Just about five years ago, Dr. Floyd Perkins, Nazarene Missionary and Bible College Professor, passed away. Dr. Perkins affected my life when he was my guide and host on a trip to Mozambique, 40 years ago. The story comes from one of his granddaughters.View More Grandpa’s Bible – A True Story
Lord, I can change the way I spend and, to some degree, the way I earn. But, the deeper change is more challenging. Daily bread becomes an obsession. It becomes something to fret over. It quickly is all consuming. This is an issue of presence; its presence in my thoughts and fears can be cancerous. The worries of daily bread start to eat me alive.View More Give us this day our daily bread…
I must claim that last Sunday’s class was an answer to prayer. If you were not there, class began promptly; Dr. Parrott spoke about Paul’s message to the church in Galatia concerning being saved by grace alone; Dr. Parrott entertained some questions, comments, and discussion; and then the class shared announcements and prayer concerns before being dismissed right on time. It was all great. You see, I had asked God for just such a miraculous balance. The balance, like our visitors, confirmed the spiritual health of our small group. PTL.View More Friends of Koinonia (Dr. Parrott’s Sunday School Class) President’s weekly Email
As we reach the end of summer and officially move into fall in just a few days, I wanted to share one more story of summer. The story took place 45 years ago, and, yes, it really happened!
It was early June. We were the first group that summer. A week of camping on the shores of Spirit Lake would be the high point of the season for this little troop of Boy Scouts. Our planning began the previous fall. Each weekly meeting increased our anticipation. The first Friday in June was the last day of school. Two days later, on Sunday afternoon, we were setting up tents, inflating mattresses, and envisioning the adventures before us. It was a boy’s dreams come true.View More It was Cold! (A Story for Summer’s End) A True Story
Years ago I heard a wonderful illustration of what it means to be “real.” Here goes: There are three types of Christians. First, there’s the TOP-OF-THE-PILE Christian. You have seen these folks. You ask them “How are you doing?” and away they go: “Top of the pile! Movin’ and groovin’ with Jesus. Growin’ and glowin’ in Him.” Really? All the time? You can’t be that way all the time, it is not realistic.View More Movin’ Piles: a Call to Faithfulness
Spiritual leadership! This is a different kind of leadership, and it includes YOU. We have leaders in all segments of our world: politics, the military, education, business, business, social services, the church, etc. Now, all this “leadership” is good and I have consulted and taught leaders in all these areas. But, this is not the kind of leadership I am speaking of in this blog.View More YOU, A Spiritual Leader? YES!
A week ago, the school where I teach (Trevecca Nazarene University) celebrated the opening dinner of the school year. And, it happened to me again. An individual hurried up to meet me and in great overtures, complemented my on my exceptional skills at the piano. I quickly explained that I don’t play the piano. However, the gentleman continued thanking me for sharing my musical gift. It took two more explanations before he realized that I am not the person he thought I was. When he finally realizes the mistake, we both laughed as he explained, “You look just like him.”View More A Living Reminder of Jesus
It is hard to focus when surrounded with distractions. Imagine the driver who is balancing a morning coffee, holding his cell phone, dictating a…View More Stay Focused
It is not easy to admit, but in the stress of life, we get distracted, spiritually distracted from the “first love,” our love for Jesus Christ. Let me outline four times and ways we are distracted and need to remember our first love:
#1 QUESTION: When do I need Spiritual Restoration?
ANSWER: When your heart is dead, and you are going through the motions.
Jesus declared, “I am the way… no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). There is but One Way, yet, within that way is a path that connects especially with the way God created you.View More Pathways With Jesus