midweek musings

The Truth of Dr. House

Did you ever watch the TV show House? It was a popular show that ran from 2004 to 2012. The lead character was Dr. Gregory House, MD. House was portrayed by the award-winning actor Hugh Laurie. IMBD describes the show this way: “An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.” I enjoyed the show and even catch it on reruns when I can. Dr. House has a mantra he carries with him into every medical case that confronts him. It is “Everybody Lies.” House begins every diagnostic investigation with that presupposition — “Everyone lies.” On more than one occasion he sta

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Luke 9:57-62 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” The movie Hidden Figures is the true story of the early days of NASA, prior to the


I love the actor Will Smith. Since he first came on the scene in the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the early 1990s, I have enjoyed following his career. Smith has been the lead actor in a number of my favorite films like Independence Day, Men in Black, and The Pursuit of Happiness. Smith also gives great interviews which often become inspirational speeches. It is clear from these talks that Smith is heavenly influenced by his Baptist upbringing. In fact, in a 2015 interview with The Christian Post Smith shared that his Christian faith instruction, especially from his Grandmother, is central to who he is. Speaking of her Smith said, "She was my spiritual teacher, she was that grandm


It is funny how life repeats itself. When I was in college, I remember the question I got from everyone I met was “so what is your major.” Of course, I learned quickly to not just give my initials of my major—CE—which stood for Christian Education because some folks would think CE meant Civil Engineering…that misunderstanding led to some pretty funny conversations! Today, I am the one asking my daughter’s friends what their major is. Of course, the world is more complicated, and majors are so much more diverse that sometimes I have to ask politely what that major really means! Recently one of those folks I had asked what their major was used the wrong verb tense and instead of asking me what


Last week I was reading as Laura and I headed down to Macon to help Laura’s Mom plan for Laura’s Dad’s memorial service and go through his personal effects. As she drove, I read something from Rachel Held Evans that stuck with me. In fact, even now, over a week later, my mind keeps coming back to it. Funny thing is it is a book I had read before; however, it was what was open on my Kindle, so I began to read. The book is entitled Searching for Sunday. If you go to Amazon, you will find this description of it: Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals--church culture


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