Skipping Along

The sun was shining. A calm dry wind from the north was bringing a touch of days to come. The mother (apparently she was the mother) was pushing a shopping cart to her car as the daughter was busily engaged in conversation with some of her friends. Once the purchases were stored in the car,…

What’s In a Name?

My middle name is Hitchcock. It doesn’t take much imagination to know where that name came from. My mother’s maiden name was Hitchcock and the name was about to become extinct. Guess who got it! It’s all right. Now my grandson is the carrier of the name. Some names are fashioned to reflect family identification….

Bookshelf and Bible Study: When Christ Lives in Us

Today’s Bookshelf pick is one that emphasizes the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It’s a unique study in that it is written in both English and Spanish, making it a great resource for outreach or use in bilingual communities. What differences happen in our lives when Christ lives in us? When Christ Lives in…

Fall Preview

Fall is here! Which means it’s time for a brand new issue of Christian Living in the Mature Years in your mailbox! There are some fascinating articles in this season’s issue, that I think you’re going to love: Read the true account of a military chaplain who served in Iraq. Discover volunteer opportunities with “Horses…

Katzenjammer

Yesterday the word of the day was katzenjammer. When I saw the word I felt the hair on my head bristling, tingling, waking up. Words don’t usually affect me this way, but seeing this word sent shock waves throughout my mental lexicon as I frantically searched the data bank for recognition. This word, I am sure,…

Bookshelf Pick: ABS Concise Commentary

A brand new item for Fall classes has just released on Cokesbury.com. It is the Adult Bible Studies Concise Commentary, a commentary that focuses on the biblical passages in Adult Bible Studies curriculum. What does that have to do with Christian Living in the Mature Years, you ask? Well, we use the same scope and…

And the Last Shall Be Late

The drive into work this morning was a nightmare. The day one wants to be early and get a head-start on the day – it happens. A huge 18 wheeler jack-knifed spewing the contents of the product-laden trailer all over the interstate. Those of us three miles back didn’t know about it. All we knew…

The Maze

The building boom in Nashville is phenomenal. Hotels, apartment complexes, retail spaces are springing up everywhere. Construction cranes ferrying building materials are regularly in our sight. But alongside the more publicized projects is another phenomenal building boom: the parking garage. They are popping up all over. They are aggressively encroaching on the territory once occupied…

In the Garden

The Psalmist spoke often about the wonders of God. “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! When I look at your heaven, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established . . .” The world is wonderfully made. In the eighth chapter, the…

Bookshelf Pick: Learning to Study the Bible

For those of us who have been in Bible study groups for most of our lives, we may think we’re experts on the matter. We’ve memorized our favorite verses and can recite the books of the Bible from memory, but we can always go deeper. For those who are new to Bible study and those…