Chapter 25

“Seriously?  What were you thinking?” After leaving the synagogue we made our way back to Mary’s house, a table had been set up outside to accommodate everyone and lunch was about to begin when Jesus’ brothers and sister arrived.  And they didn’t seem happy. “You just show up and had to stir the pot, didn’t…

Sorry, Not!

To be honest, I had no idea who Bianca Andreescu was until I read about her winning the US Open over the weekend.  However, it became obvious she was a Canadian when I heard her apologize to the crowd in the post game interview, "I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I’m so…

What about Original Sin?

What about Original Sin It has been the title of several novels, songs and movies and the inspiration for more art than I can count.   But we’re not looking at literature, music or art this morning. We are at the end of our “Asking for a Friend” series where we have answered questions that the…

A Gift is a Gift

Really?  I mean, really?  A recent headline caught my eye, it declared, “Selena Gomez ‘sick’ of feeling ‘indebted’ to kidney donor friend.” If you don’t follow entertainment news, then you may not have known that two years ago the twenty-seven-year-old Gomez received a kidney transplant and the donor was her friend Francia Raisa. Well, it…

What about Warnings

In his 2005 song by the same name, Bon Jovi asks the question: “Who says you can't go home? Who says you can't go back? I been all around the world and as a matter of fact There's only one place left I wanna go Who says you can't go home?” Well, actually many people…

A Simple Wrong Turn

Last week our District Superintendent and I were flying back from Montreal and were on our way to our gate to catch our plane. The escalator wasn’t working and so we headed for the elevator.  It was a small elevator and the lady getting on had a stroller and a suitcase and said there wasn’t…

Why Fasting

What about fasting? I am on a quest.  And have been for years.  Some of you have been on a similar quest.  For some it is a major quest, and for others it’s a minor quest, but a quest never the less. And that quest is weight loss.  And it seems like it’s been never…

Stuff

Stuff!  Where does all the stuff come from?  As most of your know, the Guptills are not only moving, we are downsizing, and part of that process is purging. We’ve lived in our present house for fifteen years, and it’s amazing the stuff you accumulate.  Add to that the fact that Angela’s mom has lived…

Why Women in Ministry?

Her name was Antoinette Brown and she would become a part of history.  Antoinette was a committed abolitionist, a campaigner for temperance, and an advocate for women’s rights. Miss Brown was a popular lecturer at reform conventions nationwide and she also pastored a Congregational church in South Butler, New York.   But none of those things…

Nope, Not Today

The other day, I was just getting into my car in a parking lot when a guy came out of a pizza joint with a huge slice of pizza. And it looked awesome. Have I mentioned that I love pizza? It is one of the few foods that fits perfect as lunch, supper, breakfast or…