The headlines this week read, “Record Breaking Heat Wave in US and Europe . . .” and “Record Breaking Heat Bearing Down on the Plains, Mississippi Valley as Storms hit the Northeast.” Summer is brutal. The temperature reached a record 106° F in Washington D.C. on July 20, 1930. Keokuk, Iowa set a state record of … Continue reading History’s Other Heroes
A friend of mine in our high school years had two words he used repeatedly. A couple of others may be discussing an issue like Coke vs Pepsi and ask him to choose. He would reply, “I don’t know . . . same difference." “Same difference,” what does that even mean? In July of 2022, Amy … Continue reading Same Difference
To My Spiritual Family
Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I feel a need to say something to you. As I consider what I should say, I think a public letter is best. This needs to be as out in the open as is what prompts my thoughts. I am not glad to say any of this, but I … Continue reading To My Spiritual Family
MORE? Could I do More?
Oskar tried to make a fortune of the war. As an industrialist, he had the manufacturing capabilities to supply his nation with ammunition. He succeeded in obtaining government contracts for production yet became disillusioned by the atrocities of his government in their genocide of a certain segment of society. Upon this discovery, Oskar hatched a … Continue reading MORE? Could I do More?
Why Do Bad People Have it So Good?
Frank called me every week, usually on Mondays and Thursdays. This day, the conversation started with, “Scott, why do all the people who don’t go to church or care about God have nicer things than me?” I was barely 30 and Frank was over 40. I was still “wet behind the ears” as Nanny would say … Continue reading Why Do Bad People Have it So Good?
Maybe you hurt someone. Maybe not maybe, you have hurt someone. Someone you love. You said something you should not have, or you did not say what you should have. You did not do what needed to be done, or you did something you should not have done. You were not thinking correctly, or you … Continue reading Please Forgive
National Day of Prayer
Today is the National Day of Prayer in the United States. I beg you to take time to pray during the day today. In fact, take that time right now. I’ll give you a moment of silence . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dear God and Father, This … Continue reading National Day of Prayer
Do You Know Love?
How Do You Hear Love? How do you tell others you love them? How do you know when someone loves you? These are basic questions and according to Dr. Gray Chapman vary from person to person. I recommend you read his book Five Love Languages. Sometimes people in a relationship do not feel loved not … Continue reading Do You Know Love?
Which Road Will We Take?
“Ye'll tak’ the high road and I'll tak’ the low road and I’ll be in Scotland a’fore ye . . .” Many think that song is about a Scotsman who was headed to the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746 and did not expect to come home. This was the battle when English loyalist troops … Continue reading Which Road Will We Take?
OMG! by Request
I first wrote and published this poem in 2011 and every once in a while someone will asked for a copy or for me to repost it. A recent conversation concluded with a suggestion to repost this one more time. OMG! © Scott McCown March 7, 2011 "Oh my God," the psalmist declares, Composing praise … Continue reading OMG! by Request