Salvation Balloons, Racism & The Ricochet

Jeff Humor

My first year in the pastorate was filled with lots of twists and turns.  Most of them were enjoyable and a few, well, not so much.  One fond memory involves a room full of five grown men and about 500 helium filled-balloons,  Someone on the leadership team had the bright idea of setting some balloons free in our city which …

Prescription Medication For The Soul

Jeff Humor

What’s the current temperature in your pressure cooker? It’s ironic that we who live in a world of advanced technology which is supposed to breed unprecedented convenience, instead find ourselves battling stress amidst others who have already lost that battle. I often feel that I have less energy but more demand in my life. Many of you have duties that …

The Blog Where Jeff Got All Weird On Us

Jeff Cultural Observations, Humor

So I saw my first Christmas display of the season a few days ago.  In my opinion, that’s messed up.  I want my turkey and dressing to be digested before I smell pine needles in the local mall.  Call me old-fashioned (or reasonable) but I really think it is silly to see Yuletide décor prior to Halloween. To add to …

My Woes Are Bigger Than Yours!

Jeff Humor, Uncategorized

There’s a trend among us that I feel may be seeking to swallow us whole.  I call it “the witness of worser woes”… or, more succinctly WWW.  True, the word worser is not actually a legitimized word in the English language  but it certainly captures the spirit of what I’m seeking to describe.  WWW occurs when someone mentions a struggle, …

Confessions Of A Recovering Doom Merchant

Jeff Humor, Psychology

If you frequent this blog regularly you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I’m drafting a petition to change the name of Monday to Moanday.  It’s a better fit, a more accurate portrayal of how many of us feel when the weekend disappears like a vapor trail and the workweek grind finds us again.  Moandays are so unspectacular …

That Friend With Whom You’ve Lost Touch

Jeff General, Humor, joy, Victory

What’s the current temperature in your pressure cooker?  It’s ironic that we who live in a world of advanced technology which is supposed to breed unprecedented convenience, instead find ourselves battling stress amidst others who have already lost that battle.  I have perceived that I have less energy but more demand than ever before.  Many of you have duties that …

Ugggghhh…

Jeff Humor

When the radio went off this morning at its usual rude hour, I felt like weeping.  I sat still and waited for it to recognize the extreme unfairness of its reckless disrupting of my slumber.  Is there no kindness in this world for a 87 year old man such as myself?  Do the elderly and infirm not need greater rest …

The Evolution Of Reading

Jeff Bible, Church Life, Cultural Observations, Humor

It’s happening to me and I didn’t want it to.  I’m like Dr. Bruce Banner, powerless to halt the transformation into a creature that he doesn’t enjoy.  I’ve watched it happened to others and stood them down defiantly as I proclaimed myself a purist, refusing to compromise and sell out to their ranks.  Yet recent changes in my schedule have …

Monday Is A Punk Who Needs A Beat-Down

Jeff General, Hope, Humor

Most Monday mornings I approach my keyboard and open up the blog editor and stare at the screen with a little dribble of saliva hanging from the corner of my mouth and resting upon my right pectoral muscle.  My mind is still somewhere between the end of Sunday evening service and the toothpaste bottle in my Monday morning bathroom experience.  …

Avoiding Landonology

Jeff Bible, Family, General, Humor

My boy seemed less than enthusiastic about graduating kindergarten last night.  Mom was a little teary, Alicia was excited for her little brother and I was reflective as I saw him receive his diploma and some sage counsel whispered in his ear by the principal.  Landon was simply ready for summer break to begin and will likely categorize the big …