From Joe's Desk...
[Recently] I received a phone call from a friend who wanted to talk about the nature of repentance. It was a life-giving conversation. Last night, I received a phone call from someone, unrelated to the call the night before, who wanted to talk about, well — repentance. Clearly, people are... Read more
Coming from a family of thirteen, it was common for me to “chime in” as often as possible at the dinner table (or wherever we found ourselves eating). Why? When you have ten brothers and sisters, there is not a lot of lag time—“dead air”, so to speak. More often... Read more
Yesterday, a most unexpected thing happened to me--first gut wrenching, then illuminating, in a span of merely 10-15 minutes. My wife texted me a change of address for our kids piano performance. The address was 556 Vallombrosa Avenue. “Just past the post office,” she texted. “Easy enough,” I thought. As... Read more
The story is told of Alexander the Great, that one day, upon heading home from a victorious battle, his caravan came upon a beggar by the roadside who asked for a copper coin. Initially, the courtier sent him away, but King Alexander intervened and asked what the poor man wanted... Read more
I still recall as a young boy walking to our local grocery store, and one of my older brothers taking a “pit stop” to “check out” some crayfish. At the time, I had no idea what he was doing, or why he would be doing anything other than getting to... Read more