Verse of the Month
Philippians 4:8:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

DeVon Franklin and Will Smith
Melting Hearts in Hollywood

“Do they really pray in Hollywood?”

That was one parishioner’s response when I played a DVD clip from the Hollywood Prayer Network to illustrate a point.

The answer is a big “Yes” and the point was immeasurably strengthened last month. The Beverly Garland Hotel and First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood were venues for the Hollywood Prayer Network’s partnering in “The Summons” directed by such evangelical stalwarts as the National Day of Prayer team and Pray for America.

The featured speaker Oct. 3 was the youngish DeVon Franklin (pictured above left), former intern under Will Smith and now president of his own production company.



Christians Undercover is a series of interviews and reflections written by various authors.

Samuel M. Jones

Golden Rule Jones

Welsh immigrant Samuel Jones made his way to the Pennsylvania oil fields in the 1860s and his keen mind helped him get rich on some of his patents. In his own factory, in 1894 he decided to employ the Golden Rule as his managerial standard.

He introduced an 8-hour day, a $2 minimum wage, a cooperative insurance scheme, kindergarten, a cafetaria offering hot meals for workers and a park for workers with a hall featurung progressive speakers.

He served four terms as mayor of Toledo where he would often chair night court and dismiss most cases of petty theft and drunkeness. He fined himself and all men in the courtroom to pay bail whenever prostitutes were being arraigned.

Crime fell dramatically in his terms and when he died in 1904 nearly 55,000 tearful people streamed past his coffin. Lord, send us more like him.

The Hand of God by Basil Wolverton
Our Indefatigable God

I chose the word “indefatigable” for my Inspiration talk at Thursday’s toastmasters club.

The definition helped inspire me. Indefatigable is a great word, and words matter to toastmasters. It means “incapable of tiring, tireless, and inexhaustible.”

But that sure didn’t describe my mental condition as I looked ahead to last week.



Yeas and Nays

Excavating the Gospels

Excavating the Gospels

On the episode of A Second Look, pastor and journalist Neil Earle looks at 10 of the most important archaeological discoveries relating to the four biblical Gospels. Featuring guest Ronald Kelly.

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