Allen's Thoughts and Sermons

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Daydream Lands

I have often dreamed of living in scienc fiction worlds. Real worlds, not fantacy ones. As a teenager I was going to be a science fiction writer, so it was important to visualize these worlds: The animals were animals, not monsters. The plants were plants such as we know. The people had to have... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


There is a river in eastern Iowa called the Wapsinicon. The Wapsi (as it is often called) begins very close to the Minnisota border, flows east of Waterloo, and empties into the Mississippi north of Davenport--its journey entirely in the state of Iowa. My cousins took me on a rowboat ride down the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Time of the Sabbath

It is Friday and in about an hour and a half the sun will set and the Sabath will begin. My wife does the dishes. I vacuum the floor. Both of us prepare something for pot luck: I prepare basic grub like a crockpot of beans while she prepares something more elaborate like a cassarole. They should be... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

No Marriage on TV

I first noticed it as I thought about Star Trek: Nobody was married. Nobody on the Original Series of "Star Trek" was married. Then came "Star Trek the Next Generation": Beverly Crusher was a widow. On "Deep Space 9" Chief O'Brian was a family man. Toward the end Worf and Jadzia got married. On... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Wash the Clothes????

In Exodus 19:10 God commanded the people have their clothes washed and gave them only three days to get the laundry done. It can be quite a challenge for some of us to get our clothes done in three weeks, let alone three days. Can you imagine what the task was like to the women? Wash all the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 2, 2018

God Provides

Since leaving home I have made it a point to pay tithe, and since the mid-1980s I have usually paid the same amount for other offerings. In the autum of 1978 I was having to pinch my pennies pretty thin. Suddenly a store clerk asked me if I'd like a shirt for $1. They were flannel work shirts, just... Sign in to see full entry.

The Reason for Leaving

I think it was a little over twenty years I was listening to the radio when I heard that the #1 reason people gave for leaving a church was that the carpet had been changed. Of all the great, soul-searching reasons.... Can't stand to go to that church any more; they changed the carpet. I know a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey

God said He would lead the children of Israel to a land flowing with milk and honey. Appealing advertizing there--but what exactly is a land flowing with milk and honey? Well, milk comes from cattle. Cattle graze on grass. You cannot very well irrigate pastures of grass, at least not with irrigation... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Longer Than Expected

My wife's friend was coming from Omaha. It would be no problem to pick up my wife's sister in Council Bluffs, too. Then she would pick her up and take her back on a later trip. But when later came she couldn't make the trip. The Chinese character for "argument" is two women under one roof. Really.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 26, 2018

A Little Humbling

The Lord decided it was time I got a little humbling, and Sabbath morning He gave it too me. Several times when singing songs I should have known by heart I couldn't remember the words. This was congregational singing so nobody else noticed--but I sure did. When it came time for the Offering Call I... Sign in to see full entry.

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