Posts from March 2021

Folded Cloths in an Empty Tomb

One of my first requirements in the Oliver home on the Lord’s Day following services was to take my “Sunday clothes” off, hang up my wild “70’s” multicolored polyester sport coat, find the crease in my synthetic double knit bell bottoms, and hang them on a pants hanger in my closet. It was an expectation on Sunday around 12:45 pm at my house that I fold my clothes. In the gospel of John, we have an account of folded grave…

Commitment

Way back in 1978, I had an encounter with almighty God. It seems our maker had been dealing with me for some time, but I failed to recognize his labors. It took a number of troubling events for him to get my attention mostly in the form of decisions to be made and the fact that I was probably not on the coveted dean’s list at Clemson University, but perhaps on another list for those who might be seeking an…

Evaluation is Good

Oftentimes we hear the word evaluation and visions of criticism and intense interrogation come to mind. We begin thinking our worth is being questioned, and we sometimes become defensive in the process of just seeking how we can do things better. Two weeks ago your church staff was a part of the evaluation process as we met with our personnel committee and I would like to state for the record: I was not tortured nor was I interrogated and I…

My Take on the Time Change

(CAUTION: THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS SATURATED WITH SARCASM AND BRISTLING WITH NEGATIVITY…READ AT YOUR OWN RISK) I just looooove time change Sunday! It has to be one of my favorite days of the year. It ranks right up there with the stomach virus or as I call it “the decision virus” due to the fact that sometimes in the midst of this ailment some tough decisions have to be made. It’s a close second to a late night toothache or…

Circuitous Journeys

I was involved in a conversation with good friend this morning. We were discussing why it is that nothing seems to be easily accomplished. It seems that Murphy’s law goes into effect whenever we attempt to do something beneficial. It is as if everything that can go wrong does. The money is not there or the other resources become scarce. Maybe it’s a problem with time constraints or medical or health issues. It seems at times that the odds seem…