The God of Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth………Chances!

There are some who might feel that the idea of God repeatedly giving us a chance to get it right is poor theology. They may be right, but I prefer to believe that we are given one chance to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, but we have many chances for the forgiveness and mercy of Christ as we repeatedly wander off the path. In Psalm 86:15 it says, “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love, and faithfulness.” This is the God I look to in those times when I falter and fall. I have always thought the beauty of a personal relationship with Jesus is what the verse above [...]

April 10th, 2017|Faith|0 Comments

More Than a Facebook Friend

For those of you who are not devotees or users of social media, God bless you and I envy you. For the rest of us, who have had our lives both enhanced and ruined at the same time, read on. Now just to keep things in perspective and in full disclosure efforts, I can remember when our family got our first television (singular). I was 7 years old. It was a small table model that my parents decided to put in their bedroom, maybe to avoid the moral corruption of my sisters and me. After all you never knew what Ozzie and Harriet were going to do next. And the “Beaver” what a cut up. So in that framework I [...]

March 20th, 2017|Reflection|0 Comments

Welcome to Sinners Anonymous

Gordon McDonald spoke at my church recently and among other things he talked about his visit to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting as an observer. He was struck by the camaraderie and openness of the people. I have been a recovering alcoholic for 30 years and I have often thought that the reason they meet with success is because we all know that everyone in that room is a big a hot mess as we are and no one is trying to hide it. At some point in my recovery ,I thought church should be renamed “Sinners Anonymous”. In AA, before you are allowed to speak you must say, “Hi, I’m Sara Dormon and I’m an alcoholic.” At which point everyone [...]

March 8th, 2017|Reflection|0 Comments

Walking Around Money: Trump and the Johnson Amendment

The blog post for today is by Fred Smith, founder of Federal Express. He is also founder of The Gathering, which is a group of Christians who come together to discuss and share how to best serve God and His people through philanthropy. This post discusses the Johnson Amendment which every Christian should become familiar with and how its’ repeal could impact or country and churches. Click the image below to read Fred's full post.

February 9th, 2017|Faith|0 Comments

Be Still and Know…

In Psalm 46 we can see what might look like a small glimpse of the world in which we are currently living. The Psalmist talks about God being our refuge and strength in times of trouble, and I feel certain many people may feel they are living in times of trouble. He tells us not to fear even though the earth be moved, He will make wars cease, the nations will rage and kingdoms are moved, but He utters His voice and the earth melts.  All of this to say He is an all-powerful God and He is in control of everything. I remember during 9/11, people were asking where was God and why would He let this happen. I [...]

February 7th, 2017|Faith|0 Comments

Would You Rather Be Happy or Right?

I had been hopeful that once the election was over, regardless of who won, life here would gradually return to whatever passes for normal these days. So, here we are two months post election, 12 days prior to inauguration and the division seems to be getting wider, if that is possible. The self appointed guardians of tolerance and justice have launched a campaign to ensure that anyone who partakes in the Trump festivities will be standing in a bread line by spring. The idea that someone could actually choose to be a part of this event is not only an anathema to them, but verging on illegal. Many of these people said they were going to move to Canada if [...]

January 8th, 2017|Hope, Reflection|0 Comments

Division Is An Act Of Our Will

It was announced today that Donald Trump was the Time Magazine person of the year. He was referred to as the President – Elect of the divided states of America. No one is going to argue that this past election has cause as much strife, stress and turmoil among us as the Civil and Vietnam wars. Families were torn apart, friendships blown up and people who were afraid to exercise their free speech because of the repercussions. How did that happen and what can we do to heal? As Martin Luther King said, “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” We have had a two party system in this country for quite some time and in [...]

December 15th, 2016|Reflection|0 Comments

What Does Faith Look Like?

I have the pleasure of being invited to a screening of the new movie “Hacksaw Ridge” in New York City this past week. Now I need to preface my thoughts by saying my idea of a good movie is “Finding Dory”. Suffice to say this movie was not of that genre. I won’t watch National Geographic for fear I will see animals eat animals. With all that having been said, this movie, “Hacksaw Ridge” was an unbelievable testimony to what living out one’s faith looks and feels like. When I think of the title of my book, “If You’re a Christian and Everyone Likes You…Something’s Wrong”, Desmond Doss, the main character, was intensely disliked for just that reason…he was a [...]

November 11th, 2016|Faith|0 Comments

And the Winner Is?

Many people, 59+ million to be exact, are waking up this morning wondering what happened and how it happened. I’m sure the 59+ million who voted for Donald Trump are wondering the same thing. So here we are faced with the end of a contentious, vitriolic and often very mean spirited campaign. This is the day we have begged for for quite a while now. And now that it is here many are still angry, disgusted, threatening to leave the country. I am praying that in time the dust will settle and we can begin what will be our journey toward healing the immense divide that this election has created. We had a choice of two very flawed candidates and [...]

November 9th, 2016|Faith, Hope, Love, Reflection|0 Comments

Who is This Man We Call Jesus?

I was forwarded a video several days ago that was an Oprah interview with the pastor of the Hillsong Church in NYC, Carl Lentz. It was interesting from several standpoints, the main one being that Oprah has been openly challenged on air about her beliefs that there are many ways to reach God/Heaven. In this interview there may have been some editing, but Carl clearly stated that Jesus was the only way to God and salvation. No push back from Oprah. I often think of why the presentation of the Gospel, “Jesus was born, Jesus died (for our sins), Jesus rose again” presents such a threat to people. I would like to believe that most people, of all religions, would [...]

October 29th, 2016|Faith, Reflection|0 Comments