The First and the Last and the First

Well, the last day of hunting season is over, and it’s the first day of December! Did you get the deer of your dreams? We have a small herd of nearly a dozen deer that run our woods, but although Abby dreamed of catching one, they all got away! (Note the white tail to the … Continue reading The First and the Last and the First

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (28): What Does It Mean to Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice?

Last Sunday, on Easter morning, a friend who had been dear to my heart for almost 50 years died. Two of his daughters were at his bedside, holding his hands when he breathed his last. This was not an easy death. After 30 years of marriage, my friend walked out on his wife and family … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (28): What Does It Mean to Have Mercy and Not Sacrifice?

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (23): Do Not Think That I Will Accuse You

Many people envision God as The Great Judge who will determine our eternal destiny by weighing our souls in the Balance of Life after we die. If our good works outweigh our bad works, we’ll be ushered into glory; but if our bad works outweigh our good works, we’ll be cast into hell. Is that … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (23): Do Not Think That I Will Accuse You

Unforgettable Belgian Waffles: History and Recipe

The first time I ever met a “Belgian Waffle” was at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, which opened almost 55 years ago, on April 22, 1964.  What I didn’t realize then was that this Belgian dish, developed by Maurice and Rose Vermersch for the fair—sizzled at 500°F. in cast-iron waffle makers and selling … Continue reading Unforgettable Belgian Waffles: History and Recipe

Some Tips from Dr. Moyad on “What Works and What’s Worthless” in Medicine

Recently Alan and I enjoyed a really fun and provocative lecture by Dr. Mark Moyad, who is the director of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan. My first clue that he probably knows what he’s talking about is that he says he has no hobbies, which is basically true for Alan and … Continue reading Some Tips from Dr. Moyad on “What Works and What’s Worthless” in Medicine

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (13): Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Although they say that seeing is believing, believing isn’t always based on seeing, particularly when we’re wrestling with mysterious things like love and wind. There are both visible and invisible realities, and to fully grasp life, we have to explore the abstract and intangible as well as the physically accessible . . . the black … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (13): Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The Making of Maracas…and Joyful Noises!

Have you ever wondered where maracas come from, our how they’re made?  Or, why they seem to be such an integral part of Latin music? I brought my first set home from Mexico nearly 50 years ago, and they’ve been an integral part of our family making “joyful noises” ever since, charming the children and grand … Continue reading The Making of Maracas…and Joyful Noises!

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (9): Follow Me . . . Ignorant Enthusiasm

If you think we’ve already discussed Jesus’ command, “Follow Me,” you’re right. The first two times I read through the New Testament looking for all the places where Jesus gave people unequivocal imperatives, I counted over 400, so it was tempting to discuss the command to follow him only once. However, each instance has unique … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (9): Follow Me . . . Ignorant Enthusiasm

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (5): Repent and Believe the Gospel

In the book of Mark, Christ’s first public imperative: “Repent” was coupled with a second command: “Believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Sounds simple, and it is for some people, but for others, faith in the gospel seems nigh unto impossible. Why? Well, until a person repents—humbly examining himself, admitting to sin, feeling saddened by his … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (5): Repent and Believe the Gospel