Archive for November, 2011

How Can You Not Have Church on Christmas Day?

November 29, 2011

Just received a story from LifeWay Research entitled “Pastors plan to host Christmas services despite busyness of Christmas Day.”

The survey revealed that 9 percent of the Protestant pastors did not plan to have services on Christmas Day. While 9 percent may seem low, it is mind-boggling. How can any Christian church not have a service on one of the holiest of all days — the day that commemorates the birth of our Lord and Savior.

I understand churches cutting back their schedule to have one major service mid-morning. I have no problem with that, but to not have a service at all? That just does not make sense.

I need to be thankful for the 91 percent of churches that will open their doors on Christmas Day, but I can’t help but feel sad for those churches that do not. They are “missing the boat.”

Hard to Beat Southern Gospel Music

November 11, 2011

I love Southern Gospel music. And for those who have the same taste in music, let me remind you that one of the best Southern Gospel groups around today will be in concert during the Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference next week at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville.

Greater Vision, a trio based in Morristown, will kick off the Pastors Conference at 12:55 on Monday, Nov. 14.

I have been to several Greater Vision concerts and have never left disappointed.

In addition to Greater Vision, the Pastors Conference will feature some excellent speakers throughout the afternoon and evening.

It will be a good prelude to the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention which begins the following day.

All’s Fair in Love, War and Yard Sales

November 4, 2011

I learned a very valuable lesson this week.

When you go to yard sales, don’t trust those other bargain hunters.

I recently began a new hobby of buying stuff, anything from collectables to old items, and seeing if I can re-sell them later. My rule of thumb is anything I can buy cheap, I will consider it.

I stopped by a yard sale on my way to work recently and people were out early. This particular yard sale actually had some things I was interested in, so I started picking up some items. A couple of the things were bulky, so I started my own stack away from the items being sold. Several other people did the same thing.

One woman even asked another if a certain pile was hers. She didn’t want to get something that had been claimed. That was a neat gesture.

Finally, I gathered all my treasures (my wife would call it junk) and went to the lady in charge to purchase. As we were going through my stuff, I realized, to my chagrin, that one of the items I had put in my pile had mysteriously disappeared.

I have always heard that all is fair in love and war. I guess now we have to add yard sales to that list.