Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

5th-grader4Like American Idol, the recent television program, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, has been quite a hit for Fox and host, Jeff Foxworthy. Let’s face it, some kids are very smart, and often, they say the wisest things!  Listen to some of the remarkable wisdom of children from around the country.

  • “When your dad is mad and asks you, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer.”  Hannah, 9
  • “Stay far away from prunes.”  Randy, 9
  • “Don’t squat with your spurs on.”  Noronha, 13
  • “Puppies still have bad breath after you brush their teeth with dad’s toothbrush.”  Charlie, 9
  • “Never hold a Shop Vac and a cat at the same time.”  John, 9
  • “Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.”  Kellie, 11
  • “If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.”  Naomi, 15
  • “Felt markers are not really good to use as lipstick.”  Lauren, 9
  • “When you get a bad grade at school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone.”  Alyesha, 13

Two of the saddest things in this world is a child who can’t learn and an adult who won’t.  Every day you and I can learn something that will make us a better person and a more devout follower of Jesus. Every week our church can learn ways to be more effective at assimilating newcomers and helping our members to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus.

Prayer: “Lord, help us to stay curious. Help us have a hunger for You and a thirst for knowledge. Help us to be content in our salvation, but discontent in our level of spiritual maturity. Help us to do whatever it takes to be more like you in our thoughts, in our ways, and in our heart! Amen.”

Favorite Christmas Gift?

favoriteI enjoyed so much about Christmas this year–spending time with family, smoked turkey, peanut butter fudge, worship services–the list could go on and on. I imagine many of you feel the same way.

But, let’s talk presents for a few minutes! I hope you received and gave a number of presents that were perfect. With that in mind . . . .

What is the one favorite gift you received this Christmas?

If you can’t narrow it down to one (for fear of hurting someone’s feelings), then name two or three.

Favorite Restaurant?

pf-changsLast night, after my daughter and I completed a successful shopping venture, we ate at P.F. Changs restaurant in Louisville. I had a spring roll and Kung Pao Chicken; my daughter had Kung Pao Scallops. Delicious!

This morning I starting thinking about how we all have favorite local restaurants where we love to eat. So, let’s share our knowledge. Doesn’t have to be fancy! So here we go . . . .

Share where you live and 2 or 3 of your favorite local restaurants in that town or a town nearby. Feel free to elaborate on your choices and your favorite dishes.

What Do You Want For Christmas?

christmasher1This morning as I was driving to the church, I was listening to WJIE 88.5, one of my favorite Christian radio stations. One of the radio announcers was asking listeners to call and let her know if she should tell her husband what she would like him to get her for Christmas. She found something she really loves, but she hates to actually tell him what it is and remove the “surprise factor” surrounding her gift.

My theory is that she should tell him because most of us guys are clueless! She should do both of them a tremendous favor and show him an actual picture of the item, take him to the store and point to it like Vanna White, or better yet–just purchase it and tell him that’s what he got for her this year! Then, of course, tell him that she loves it and that he has made her so happy! That’s a win-win-situation!

What do you think? Should a wife or girlfriend tell the guy in her life what she would like to receive for Christmas?


During election season, we hear lots of promises. Well, this week my sermon is actually called Promises. We’re going to look at some promises I’m making to the people of First Baptist as their new Senior Pastor. As Joshua looked back over his life he could say with confidence:

“Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”  Joshua 23:14 (NIV)

God’s promises never fail, but unfortuantely, my promises sometimes do. Without mentioning names, can you think of a promise that someone made to you that they failed to keep?