Category Archives: Minister’s Minute

Pastor’s writings that appeared in the Delta Optimist.

A Changing World


Change is inevitable, and I’ll admit that when a company changes something that wasn’t broke, I can become slightly annoyed.

I rely heavily on my phone’s calendar and it has served me well, so well in fact that I gave up my old paper calendar. Recently, like so many others, I updated my phone’s software. Most of the changes I welcomed, but the changes to the calendar I have not.

I do not feel it is as efficient as it once was, and my question has been: Did they change it for change sake, because I do not see it is an improvement at all (granted, some might enjoy the changes)? Every day, life can seem to go through so many different changes, and it can be trying at times to go through so much change. I am glad there are still some things that do not change. The sun rising in the east and setting in the west, for one, but another is the fact that God’s Word never changes.

The Gospel remains the same. Scripture says I am a sinner; I do wrong things in my life. I know this, and I can never deny it, but the Gospel, tells me that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to offer me forgiveness for these sins.

In a world of constant change, knowing the Gospel does not change gives me peace, comfort and hope.

Published in Delta Optimist October 4 2013

Photo Credit Leonard John Matthews

Instilled Values

Yes_sirTwo pharmacists recently asked me, “Are you from the South?” and “Did you come from a military family?” My answers were, “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am.”

Apparently, my use of sir and ma’am is fairly distinctive. When I say the phrases, I never really think about it, but it is a byproduct of how I was raised.

In my household, you used the terms to show respect (even when you felt they didn’t deserve it) to those in authority or just older than you. It was a lesson they instilled in my siblings and I and one not soon forgotten.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

This week was the first week of school for many, and it is another year where our children are closer to leaving home.

Two of our youth at the church are starting their first year at university; they will go and become their own person, just as I did when I was their age. I know during that time of growth I made some mistakes, but in the end I remembered what my parents taught me.

I am still my own man, different from my parents, but I still hold many of the same values that I was taught, just as these two youth, or rather young adults, will remember the teachings of their parents.

Published in Delta Optimist September 6 2013

Photo Credit 竜次 ryuuji