Softly Whispering I Love You

“ … but the greatest of these is Love.” That excerpt from 1st Corinthians 13:13 provides an appropriate segue into a Valentine’s Day blog. The 13th chapter is called the Love Chapter. If you have never read it, I recommend it.(The other members of “these” are faith and hope). Love is God’s best miracle. It …

Sometimes, All I Need Is …

As “interesting” as our world has become recently, I’m ready for a heavy dose of “un-interesting.” Growing up in the ‘70s, our typical ritual was to hang out uptown, hook up with some buddies, hang out and find something to do. Time d-r-a-g-g-e-d and we couldn’t wait for tomorrow, hoping that it would be more …

Coming in Loud and Clear

During the 4 years of Donald Trump’s presidency and particularly in the months since the election, Evangelical Christians have been the focus of a lot of attention. Much of it is not flattering; either Evangelical Christians are right and no one else wants to admit it, or we’re totally unhinged and are the only ones …

We Don’t Always See It Coming

When I left my house to pick up some groceries on the evening of Dec. 10, the last place I expected to end up was on the floor at Walmart with a seizure. Sometimes, we don’t see it coming. After two days in the hospital and a battery of tests, the only telltale signs of …

Harder Than It Has To Be

This year isn’t been the first time (and it won’t be the last) that we Americans weathered a challenging (to put it mildly) year. Think 1861-65, 1917-19, 1929-33, 1941-45 and 1968 for starters. Obviously, we can point a finger at the invisible Covid-19 microbe, shadowy Chinese and Russian governments or entrenched systemic injustice. What made …

Busy. Busy! BUSY!

Before I leave for work each morning, I read The Upper Room devotion for the day. Rarely does it fail to inspire me or give me something to think about. But by the time I get to the office 15 minutes later, I can’t remember what I read. Frustrating. “OK, Nick,” I say to myself. …

A Leap of Faith

Do you remember the scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” where Indy is desperately seeking the Holy Grail to save his father (Sean Connery), who lies mortally wounded? Indiana comes to the edge of an abyss. On the other side is room where the Grail rests. But there is no obvious way to …

US Review of Books Recommends Us

We are very pleased to announce that The U.S. Review of Books, an international online book reviewing service, has placed “He Was There All the Time” on its RECOMMENDED list.“Beautifully written columns allow the reader to feel as though they are a part of his memories, as they foster personal reminiscing. The nature-enhanced focus enables …

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Just after we gnaw the last piece of white meat from the turkey and stuff the last spoonful of lumpy mashed potatoes into our mouths on Thursday on our way to the couch to watch/nap the Ravens and Steelers, it will start. Over the next 4 weeks the airwaves will echo with this nugget of …

This Is My Father’s World

September and October mean autumn here in the forested hills of Western Pennsylvania. I anxiously await that season each year, – azure skies, crisp air, flaming foliage, a gentle breeze and a hot cup of apple cider. Too soon, it is a memory and the realities of a new season loom.Yet no matter how cold …