He's My Dude

Dear Friends, This morning I was reading the story of how the Apostle Peter denied Jesus during His trial (Luke 22:54-62). It's a very familiar story for most of us raised in the church, and it's always been a story that's had special meaning to me because I can see so much of myself in Peter. But when I read it today, I was struck by the fact that the folks in the courtyard who accused Peter of knowing Jesus did so because they recognized that he was a friend of Jesus. And that got me thinking - I wonder if people would describe me as a "friend of Jesus”? Now, I know that the folks in the courtyard who recognized Peter as a friend of Jesus had physically seen them together, so that was pr

Get Out Of Your Head

Dear Friends, One of the interesting things researchers have discovered is that, as individuals, we are continually talking to ourselves. Actually the most recent study indicates that, while most people speak at a rate of 150 to 200 words per minute, the mind can listen to 500-600 words a minute. And when it comes to our internal dialogue - the conversations we have with ourselves - the rate is closer to 1,300 words per minute, because our minds process things in pictures, and the average person can "see a single thought" in a nano-second. The problem however, is that most of us are having negative conversations with ourselves - and that's because, one of the realities of being human is th

Each And Every One

Dear Friends, Yesterday I was talking with a woman who regularly shops at the store our church operates. I would guess her to be around 35, and since she comes in the store at least once a week, I’ve gotten to know a few things about her. I know that she was born and raised in Texas, but came to our city because of a man she was involved with. I know she has lived most of her life in a state of rebellion - against God, her family, and local authorities. And I know she recently became a Christian through a faith-based recovery program she’s been attending. So when I saw her yesterday, I was eager to hear how she’s doing in her new-found faith. We had a few minutes of chit-chat about life

Life Is A Garden

Dear Friends, Over the years, one of the patterns I’ve noticed in my life is that, when summer comes to an end and we transition to the fall, I almost always become overly reflective. I think some of it has to do with the fact that my birthday is in the fall - so that usually makes me pause and think back over the years that have already gone by. But I also think it’s because of the changes that take place in the world itself, as nature gets ready to go dormant for the winter months - and then produce new things in the spring. The result is that I can often spend the months of September and October looking back at my life, and wondering how I’m doing. And that’s exactly what’s been going

The Sick, The Broken, The Insecure

Dear Friends, Yesterday I had a long talk with one of the college students in our church about her love-life. It seems that her boyfriend broke up with her because he thought she was too fat. He told her that once she lost weight, he was happy to accept her back. It was an unbelievably cruel way for him to treat her, and it left her with a broken heart, and damaged self-esteem. It was all I could do to not get in my car and head to her boyfriend's house to punch him in the nose. Fortunately, I didn't do that - mostly because I'm a pastor, but also because I'm 54, and he's 21, and I'm sure I would have ended up on the short end of that stick. But what I did do was help my friend understa

It's Worrisome

Dear Friends, Recently I was talking with a friend I haven’t seen in a while, and in the middle of answering questions about how my family is doing, he interrupted and asked, “But are YOU ok? I’m only asking because you look kinda bad.” I was surprised by the question - mostly because I had left the house that day thinking I looked pretty good. But I was able to set aside my injured pride for a minute and seriously consider the question. And when I did, I realized that, while I was doing okay physically, spiritually I was exhausted. As I pondered that, it occurred to me that the reason I was feeling exhausted is because I was worrying about several big challenges going on in the ministry

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Random thoughts and ponderings on life and faith from a recovering sinner.

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Daniel May - husband, father, pastor, grocer, Packers fan, and above-mentioned recovering sinner.

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