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MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: I just wanted a hamburger

I just wanted a hamburger. I was hungry. I was driving by a fast-food restaurant, so I pulled into the drive through and placed my order. “I’ll have a hamburger,” I clearly say. But to get my hamburger I had to refuse a drink, french fries, an apple pie, and a pair of socks.

The need for speed … limits

So begins the Wikipedia article on inertia: “Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion, including changes to its speed.” Simply put, things don’t change on their own. It takes force. It takes friction.

Moneyball rules

These days the term “moneyball,” which originally described the rigorous application of data analysis to choosing and valuing baseball players, is broadly applied to making decisions about politics, education, and numerous other pursuits. For example, I read in a recent “Wall Street Journal” that a high school graduate planning to pursue a career as a computer programmer would be foolish to go to college because he or she could master the needed skills much quicker in a trade school and earn just as much as the college grad.

Even after his death Tom Brandon’s passions yield fruit

When a dear friend dies, we usually think of what we have lost. But when my friend and former pastor, Dr. Tom Brandon, died last week, I was overwhelmed with thoughts of what I and the Sherman community had gained through his life and ministry. One example comes from recalling a time that First Baptist Church had a Sunday in which we were honoring Dr. Brandon for 25 years of service and he of course was preaching. He surprised me and others by using the scripture from John 3:30 that says, “He (Christ) must increase, but I must decrease.” Right in the middle of being honored, he taught us that honoring Christ must always be our priority.

Local prisoner of war camp remembered

Newcomers to this area and sometimes those who have been around a few years occasionally ask about and are surprised that a Prisoner of War Camp was located just west of the Denison Dam beyond the present spillway area at the end of World War II. The camp was built to house 150 prisoners.

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The honey-do tax

Take a moment and step into my time machine, dear reader, and let us travel back to Babylon, 1772 BC. Here on the banks of the Euphrates River, we’ll first make a quick stop at the temple of Esagila to tip our caps at the shrine of Nabu. I’m told he’s the Assyrian god of writing, and certain columnists could use all the help they can get.


I have a close friend of mine that just got into a little bit of trouble with the law. This guy has the biggest heart, he is humble, but from time to time I guess he drinks a little. To make a long story short, he made a couple of bad decisions, and decided to drive while under the influence, and now he’s going to jail.

Disturb us

Often in life it is easy to become complacent with the way things are going. I find that it happens most often, not when things are hard, but when they’re fairly easy. Not when you are on a mountain top or in a valley, but when you’re walking along the plain and have convinced yourself that you have a good handle on your life and say, “Fine,” when people ask you how you are.

The preacher’s rules

Today is a big day for my family, but Sunday’s always are when your dad is a pastor. I suppose, “was” a pastor is more technically correct, but then, that gets to the reason today is special. Today marks the last day behind the pulpit for my dear ol’ pops, as he’s retiring from his church in small-town Colorado after more than 20 years.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: Finding a good welcome

Isn’t it amazing how welcome you can feel when you step into a restaurant that really has a good business? There’s someone there to greet you, get you to a table, unless there’s a waiting line, see that everyone is seated, and then someone else just as friendly to take your order and serve your food. I appreciate places like that, especially if it turns out they have good food, too.