The love we need

a reasonable faith


She was poor and downtrodden. With little to call her own and even less hope for a better future, she felt virtually enslaved by her helplessness. But worse than this, she was disagreeable, unlovely, and complaining.

He was wealthy and powerful, with immeasurable possessions and even greater authority. But better than that, he was good, moral, and upstanding.

So one could be forgiven for a measure of incredulity when he chose her to be his bride. Though she hardly knew him, she recognized his offer as an opportunity she would be wise not to refuse.

They were obviously mismatched, but he loved her and gave her everything she needed. Though not particularly attractive in appearance, he provided many things of great beauty for her to enjoy. All he asked was that she return his love and allow him to lovingly lead as the head of their household.

At first she…

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I can’t. He can. I think I’ll let Him.


For most of the day my mind had been churning on an idea about a possible new blog. But as fate (and my ADD) would have it my wife showed me a little picture (meme) that had me off and running in another direction. I enjoyed meditating on this one much more anyway.

The scriptures tell a story of Jesus meeting a man in Jerusalem who had been sick for nearly 40 years. Now this man was laying by a pool in the city which was near the Sheep Gate. Continue reading

Holding Hands — Baptist Spirituality

By Joe LaGuardia In our professionalized American culture, we do not often hold hands. Holding hands is reserved for couples in love or, in a brief welcome of mutual greeting, in the shaking of hands of a colleague. Sometimes you don’t even get that — the “fist bump” is quickly becoming the in thing as […]

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The Weather Vane

The weather vane out dates the birth of Jesus according to history, and has been used by many cultures over that time. It’s hard to drive down any back road around here in Middle Tennessee and not see one of these common items on most barns, houses, and even churches. In the 9th century it was declared by Pope Nicholas I that churches must have the rooster on their steeple or dome as a reminder of the prophecy of Christ that Peter would betray him ‘thrice before the cock crows twice.’ Continue reading