Tag Archives: failure

You Can’t Be Silent

  I enrolled in my very first college class, Speech 101, in the summer of 1979. Many people dread speaking in public, but I liked it, and I was looking forward to this class. One of our first speech assignments was an informative speech, and I chose “How to bag groceries properly.” (Cute, huh? It …

When Your Failure Is All People See

  Thomas Jefferson.  Robert E. Lee.  Thomas Yawkey. What do those three men have in common? Besides being dead? Well, in 2017, they spent some time in the news. Jefferson, the slave owner. Yawkey, the Red Sox baseball owner who adamantly resisted integration. Lee, a general in the Confederate army. Deceased, their names were resurrected in op …

Of Course Parents Are Screwy

  Two years ago, my oldest son, Roger, graced my Father’s Day with a lengthy email detailing specific events where I had blessed him. He recalled one of our U-Haul trips: “I think one of my earliest memories of us together was in the moving truck as we headed north. You probably gave me some …

The Broken People God Uses

  God was certainly not going to be doing anything good through my life. That was for certain. Most kids discover their sexuality in adolescence. Not me. I was barely 5 years old. I can’t tell you how it happened or when, only that it did. It brought the most amazing sensations. With the good …

Blessed are the Losers

  Jesus is a dear friend to losers. This is my great hope.   I don’t know what the great throng expected to hear from the newly famous, miracle-working rabbi when they sat down on a mountainside and turned their heads into the slight breeze to hear him speak.  I’m not sure they ever forgot …

5000 Reasons Why I Keep Blogging

  It was a fascinating story to a 6-year old hearing it and seeing it with flannelgraph figures deftly positioned by the Sunday School teacher.  Jesus takes a boy’s fish sandwich lunch and uses it to feed 5,000+ people. I never thought much about why Jesus fed some people who could have gone home and …