Speaking the Truth in Love

Posts by David Wright

A Short List

The Bible says that “there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (1 Tim. 6:6-8). The simplicity of these needs contrasts sharply with the extensive list…

Is Church a Spectator Sport?

Team identification is a fascinating thing. At work, men boast about the athletic accomplishments of players they don’t even know. “Did you see the homerun Joey Gallo hit? He’s my man!” “Did you see Luka Doncic hit that incredible three-pointer last night? Wow!” Of course, team identification isn’t always fun. If Dak Prescott throws an…

Who Has the Real Crown?

Eric is the preaching minister of the Hamburg Pike Church of Christ in Jeffersonville, Indiana.] Many human coronaviruses exist, but COVID-19 is a new disease. The virus has spikes that make it appear to have a crown (Latin “corona”). COVID-19 is spread person-to-person or by contact with contaminated surfaces. The symptoms are fever, cough, and…

Do You Have a Jacket over Your Head?

On January 6, 2014, the Auburn Tigers played Florida State University in the NCAA football championship. The Auburn team had one loss, and FSU was undefeated. Plus, the Seminoles’ outstanding quarterback was Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner. Oddsmakers expected Auburn to lose. But fans like me had a feeling that Auburn would win…

The Sunday Forecast

Lord, I love you with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind, so there’s a 100% chance that I’ll be in church this Sunday. I can’t wait to praise your name in song and prayer, remember your Son in communion, listen to the reading and preaching of your word, give thanks with an offering, and…

Delight in the Lord

According to a blog posted at Joel Osteen’s website, “God is interested in all your needs, desires, and even, your prosperity. […] Heaven is full of blessings waiting to be bestowed upon you. […] He will cause rivers of blessings to flow into your financial desert. […] Expect supernatural provision in your life.” One scripture…

The Manager of the Business

Usually, the church receives several calls a day from telemarketers. “Hello, this is the Seagoville Church of Christ.” “Yes, may I speak to the youth director?” “May I speak to the person who coordinates fund-raisers?” “May I speak to the person authorized to make changes in your phone service?” “May I speak to the pastor?”…

What Wasn’t Expected

Cynthia Kelly is the editor of “Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses and Historians.” The book includes a fascinating story about Swiss physicist Paul Scherrer, who bombarded thorium with neutrons “and saw the fission fragments that [Lise] Meitner and [Otto] Frisch had identified. But Scherrer wouldn’t…

In the Sewer

On the afternoon of December 19, 2011, workers at the Brown-Foreman plant in Louisville, Kentucky, were transferring liquor from one tank to another. Somebody forgot to close a valve, and 2,500 gallons of 70 proof alcohol poured into the sewer. The top comment on the story posted at a local news website read: “I think…