Baseball's Greatest Moment

For baseball fans the stuff of dreams begins tomorrow. How can you not like Colorado’s push the last three weeks, winning almost every game to force a playoff for the wild card tomorrow evening in Denver? No offense to my San Diego friends but I hope they win. In fact, I hope they win it all. It would be such … Read More

Upset Saturday

College football fans were treated to more upsets in the Top Ten yesterday than I can remember in years. Five teams lost to lower ranked, or in most cases unranked, opponents. And USC narrowly escaped in Seattle against the resurgent Washington Huskies.  In the Top Ten Oklahoma’s loss shocks me the most. I did not think Colorado was nearly this … Read More

Expository Preaching is Still My Preference

I have been out of the pastorate of a stated congregation, except for eight months as an interim, since May of 1992. I am sometimes asked, "What do you miss the most?" (There are several things about pastoring I do not miss at all, I assure you. One is the warfare that swirls around people’s dissatisfaction with the pastor, which … Read More

The ACT 3 Roman Catholic and Evangelical Dialog, Part 3

The ACT 3 Catholic and Evangelical Forum provided a wonderful opportunity for four of us, representing two different Christian approaches to faith and life, to have an honest dialog that was gracious and winsome. The tone seemed right, at least to most of us, and the subject matter, though weighty in many cases, was handled in ways that allowed non-theologians … Read More

The ACT 3 Roman Catholic and Evangelical Dialog, Part 2

The Catholic–Evangelical Forum began with a welcome and opening statement by our moderator Alan Krashesky, followed by a prayer by Father Wilbur Ellsworth, the chairman of the ACT 3 board. Each of the four of the speakers gave an eight-minute opening. My comments addressed the ecumenical question from the perspective of my own evangelical journey of faith, revealing how I … Read More

The ACT 3 Roman Catholic and Evangelical Dialog

On the evening of September 16 ACT 3 sponsored our first Roman Catholic and Evangelical Dialog, hosted graciously by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. (I say "first dialog" because we may do more such events in the days ahead but this one was, for us at least, a historic beginning.) This unique event was well attended, with about 200 … Read More

Seeing the Human Side of the Homosexual Debate

Some newspapers still do a commendable job of putting two opposing sides of a complicated moral issue fairly. I was reminded of this when I read my morning newspaper today. The Daily Herald, a Chicago suburban paper, ran two stories on the issue of homosexuality and Christian faith, side-by-side. Both accounts were written by the same author, James Fuller, a writer … Read More

An ACT 3 Friends Evening

We have scheduled several special evening events to meet friends of ACT 3 and to express our gratitude to our faithful donors. We also would like to expand our donor base through meeting and making new friends. This ministry depends on "friends" more than issues and hard-sell donor development skills. The only way I know how to find the support … Read More

Why Do I Blog?

I am quite sure that blogging has made a real difference in the political realm, for good and for ill, or so it seems. At the same time blogging is the ultimate expression of independence and personal opinion. Anyone can do it thus it invites nuts, cranks and whackos, as well as ordinary and brilliant writers. (I hope I am … Read More

It Always Pays to Be Nice

At a Touchdown Club meeting many years before his death, the legendary Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant told the following story, which was typical of the way he operated. I had just been named the new head coach at Alabama and was off in my old car down in South Alabama recruiting a prospect who was supposed to have been a … Read More