THIS IS THE VERY FIRST ENTRY ... Left at the top to explain the title. A new blog. Fresh perspectives. Why the name, “Muddy Shoes”? First, it has been said that we should never talk about someone unless we have walked a mile in their shoes. We should try to see the world from their… Continue reading Why the name, “Muddy Shoes”?
Most my life, I have hated long phone calls. I may give attention to my beloved wife and child, but with most people, if you haven’t finished the point in about 45 seconds, my mind has drifted elsewhere. So believe me when I say, todays’s quote hits me pretty hard. Me after 30 seconds Our… Continue reading May I Have Your Attention, Please?
Before Nehemiah prayed about rebuilding the broken walls, he first prayed for a healing of the broken people - including himself. Are you more concerned about the “nation” or about the people? About events or about lives? Is the burden in your prayers more about the church building and numbers or about the individuals and… Continue reading Prayers of the Broken Hearted
These days, church is weird. We have started back as one service. We are under the 50% occupancy rule. No choir. No offering. Extra cleaning. Marked off sections for our seniors. Spread out. No invitation at the end. Like I said, weird. Limited singing. And a sermon. Prayer. Pretty much it. No touch rules are… Continue reading Power of Touch
There are so many joyous things in this world. Things that bring smiles, elicit laughter and make one feel the warmth of the goodness in the world. New born life (My son became an uncle. My youth pastor’s wife had her child.) Job promotions. A kiss from ones’ wife first thing in the morning. Families… Continue reading People are Happy and Really Hurting
45,000 men. Gathered in a “men’s only” assembly. It took place at the old RFK Stadium, but it wasn’t about football. When they pounded their feet, I thought the stadium was going to collapse. When they lifted their voices in praise, I felt as close to heaven as ever. It was a powerful Promise Keepers’… Continue reading Leave and Start Over
2007 .... June 29 ... a day I thank God for. Who knew that it would change our lives. Maybe for the good - maybe for the not so good. What is so big? Today is the anniversary of when the iPhone first went on sale in the US? And the next day was when… Continue reading It’s been 13 Years … WOW!
TGIF. It’s Friday, yep, another weekend is here. So let’s make it a real “another”’ weekend ... Love one anotherBe at peace with one anotherBe devoted to one another in brotherly loveHonor one anotherBe patient with one anotherServe one anotherbe kind to one anotherForgive one anotherEncourage one anotherSpur one another on to loveWash one another’s… Continue reading Just Another Weekend
Sunday and Monday, Facebook was full of fake news. Hundreds of my friends and millions of others posted a simple line and each one was a lie. They all said something to this effect, “My dad is the best dad ever!” Or “Dad, you’re number one!” Or “Nobody could have ever asked for a better… Continue reading Liars, Liars, Pants on Fire
Weird. Paradoxical. Doesn’t seem to fit. Here are two things ... delight and fear ... that Nehemiah is putting together (Neh 1.11). As I pondered this, I tried to grasp it in my own life. What would this look like? How would I really live this out? And here are my thoughts ... I get… Continue reading Delight to Fear Your Name
The city was in chaos. The people had no real leadership. Confusion and brokenness and they had forgotten God and we’re living in shame. This is how they described Jerusalem to Nehemiah. He didn’t complain. He didn’t whine and act all superior. He didn’t get on a high horse and post on Facebook or Twitter.… Continue reading Two Minute Tuesday – A Simple Challenge