’t Fit There Now You wouldn’t fit there now But when you were small So small you fit in a dark and secret place So small you … More You Wouldn’t Fit There Now
Sunday Musings I didn’t expect it. The video was about sanctity of life. It was about abortion. It was about putting something on screen that would leave an indelible imprint on the heart through the medium of the eye. It was about writing a script that would put in proper perspective the tragedy of 58,000,000 … More Surprised by a Left Hand
“I know;” a moment’s pause and then, “we have to let them go.” My bride was responding to my wistful comment, “I miss our kids.” It was one o’clock in the afternoon and we had been driving since 5 AM. The occasion was the last day of a 30thanniversary celebration vacation in New England. It had … More Longing and Contentment
Sunday Afternoon Musings “The glory of bread is that it satisfies. The glory of living water is that it quenches thirst. We do not honor the refreshing, self-replenishing, pure water of a mountain spring by lugging buckets of water up the path to make our contributions from the ponds below. We honor the spring by … More Glorify God, but How?