2009 Back to School Message…

Originally presented in 2009 at Curwensville Alliance Church

I’ll never forget how ill-equipped some of the kids I went to college with were.

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning

Oh — not academically. They knew their stuff in that area. And not socially. They did fine making friends. And financially… it was like money grew on trees, for some of them.

Still, many of them were completely unprepared for what they were going to face as they went from their high schools to the university setting.

This message is designed to give students some tools to use when they are confronted by some of the less-academic (and often less-than-honorable) challenges provided by the college environment.

Back to School Sermon…

Back to school clothes, bookbags, gym clothes, supplies… The preparation list goes on and on.

Every good parent and every good student makes all the preparations diligently. But what about spiritual preparation? Is there any need for students to prepare their hearts spiritually for the school year? Continue reading

An Above Average Comic…

When Laurel and I encountered the empty nest, we resolved to still eat meals at our table and to do things together. One of those things became the crossword puzzle in the newspaper. I know — that sounds pretty boring, right? Stay with me here. As an incentive to complete the crossword, we rewarded ourselves with the Jumble. As an incentive to complete the Jumble, we rewarded ourselves with reading the funnies.

It was then we noticed something. The funnies in the newspaper just weren’t funny.

I had all but given up on laughing at comics, until a few months ago, when Drew Stodart started writing them.

They are great — relatable and comical. 

You can read a few here:
http://averagejoecomics.com

Today, I received my own copy of his first book. It’s great stuff, and would make a great gift for a friend.

I got mine on Amazon!