Where You From?
by Frank Waugh on July 30th, 2021
A tourist was traveling on his way to the North Carolina highlands and stopped at a country gas station for a pit stop and a Coke. The man was casually dressed but not in the way of the locals. In place of the snapback cap, blue jeans and work boots of the locals, the traveler wore a golf visor, pleated shorts, and a button down. The men watching the red BMW pull up to the gas pump didn’t have to see the license plate or wait until the traveler got out of the car to know he was a stranger. Nobody they knew drove luxury foreign cars. Ford, Chevy and Ram Trucks, yes but not BMWs.
by Frank Waugh on June 25th, 2021
"Jesus is lost," said the church member to the pastor. "We need to find Jesus!" To unassuming ears this conversation might sound the alarms of imminent disaster. For if we lost Jesus in the Christian church, where would we be? Up a creek without a paddle.
The Be Cool Attitudes
by Frank Waugh on May 28th, 2021
We’re all familiar with the Beatitudes of Jesus, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, etc.” These famous lines of scripture describe the secret sauce of a blessed life. And yet, some people struggle to find peace and blessing in their lives, even though they profess a Christian faith.
The Art of the Thrift
by Frank Waugh on April 23rd, 2021
Thrift stores. Love them. Doesn’t matter where they are or who the benefactors are from their operation. Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Ollies, Bargain Hunt, Big Lots or Local Joe Bob’s Get It Here Cheap Store. I love them all!
by Frank Waugh on February 26th, 2021
As a child from the hills of Watauga County, North Carolina I grew up in the woods. Not the sticks, mind you. Rural as it may be, Boone, North Carolina hardly qualified as sticks even in the 60’s and 70’s. There were too many people from places like New York and Florida trampling the rhododendron to consider Boone off the map. After World War 2, the Yankees found us because of Appalachian State. Ski resorts for wealthy city slickers started popping up in the area in the 1950’s. The rest is history. Boone was country, but with a map dot.
The Truest Love
by Frank Waugh on February 12th, 2021
Love songs are dominating the radio air waves this week as the world prepares to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I suppose we can never get enough of the silky voices of people like John Legend singing hits like “All of Me” or Bette Midler singing “The Rose.” Even the happily unpartnered respond to the sound of love songs as they too raise the volume a little when their favorite song plays. Apparently, God made us this way. We’re made for love.
God With Us
by Frank Waugh on December 11th, 2020
Throughout the season of Advent, we are meditating weekly on Isaiah’s proclamation concerning the coming of Immanuel – God with us! And what a proclamation it is! First, it is a proclamation to the Hebrew people during a time of exile and return, and secondly it is a proclamation to us while we experience a world-shattering year of isolation, exile and challenge. The thought of Immanuel – God with Us – is a grounding hope that helps us hang in there, to hold on, and to wait. And it lays the foundation for how we may gather again one day in a changed and potentially better world.
by Frank Waugh on December 3rd, 2020
As the Christmas season approaches, Currier and Ives scenes of early American holidays begin to appear on cards and storefront displays, the songs of Christmas begin to fill the airways, festive seasonal celebrations 2020-style begin to occupy prime time television schedules. And the atmosphere begins to swell with the nostalgia of by-gone eras of Christmas past.
by Frank Waugh on October 2nd, 2020
We arrive at the month of October with a spectacular celestial event called the Harvest Moon. On such nights, the Earth’s satellite shows itself opposite the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) appearing full for about three days. The Moon shares its reflected light, casting away shadows with moon glow, making darkness appear as day.
Living the Yes
by Frank Waugh on September 26th, 2020
Several years ago, I led a retreat in Atlanta for a group of 20 people. We gathered for a weekend to consider a topic inspired by 2 Corinthians 2:18-20.
The Frontline Worker
by Frank Waugh on September 19th, 2020
Throughout the period of the Covid19 pandemic, like many, I have refrained from eating in restaurants and cafes, restricting myself to occasional take-out. As an added level of caution, I have limited myself to doing business with only a couple of fast food establishments that appear to be taking the public health situation seriously.
Assurance or Insurance?
by Frank Waugh on September 12th, 2020
Recently, I had the inestimable pleasure of forking out a small fortune for a new set of tires for my pickup truck. Acquiring tires is one of those activities that you may love, but it seems kind of like teeth cleaning to me – necessary: yes, exciting: no.