Here’s the billboard that grabs my attention every time I’m at the traffic light on Glenwood Avenue and Route 224. You can’t tell from my amateur photo, but a number lights up in that blank spot to advertise the average time a guest to Northside Hospital’s Emergency Room has to wait to be seen by a medical professional.
What a brilliant idea! Even though that facility is miles from my home, I’m still interested in the billboard because I’ve done the parent thing; hanging out in ER waiting rooms for hours with a sick or injured child. In those situations, it’s hard not to speculate on why it takes so long.
Moms always want a clean car. Denny Pallay isn’t a mom, but he loves upkeep on cars and teaching people how to maintain their vehicles. This picture is the result of the plans we made that I posted about during the kids’ Spring Break.
On Saturday, from noon to four pm, Denny led the way as a dozen or so people from the high school and junior high groups from our church washed, waxed and vacuumed cars for any mom. If that wasn’t enough, he recruited his wife and daughter, Sharon and Wendy, to put together sweets for the moms as they waited. And the charge for this? Absolutely nothing.
Photo credit: Ken Schwarz / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
As has been humorously put, when we become Christians, there are two things we can do on earth that we won’t be able to do in heaven: sin and witness. The question for us is to decide which one we think Jesus left us here to do.
-Mike Breen and Alex Absalom, Launching Missional Communities
Without fail, whenever a terrible event occurs there are stories of people performing incredibly selfless acts to help the victims. Monday’s bombing in Boston was no exception. The media’s bombarding of our airwaves with video clips of the terrible thing shows that even in the earliest moments after the explosion many people ran toward the carnage. It’s evidence that there are good people who are ready to help when others are desperately in need.
However, there are many instances in everyday life when people are in need and nobody helps them. So, what does it take to get people to sacrifice their time, efforts or even finances to aid them?
No, I don’t mean food. This is my friend Denny Pallay. He retired from working on the railroad in Northeast Ohio back in January. In the fall we chatted over coffee and he shared with me this idea that lined up with his passion for working on cars. He lives near our church and is in tune with the needs of people in the neighborhood.
It’s really quite simple. Denny loves to work on cars, and that includes maintaining them. Since there are so many people who don’t have much money and don’t know much about cars, he thought it would be a great idea to show them how or even fix their cars for free.
Yeah baby! March Madness is right around the corner. It’s the do-or-die, youthful energy that surpasses that of pro hoops. Thousands of kids from schools all over the country wear their colors with pride as their teams fight for the honored title of National Champions. And there’s one aspect of it that get me going every time.
It happens every year, and it seems to be a more common occurrence as the years go by. It doesn’t matter how small your school or its lack of a powerful b-ball heritage, as long as your team is selected as one of the 68 there is a chance to win the top prize.
Butler, previously unrecognized by most NCAA enthusiasts, surprised the country by making the championship game two years – losing by the final shot to the perennial powerhouse Duke Bluedevils in the first year. My favorite game of all time was the National Championship game in the ’80s when 8th seeded Villanova defeated top ranked Georgetown.
Okay, so Erin Hawkins won’t be getting any medals for sledding. After the epic fail in offering assistance to her little sis’ Megan, Erin ventured out on her own down the snowy slope with much the same result. Listen closely and you’ll hear her “Ahhhhhhhh!” just before the stop, drop, and roll routine (not necessarily in that order).
But in Erin’s defense, there’s hardly a lot of sledding in Cost Rica, where she is a missionary for CRU (a.k.a, Campus Crusade for Christ). Even if the white stuff was in abundance, she’d be spending her time telling college students about Jesus Christ and teaching them to tell others. Pretty awesome. Jesus thinks so to. Remember the whole Great Commission thing that Jesus told his disciples about just before going up to heaven?
Planet Fitness comes to Downingtown (Photo credit: Kim.Wood)
So now that my blood pressure is back to normal I can get back on the weight-loss horse again. Running outside isn’t the best way to get into it, especially in Ohio in the winter. Even in good weather I’m consistently inconsistent. I figure that the best way for me to hand in there is to spend some dough. That works because I don’t like to waste money. If I pay for it, I will do it.
Problem is, I don’t want to spend much money. I’d heard about this place called Planet Fitness that opened up in my town. Ten bucks a month. Can’t be that good if it costs so little, I reasoned. But it would be better than spending no money and not losing weight, so I gave it a try.
Yep, that’s what it looked like at Boardman Lanes last Saturday evening from 5 – 8 pm. Evangel Baptist Church in Boardman, OH, where I am the outreach pastor, had a Bowl-a-Palooza. This church had done a similar thing about seven years ago and called it the “Fiesta Bowl,” in connection with Ohio State playing in that game. This time we did it a little differently while keeping the same concept.
English: Angus T. Jones at a ceremony for Jon Cryer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
He’s only 19! Angus’ newly found faith has come at a great price. When teenagers get passionate about something, they go all out – even before they’ve considered the best course to accomplish their good thing. In all of the hullabaloo about his comments on the video that went viral, I’m wondering how much investment was put into seeking wisdom on how to share his testimony in the most productive way possible. Where were the adults in his life?