“The Soul of the City”

Jazz Sunday 2010 What would life be without music?  Can you even imagine such a loss?  So it was in Afghanistan in 1976 under the Taliban rule when music was banned from the country. The only music permitted was the religious Taliban “chants” and the only musical instrument allowed was the tambourine used with the chanting.  All other musical instruments… Read more →

I Ain’t Gonna Study War No More

“…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks… neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4 I was in my 7th grade English class when the teacher made the dreadful announcement that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.  This alone was heartbreakingly tragic, but, compounding my sense of horror and sadness, was the… Read more →

“You Are the Pepper”

Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth…” When you hear Jesus say, “You are the salt of the earth,” you must understand that he is saying you have the power to make a world of difference.   In this great big recipe for life, you may feel overwhelmed, small, insignificant, inadequate.  Do not underestimate what you have to… Read more →

If You’re Happy and You Know It

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 Jazz Sunday 2015 If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…!   Is it okay to be happy in church? or anywhere, for that matter?  A few years ago, in another city, in another church, there was a man who had been visiting my church,… Read more →