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Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
The Shepherd's Heart (12/24/14)
For all -- A message of praise! In the past two columns we looked at messages delivered from other sources during the time of the birth of Jesus. All of these messages can be found in the second chapter of Luke in the New Testament. Let's look at one more message delivered during the time of our deliverance: the message delivered by the shepherds in verses 15-20...
The Shepherd's Heart (12/17/14)
A Message of Peace So ... we've looked at the message delivered by the Innkeeper in Luke chapter two. It was a message that portrayed the sorrow, sadness and separation that could be very real for those without Jesus. Now let's look at another message -- this one delivered by an angelic messenger accompanied by an angelic choir. ...
Of bells and good will (12/03/14)
We spent the week of Thanksgiving working on the old homestead in Arkansas. It was nice to get away. By Friday, I was ready to make the transition from Thanksgiving (my favorite American holiday) to the Christmas season and all its fun and fancy. Then I made a huge mistake: I sat down and watched the news...
I'm So Grateful (11/18/14)
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and everyone is putting out their "things I am thankful for" lists. So I thought I'd offer mine. ... (And rest assured this is no complete or exhaustive list.) I am thankful for: Life -- It's a dance and I am still learning as I go...
Mountain Pride: Revisited (11/11/14)
The Shepherd's Heart By Bob G. Stewart Mountain Pride: Revisited Note: This is a rewrite in light of glimmer of hope seen by some after the recent elections. So I ask you ... How does it feel to be living in a "post-Constitution" America? It looks as if that's what we've come to if things don't change -- and quickly -- in Washington D.C. ...
The Shepherd's Heart (10/27/14)
You have to know how to ... I was sitting in my office the other day when I overheard part of a conversation. It went something like this: "You have to know how to cut up a whole chicken ... 'cause sometime you're gonna have a whole chicken." And ... that got me to thinking. Just how many things are there in this old world that we need to know how to do because "sometime" we're going to need to know how to do them?...
Why Blame God? (10/09/14)
When bad things happen, many folks seem to just naturally begin to blame God. And that's too bad, really. These same people refuse to understand there are various factors working together to bring about any bad situation. Society influences what happens in our lives. The spiritual atmosphere around us influences our lives. Even wickedness and sin influence the happenings we experience daily...
The Long Ride through History (09/30/14)
The Shepherd's Heart By Bob G. Stewart The Long Ride through History Moscow, Russia: 1993 - The train, a pair of ancient diesel locomotives pulling a long line of pre-WWII looking freight, passenger and coal cars, pulled out of Tallinn, Estonia, late in the evening. My companions and I had been in the air, on the sea, and on the road for several days and were looking forward to this leg of the trip being a time of rest...
Out of Control (09/03/14)
I am usually a pretty optimistic person: a regular "glass half full, it'll be better tomorrow, stuff's getting better" kind of guy. But I'm having a hard time being optimistic about the way the world is headed these days. Now, before you jump on my back about how things have always been bad for some folks and about how spoiled we Americans have become and about persecution and destruction being a "reap what you sow" kind of deal, I ask you to take a hard look at the world we live in. ...
The big picture (03/04/10)
Recently I listened as the father of a son diagnosed with ADHD spoke proudly of the way his son described what the father thought was a bad situation. The father and son had somehow landed tickets to a Super Bowl game (the one between the Rams and Titans -- maybe the best Super Bowl ever!). When they got to their seats -- three rows from the top of the stadium and in the end zone -- that father was almost furious. He thought he had purchased better seats...
The Shepherd's Heart: Still ... (02/25/10)
Sitting on the bank of a lake or creek somewhere; sunshine gradually warming me from the lingering effects of a too long, too cold, too wet winter; warm breeze playfully pushing tiny ripples across the surface of the water. Watching the sunset from a campsite in one of the local state parks, watching the last embers of the evening's campfire glow in the late night darkness, keeping watch on the blackest of skies in case a star falls from the heavens...
The Shepherd's Heart: It's all about words (02/18/10)
Words. We all use them all of the time. I wonder if we really take the time to think about what we'll say before we say it. Words are very important tools for many of us. In my career as a marketing professional, I use words in press releases and in training others and in print ads and in radio and television ad scripting on an almost daily basis. ...
The Shepherd's Heart: Love (02/11/10)
In honor of St. Valentine's Day, I submit the following: What is love? Does anyone really know? How do we know when love is present? How do we know when love is no more than desire or lust or a strong emotional attachment? When we look at dictionaries for the meaning of love we find the following (note: Because I consider this a family oriented column, I have left out a few of the definitions):...
The Shepherd's Heart: Hanging on too long (02/04/10)
Sometimes they seem like an old friend, a comfort in times of pain or stress, a "sure thing" when the waves of life get to tossing you around and you feel like you need an anchor. I'm sure we all have them. Some have been in the family since we got married. Some have been through tough times and good times and all times in between. They're faded and threadbare, outdated and discolored, stained and maybe ripped a bit...
The Shepherd's Heart: Where are all the 'just plain folk?' (01/28/10)
For a year now I have been trying to decide what it is about the current administration that just rubs me the wrong way. I think I now can put my finger on it. And, sadly, it's the same thing that has plagued the presidency for the past several administrations at least...
The Shepherd's Heart: Old habits die hard (01/21/10)
On Tuesday, Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley to capture the Senate seat previously held by Senator Ted Kennedy. Ask anyone even remotely related to Massachusetts politics and they will tell you it was a victory of staggering proportions...
The Shepherd's Heart: Life's Choices (01/14/10)
It was lunch time and I had heard him say that he was getting rather hungry. I watched as he stood there, mulling over his options. To the right was a salad bar with all the trimmings, including a hot well with what appeared to be canned ravioli in tomato sauce -- the kind his mom used to heat up for lunches on cold winter afternoons...
The Shepherd's Heart: Spinning plates (01/07/10)
When I was a much younger person -- back in the day, as the kids would say -- I remember watching a show on television (back then we called them "variety" shows) that featured different acts such as circus acts, Russian dancers, Chinese gymnasts, and so on...
New Year's Resolution? (12/31/09)
Tomorrow is New Year's Day 2010. I guess that means I should be writing about the year that was, or the year to come, or about resolutions we make and never keep. Well, I have to confess that I have no crystal ball when it comes to what 2010 may hold. I know what I'd like to see, but that's just me. My prayer is that everyone will have a better year in 2010 than they had in 2009, even if they had a good 2009...
The Shepherd's Heart: A white Christmas? (12/18/09)
Well ... If the folks who forecast the weather are correct (and we all know they usually are) it looks like we will be having a white Christmas this year. To tell you the truth, I like a good snow right about December 23rd or 24th. It always helps to move those who already are in the spirit a little further toward their holiday "peak" -- and it seems to help those who have lingered at the outer boundary of the glow and warmth of the Yule log to move a little closer to the flame...
The Shepherd's Heart: Man it's cold outside! (12/10/09)
Man ... It's cold outside! How cold is it? It's so cold that my shoes were sticking to the concrete driveway yesterday morning. It's so cold, even the Good Humor Man is in a bad mood. It's so cold, chicken wings are being sold only in hot and suicide...
The Shepherd's Heart: It's all about the memories (12/03/09)
To those who read this column on a somewhat regular basis, it's no surprise that autumn is my favorite time of year and that Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I guess that's because Thanksgiving always comes with all the trimmings -- especially good memories...
The Shepherd's Heart: Boast in the Lord (11/20/09)
"I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord's greatness; let us exalt his name together." Psalm 34:1-3 (New Living Translation)...
The Shepherd's Heart: When will we ever learn? (11/12/09)
The questions asked many years ago by Bob Dylan are ringing in my ears right now. As a point of reference, Dylan asked the questions "How many times must the cannon balls fly before they're forever banned?" and "How many deaths will it take 'til we know that too many people have died?"...
The Shepherd's Heart: The Nobel Prize (10/15/09)
Well, like many of you, I was shocked when I heard that our President was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Heck -- even the President was shocked (at least that what he said). Personally, and in my humblest of opinions, I think a person should have a track record before being awarded such a prestigious honor. But, as usual, nobody asked me...
The Shepherd's Heart: What about the harvest (10/08/09)
In my neck of the woods, there seems to be a lot of talk lately about the harvest. Seems to be looking good so far. But what about the other harvest? You know, the one spoken of in the Bible. Jesus himself said the fields were "white unto harvest" and bemoaned the fact that the laborers to bring in that crop were too few...
The Shepherd's Heart: Grandma's Pearls of Wisdom (10/05/09)
A co-worker of my wife recently gave her a poem that brightened my wife's day. We asked if we could share it. "Grandma" said yes, so here it is. The poem was titled "Grandma's Pearls of Wisdom" with the heading "To My Dear Granddaughter." While I wish I could note proper attribution, there was no author listed. When she hand-copied the poem to give to my wife, "Grandma" changed the next to the last line from "granddaughter" to "special friend," which meant a lot to my wife...
The Shepherd's Heart: You'll be missed (09/24/09)
"Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary ... Dead at 72" The news came to us from Danbury, Connecticut early in the morning on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009: Mary Travers, one-third of the popular folk singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary, had died at the age of 72 after a long battle with leukemia...
The Shepherd's Heart: A collective dream come to pass (09/17/09)
Every once in a while a moment comes along that makes you stop and wonder how it ever came to pass. This is especially true in our modern era of rudeness and "my way or the highway" attitudes. Even so, next week we will all have the opportunity to celebrate just such a moment with the long-awaited dedication of the Community Cancer Center...
The Shepherd's Heart: Things change, don't they? (09/10/09)
"The well house is still standing, but that's about all that's left of the old home site." "Grandpa's barn is gone." "The trails are overgrown with shrubs and tall, wiry grasses have overtaken the pasture." "The fence rows are clogged with brushy undergrowth, thorn trees and briars patches."...
The Shepherd's Heart: Who's behind the curtain? (09/03/09)
There is a line in the 1939 American musical fantasy "The Wizard of Oz" that goes something like, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." The next shot is that of a man pulling levers and pushing buttons and trying his best to maintain an illusion that apparently was powerful enough to keep people under his control...
The Shepherd's Heart: Fifteen (09/01/09)
I have recently been thinking about how many times we -- as human beings and as Christians -- walk past opportunities to do something good for someone. It's probably not a great exaggeration to say that we all have opportunities every day to do good; to offer a hand to someone in need; to show someone the way out of a seemingly devastating circumstance...
The Shepherd's Heart: A contribution -- or a whole hog commitment? (08/20/09)
I would like to begin this column with a story I heard just the other day. It seems a chicken and a pig were walking down the road early in one morning. The chicken was getting kind of hungry. Suddenly, he saw a diner ahead. When they got a little closer he saw a sign that said, "Breakfast Special -- Ham and Eggs -- $1.99."...
The Shepherd's Heart: Releasing Some Pressure (08/12/09)
A week or two ago, our family vacationed on the banks of the Gasconade River, at a small private campground just across the river from Boiling Spring, a cold water spring that bubbles up near the east bank, pouring more than 42 million gallons of fresh water into the river each day. ...
The Shepherd's Heart: From the Gasconade: Part One (08/07/09)
We were lazily floating down the Gasconade River, minding our own business, when she appeared; flying close to the water and then swooping up to perch momentarily on a branch above the current before spreading her long but graceful wings and flying southward over an adjacent hay field. The sun glinted off her white head and lower legs as she flew. I reasoned she had been looking for a meal in the fish filled waters, but I hoped she had just dropped in to say "Hi."...
The Shepherd's Heart: Missin' the feelin' (07/30/09)
Say what you will about the rush of big V-8s, but sometimes, when I sit and think about days gone by, I miss the "chukachukachukachuka" sound and feel of a good old Volkswagen. I used to love to drive my old VW van everywhere I went. I tried once to enter the world of VW through the purchase of a sporty little Dasher, but I couldn't keep the thing out of the repair shop so I traded it to another VW fan for an old sloped-front split-window VW conversion van. ...
Shepherd's Heart: Sounds of the fair (07/24/09)
We spent a little extra time at the Saline County Fairgrounds last week. During my tenure as a newspaper reporter, I had spent many days and evenings there reporting on the young people involved in 4-H and FFA and their various projects. But it had been a while since I was there on an almost daily basis. When our son decided to raise a couple of Boer goats to show at the fair, that all changed...
The Shepherd's Heart: HR 45: Chicken salad, or something much worse? (07/16/09)
These are troubling times in our nation, and they have become more -- in my humble opinion -- with the introduction this past January of 2009 of HR 45, the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. The only good thing about this bill is that it when it was sponsored by a representative from Illinois it had no co-sponsors...
The Shepherd's Heart: Through the glass (07/09/09)
All the commotion over the recent plethora of celebrity deaths reminded me of a song I heard many years ago by then Contemporary Christian Music newcomer Randy Stonehill. (By now you know that Randy is one of my all time favorite songwriters.) The following spoke of the way we get hypnotized by the fame and fortune of others; of how we make them into heroes, though they have done nothing to earn or deserve that honor; and how they let us down by not really being who they appear to be. ...
The Shepherd's Heart: A rebel with a cause (07/02/09)
Once upon a time there was a man. Some called him an outlaw because he went from town to town stirring people up with the words he said. They spoke badly of the band of ruffians and fishermen he chose to run with. Folks didn't really know where he came from or what, if anything, he had done wrong. They just reckoned it was something bad, some mystery in his life that kept him moving from town to town and from village to village...
The Shepherd's Heart: Young People: The Future (06/25/09)
We hear it all the time ... "The young people are the future of our nation." That's true. What our nation -- or our republic -- will become in the future depends heavily upon how today's youngsters choose to live their lives, leverage their numbers, and so on. It also depends upon how they perceive the present. Future decisions will be influenced by what young people see today and how they feel about it...
The Shepherd's Heart: Raise Your Expectation (06/18/09)
The congregation I serve is used to hearing me encourage them to "expect great things from God!" I often remind them, probably as much for myself as for them, that expectation is the key to seeing God move in their lives. I truly believe that if we are to see God move in this hour -- a time when we really need to see Him at work in the world -- we must ask humbly for His intervention and then live in expectation...
The Shepherd's Heart: Summoned to the throne room (06/11/09)
I was roused softly from my slumber at about three o'clock this morning. Looking around the room, I could see know one there. I looked out the window to see if something outside may have been the culprit. Then I felt the unmistakable presence of the Holy Spirit filling the room...
The Shepherd's Heart: Standin' On A Corner (06/04/09)
Yep. I did it. During our recent trip along the "mother road" of America I stopped and had my picture taken beside a bronze statue of a young man with a guitar. Behind me you can see a mural depicting the reflection of "a girl my Lord in a flatbed Ford" who might just be slowing down to take a look at the young man with the guitar...
The Shepherd's Heart: Bumper stickers and gold pheasant head cologne bottles (05/28/09)
Out here on the "mother road" of America, cities, towns and villages alike are trying to cash in on the fame of what once was the main thoroughfare between Chicago and Los Angeles. One might find, for example, a Route 66 Travel Center situated right down the highway from the newest and biggest Route 66 Casino or the most recently renovated Route 66 Motor Lodge...
The Shepherd's Heart: Moving Mountains (05/21/09)

There is a story told in the scriptures where a man came to Jesus and begged Him to have mercy on his son, who was vexed with a demonic spirit. He told Jesus that his son often fell into the fire or water and that he suffered severely. "So I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him," the man said...
The Shepherd's Heart: Hip pockets full of stories to tell (05/15/09)
All this rain sure has muddied the waters and kept lake and river levels on the flux. Usually, by this time of the year, most of us have had a fairly decent start to our season of fishing. But this has been some other kind of year. We visited a regular haunt the other evening and found the water to be muddy and somewhat non-productive. Another fishing hole was clearer, but the water level was very high and there seemed to be an overabundance of vegetation crowding the shoreline...
The Shepherd's Heart: Anonymously anonymous (05/07/09)
"If I had a hammer, I'd" ... No. That's not right. "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night" ... No. That's not it either. "We are stardust, we are golden, 
We are two billion year old carbon" ... Nope. That's not it either. "Well, they take all the trees and they put 'em in a tree museum" ......
The Shepherd's Heart: Goodbye First Amendment: It's been good knowing you (04/30/09)
You probably haven't heard much about it in the mainstream media, but the Department of Homeland Security has issued an emergency assessment titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."...
The Shepherd's Heart: Badlands (04/17/09)
As we have traveled, the members of our family have each adopted certain places along the way as special to them in one way or another. One of my favorite places, and one I would like to revisit for a longer period of time, was Badlands National Park in South Dakota...
The Shepherd's Heart: Not even a shadow (04/09/09)
Let's start with a little irreverent humor I picked up somewhere along the way. Three people are standing before St. Peter at the gates of heaven, where they have to answer one question to get in. If they fail, they go to the other place for eternity...
The Shepherd's Heart: The wondrous cross (04/02/09)
During these days, as we meditate on the suffering of our Lord and Savior prior to His death, burial and resurrection, I am reminded of an old hymn that ministers to me in a way many of the newer songs of celebration cannot. It is called "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross."...
The Shepherd's Heart: Morning has broken! (03/26/09)
Sitting in my office on one stormy morning, I took note of the dark clouds which had carried heavy rains, strong winds, and generally stormy weather through our area. At the west edge of the clouds, the overcast was clearing and sunny blue skies were visible. It brought a familiar song to mind...
The Shepherd's Heart: A pat on the back can live forever (03/19/09)
Recently, as I sat on the bank of a pond somewhere in Saline County, I was reminded of a day long ago when I ventured out on a trek that would set my destiny as a fisherman. I was all of 10 or 11 years old staying with my grandparents on their small homestead of a farm in the hills of northern Arkansas. ...
The Shepherd's Heart: Passing it on (03/12/09)
It was the first time in his life that my son left the house alone for his first fishing excursion of the new season. That is, the first trip of the year has usually been a father and son event. This year, however, his mother and I had made plans to venture out of town with another couple that morning, so Jordan loaded his tackle into my truck and headed off to try out a new-found fishery at a church member's farm lake...
The Shepherd's Heart: The Devil's Advocate (03/05/09)
We've all heard people say, during a conversation, that they are being "the devil's advocate." I sometimes wonder if they know what they are saying. I have been giving that phrase a lot of thought lately, and I believe I've come up with a few things that I might do if I were, indeed, the enemy of the faith...
The Shepherd's Heart: What a day (02/26/09)
I remember -- from "back in the day" -- an advertisement for a movie where the catch phrase was "Just keep telling yourself -- it's only a movie." That's kind of how I felt yesterday, when the temperature soared to the mid-60s and the sun was bold and beautiful through the wispy clouds...
The Shepherd's Heart: A better system (02/20/09)
I don't mean to sound like a prophet of doom, but the world as we've known it is caving in on itself. Make no mistake, the world's system is failing. So how do we live a stress-free life in the midst of economic hardship, financial crises, increased unemployment, and other signs of world-system failure? I submit that it depends on the system in which we operate...
The Shepherd's Heart: Oops! Look what we've started! (02/05/09)
Oh, poop! I messed up. And this time there's going to be heck to pay. First off, let me say how sorry I am. Really. I am sorry and embarrassed and ask forgiveness from all of you who will suffer because of my lack of consideration on your behalf. You see, recently I read where a British environmentalist told government officials in the UK that couples who have more than two children are "being irresponsible by creating an unbearable burden on the environment."...
The Shepherd's Heart: The Load (01/29/09)
What kind of burdens do you carry? Maybe you have health concerns. Or maybe you face issues that pull at the foundation or your family or household. You may be dealing with stress at work. Financial worries may have you feeling confused and oppressed. Maybe your burden is one of shame because of some foolish or hateful act you have committed in the past.
The Shepherd's Heart: Remember to pray for our leaders (01/21/09)
We all watched on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, as the 44th President of the United States took the oath of office. During that day, according to published reports, President Obama bowed his head in prayer -- publically -- at least a dozen times.
The Shepherd's Heart: Back on the water (01/15/09)
For the past several years, when anyone in our family wanted to go fishing we would grab the canoe from it's resting place in the backyard and head to one of a few local ponds or small lakes and spend the morning, afternoon, or evening on the water. Most of those days you would find us tossing spinner baits or jigs toward the banks and reeling them back to the canoe in hopes of landing a formidable bass or a hard-fighting crappie...
The Shepherd's Heart: Troubled times? Seek advice from the most reliable source (01/08/09)
So, here we are at the beginning of another year. The Year of Our Lord 2009 is upon us and we are all wondering what the New Year might bring. In fact, I've been reading the musings of the pundits, columnists, and generic talking heads and, frankly, they all seem to fall short of saying anything new or revealing as it pertains to the economic disaster we are currently facing or the almost impossible predicament(s) we find ourselves in around the world...
The Shepherd's Heart: Remember those less fortunate this Christmas (12/24/08)
They got Christmas Muzak Piped in through the ceiling And the refills of coffee Are always for free And the waitress on graveyard And the surly night manager Are wishing that all of us losers would leave There's a star on the sign At the Texaco Station...
The Shepherd's Heart: No highlight reels -- just plain fun (12/04/08)
When I was a much younger person, my family lived on a street in a neighborhood near the inner core of Kansas City. The people there were friendly folks, mostly first- or second-generation Italian Americans who loved being there. The neighborhood has changed now, and is showing the signs of urban blight. Mom and Dad have moved to the suburbs to be closer to family, and hopefully a bit safer...
The Shepherd's Heart: What's this Thanksgiving thing all about? (11/20/08)
Forgive me while I contemplate the history of what we call Thanksgiving. In the spring, after their survival of that first difficult winter, the Pilgrim settlers of Plymouth Colony began planting their first crops. In the fall, with help from their Native American neighbors, they gathered in their first harvest...
The Shepherd's Heart: A view from the deer stand (11/13/08)
The weatherman says it's supposed to be quite crisp and maybe snow a bit on Saturday. That sounds good to me -- and about half a million other men, women and youngsters who will be heading for the fields and forests of Missouri on opening day of firearms deer season...
The Shepherd's Heart: Shadows of Pinocchio and Stromboli (11/06/08)
Because of a scheduling conflict, I am writing this before the final results of the 2008 presidential election have been tallied. Still, I am a little cautious about what I am about to say. I can't help but think that now that the election is over we may well begin to see just who the puppet masters have been during the past two years of campaigning...
The Shepherd's Heart: A call to prayer (10/30/08)
The presidential election is just five or six days away, so I can't really make any comments on the election itself. I would, however, like to call the Christians who still care about our nation to do something many may not have done in quite some time...
The Shepherd's Heart: Opportunities for distraction (10/23/08)
Distraction. That's what we need these days: A little distraction. What with all the bad news coming from Wall Street and Main Street, from D.C., and from election boards across the nation. Even the local airwaves are flooded with campaign ads and other bits of misinformation...
The Shepherd's Heart: If the foundations be destroyed (10/16/08)
In his book "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," William Shirer offers much insight into the nation that was Nazi Germany. Therein we find that Germany was a highly educated, industrialized, and civilized European nation. So how, some have asked, did the nation sink so far into what we saw under Hitler's reign?...
The Shepherd's Heart: Another choice (10/09/08)
O.K. After watching yet another Presidential Candidate Debate this week, it's fair to say that, for the most part, I am disgusted (to put it mildly) with the current presidential race. I heard nothing of substance, nothing of any value, nothing but a bunch of finger-pointing and looking backward instead of telling us what they were going to do in the future. ...
The Shepherd's Heart: Handling the transition (10/02/08)
Like many of you, I believe that one of the greatest gifts God has given me is my children. I have four -- three girls and one boy -- and each are very special to me. As those of you who are parents know, raising children can be a rather humbling -- and tiring -- task. ...
The Shepherd's Heart: What makes a cult? (09/25/08)
I read recently that a religious group in Arkansas currently being investigated for child pornography is being characterized as a "cult" because they oppose homosexuality, oppose Roman Catholicism, and oppose the government. Let me state here and now, for the record, that I believe bigamy is wrong; I believe sexual activity with minors is wrong; and I believe bigotry in any form is wrong. Further, let it be known that I am not defending the actions or practices of this group in Arkansas...
The Shepherd's Heart: A Room Full of Preachers (09/17/08)
While attending a recent seminar for hospice chaplains, I couldn't help notice just how different people who call themselves "ministers" can be. The conference room was filled with men and women alike, some in suits and some in jeans, and some with starched, white clergy collars announcing there vocation to all who would take notice...
The Shepherd's Heart: Finding our way (09/11/08)
"You're lost, aren't you?" "No I'm not. I know exactly where I am." "You're lost, alright. I can see it in your eyes." "I am not lost!" Have you ever been part of such a conversation? It can drive you crazy, I'm sure. Most of us, at one time or another, have been heading toward a certain destination only to find that we've lost our way -- which is a pleasant way to say we got lost. The primary byproducts of getting lost are frustration, anger, and even embarrassment...
The Shepherd's Heart: A Fire in Your Bones (09/04/08)
In all my studies of scripture, I think I've come to the conclusion, at least for now, that the prophet Jeremiah was probably the most human of the prophets. How did I come to such a conclusion? Because he was willing to admit that he didn't like following God...
BOB G. STEWART, Columnist
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