Sometimes we tell stories backward; Maybe most of the time. We announce the joy or sorrow and then we tell how it happened. “I got a new job!” and then we fill in the details. “My wife has been diagnosed with cancer,” and then we tell the story of how she hasn’t felt right for … More Writing the Story Backwards
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 write a poem of personal reflection for each Psalm in the Psalter. Here are some … More Praise is Meaningless
I’m in the office working on final message prep for Sunday and thought of a passage from my 2012 book titled PICKING A PRESIDENT OR ANY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL. The message has NOTHING to do with politics but the following story about the Great Wall of China will make a good illustration for the second … More Can a Wall Protect an Immoral Nation?
I am listening to an audio book in my car. It is a book from the Jack Ryan franchise started by Tom Clancy and carried on now by Mark Greaney. The latest books are not as focused on naval submarines, ships and procedures as the original Clancy novels but they are just as fascinated with … More A President We Could Admire
Wednesday is for Prayer For the last two weeks the blogosphere has been saturated with a controversy concerning plagiarism among some of the most well known pastors in America. There have been accusations about a whole culture of ghost-writing, plagiarism and fraud authors among the “celebrity pastor class” of the nation. I’m not sure … More Choosing Truth Over Talent
Wednesday is for Prayer (Updated, Revised and Corrected) Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation One of my readers has pointed out that the prayer that I said was Dr. Graham’s bears a striking similarity to Pastor Joe Wright’s 1996 prayer before the Kansas legislature. It’s possible that Dr. Graham has recast the prayer as his own, … More At 95, Billy’s Prayer for the Nation
Wednesday is for Prayer The following post and link are from Seth Godin. He is talking about business and marketing leadership but he could easily have been talking about preaching the gospel. The worst moments are your best opportunity “That’s how we judge you and how we remember you. You are presumed to be showing … More Spiritual Truth from an Interesting Source
Tuesday is for Preaching A Message Outline for 2 Samuel 11 Message Title: Spiritual Bankruptcy is Not as Far Away as You Think ( I like titles that hint at application. ) Three Points: (Usually narrative passages don’t lend themselves to this kind of linear outline but this one does. I tried to keep the … More If You Tolerate Sin In Your Life Today, You Will Tolerate More Tomorrow.
Wednesday is for Prayer Recently, I heard of a man whose ministry was being undercut by unwarranted rumor and innuendo. The guilty parties never went to him. They never loved him enough to talk to him as a brother. But they were more than willing to voice their opposition to his ministry and question his character … More Integrity in Ministry and Life