Mapping our Blind Spots

Last week I had an appointment at the eye clinic for my annual visual field test. There are very few things in life that I am as bad at and dislike as much as a visual field test—just saying.As a part of the test, the technician told me she had to map my blind spot.…

And We’re Back

And I’m back! Did you miss me? Did you even know I was gone? The Penn of Denn was a COVID-related casualty during the time that handing someone a bulletin on Sunday Morning was frowned upon. But now I’m back. The last Penn was written the week after the debacle of last year’s US election.…

The Danger of Judging

The words of Matthew 7:1 are not so much a command as they are a warning.  A warning that seems to be relevant to the debacle of last week’s U.S. election.  Jesus warned people and nations, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” For years the United States has stood in judgement of countries around…

Change. . . Love it or hate it.

Nobody likes change.  Well actually, some people thrive on change, but most people don’t.  Robert Kriegel wrote, “Nobody likes change, except busy cashiers and babies with wet diapers” and he was mostly right.  We like the routine and we like the familiar, but the reality is that change in life is inevitable. Cornerstone is in a constant state…

Enjoy the Fall?

I reposted a meme the other day that said, “Someone asked me if I had plans for the fall. It took me a moment to realize they meant autumn and not the collapse of civilization.”Some days as we look around, we wonder if we are witnessing the collapse of civilization as we know it.  Unfolding around…

Choices

I took an active part in democracy last week. Not only did I vote, but I also worked on Election Day as a supervisory deputy returning officer. Which isn't nearly as important as it sounds.Through the day, as I made sure things were running smoothly, and that the voters were being served, I was able…

The Story of Cornerstone

August 1, 1994. January 8, 1995.  April 9, 1995, November 27, 2005 and October 18, 2020.  On each of those days, a new chapter in the story of Cornerstone began.On August 1, 1994, Angela and I and our two children moved to Bedford to begin the story of a church, that up to that point had only…

Count Your Blessings

So, do you have plans for Thanksgiving?  Perhaps travelling to be with family or having family travel to be with you.  Regardless of your plans, health authorities are cautioning us to be careful this year.  We are told that we should limit the size of family gatherings, and of course we need to maintain the sanctity of the…

Wholesome speech

We are told that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and I was guilty of doing just that.  Last week I saw an older man, by older I mean older than me, and he was well groomed and well dressed.  I immediately thought of him as a gentleman but then he opened his…

The Scandal of History

I call it: The scandal of history.  And society is struggling with that scandal today.  People are convinced that if they had done it, that they’d have done it right, or at least better.  They truly believe that with them in charge there would have been no abuses and they wouldn’t have made any mistakes. Because they believe…