Author Archives: Tom Long

Joy? Really? or Real Joy?

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 For few adults and too many children, life is not all peaches and cream. We have hardships, heartaches and trials. So, when the Bible tells us to rejoice, what are we to do? … Continue reading

Posted in Geeky | Comments Off on Joy? Really? or Real Joy?

Has the Greatest Commandment Become the Lost Commandment?

The Gospel reading for this coming Sunday is from John 13:34-35 (New Revised Common Lectionary). Before Jesus utters these words, he demonstrates them by taking a towel and bowl of water then brushing their dirty, smelly feet. 34 “A new command I … Continue reading

Posted in Geeky | Comments Off on Has the Greatest Commandment Become the Lost Commandment?

Did I Actually Exercise?

Today, I changed up my fitness routine. Normally on a good day, and only on a good day, I get up and stretch a few minutes with Classical Stretch: By Essentrics on PBS. Later, Joy and I usually go for … Continue reading

Posted in Personal observations | Tagged | Comments Off on Did I Actually Exercise?

Dream Church – Dogs, Dancing and Daylight

I have a dream church. It wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste. I have friends who love going to mega-churches with professional preaching, professional musicians, and professional productions of the service. It is a sort of Broadway production in their hometown, … Continue reading

Posted in Faith and Theology, Personal observations | Comments Off on Dream Church – Dogs, Dancing and Daylight

HOW BIG IS GOD’S TENT?

I ran into another old man at Island Jo’s coffee shop. I liked his haircut and asked him about his barber. As in many small towns, this led to a rather extended conversation. He told me that he had been … Continue reading

Posted in Faith and Theology | Comments Off on HOW BIG IS GOD’S TENT?