The Weekly Babble

Superheroes

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 07/08/2019 - 18:56

Superheroes are big business these days.  Movies, television, T-shirts, they are everywhere.  We even went to a superhero themed birthday party.  The Mark of Zorro in 1920 is credited with being the first superhero movie.  Superman did not appear until 1938.  Since those days many more superheroes have come alive.  It is easy to understand the popularity of the superhero.  Who wouldn’t want some kind of superpower?  If you shy away from the superhero spotlight, I’m guessing you would not mind being rescued by one.  We all love the idea of rescue whether it is being the res

Mishandling the Truth

Submitted by Chris Conly on Sat, 07/06/2019 - 14:04

There are two things the Bible talks about that are greatly mishandled.  They are mishandled by all people, the righteous as well as the wicked.  I just classed all people into two groups, righteous and wicked.  Did you assume I put myself with the righteous?  Did you place yourself in that same group?  Do I have the right to call myself, or anyone, righteous or wicked?  Some say yes and some say no.  Who is right?  What is the deciding factor?  The two things I speak of are judging and boasting.  Are we to judge and are we to boast?  The quick and safe answer is, “Oh no, we should never ju

Lord of my Life

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 06/26/2019 - 08:52

I officiated a funeral Wednesday morning.  You might be thinking, “Uggg, I sure am glad I am not a pastor.  I would not like speaking at a lot of funerals.”  I understand.  No one looks forward to a funeral and that includes pastors.  I may not look forward to funerals, but there is no better place to preach the gospel.  Sometimes funerals are the only occasion when people will slow down enough to reflect on life and death; their own life and death.  We will all die, but how often do we give serious thought to that reality?  That is a gospel conundrum, what the living must do to

Fathers

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/18/2019 - 06:00

Father’s Day, a well-deserved day to observe the important role fathers play in every family.  Everyone has an understanding of the meaning of family.  Each understanding may or may not be in line with the dictionary definition of family.  We all like to add our own personal touch to dictionary definitions, and all families are personal.  My definition would place the emphasis on the father.  I do not believe a family is a family without a father.  Without a father something is missing, something detrimental to upholding the family definition.  My definition of family consists of things oth

Your Day in Court

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 07:30

Isaiah 61:8 begins, “I, the Lord, love justice.”  Psalm 9 says, “He has established His throne for judgment, and He will judge the world in righteousness.”  It is hard to read verses like these and not make a connection with what takes place in a courtroom.  A courtroom is where justice is exercised and a judge does his work.  However, a judge is not the only person in a courtroom when the judgment process is under way.  There are always three components involved with every courtroom proceeding.  The judge, and possible jury, representing the law and truth, and is only par

Nothing But The Truth

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 06/04/2019 - 08:16

We all know that reading a legal document is confusing and boring.  They contain all kinds of double speak and redundancies, drawn out definitions, and use words that are not seen or used anywhere else.  “Each and every”, “Any and all”, these legal redundancies have made it into our everyday language, but why?  I suspect it makes some people believe they are saying something credible, or they need to boost their word count.  Do these same people commonly use the phrase, “Such as, but not limited to” in everyday conversation? 

Someone Deserves a Thank You

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 05/28/2019 - 09:06

How often do we say thank you to people that have made a difference in our lives?  I mean a real difference, the kind of difference that lasts a lifetime; the kind of difference that is not always apparent or understood until later in life.  Whether we like it or not, realize it or not, or acknowledge it or not, none of us would be living where we live, working where we work, enjoying the things we own, doing the things we do, or living in the freedom our country provides, if not for someone(s) else. 

Welcoming Change

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:50

God has blessed the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex with a beautiful Spring this year.  We have enjoyed moderate temperatures for several weeks.  I would love for the weather to stay like this all year long, but we all know that will not happen.  The hot weather is coming.  We know summer is coming and we know it is going to be hot.  In this area the question is not, “Will we hit 100?”  It’s, “How many days over 100 will we have?”  It does get hot in Texas, but it is not all year long.  We have seasons, but the summer stands out.  However, it too will come and go.  We will change seasons. 

It's Mother's Day Again

Submitted by Chris Conly on Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:45

Do you have trouble expressing your appreciation on Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day, or birthdays, or any other holiday where appreciative acknowledgement is expected?  I do.  I don’t like that I struggle a bit, but I do.  When these days role around each year and the struggle begins, I want to blame the greeting card industry for my uneasiness.  I understand a company wanting to raise revenue, but why do they have to prey on my emotions?  I do not need a business telling me I need to tell my mom I love her and appreciate her. 

Because I am Rebellious

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 10:37

“I have so many things to get done I don’t know where to start.”  I have spoken these words before and I do not like the feeling that comes along with them.  When I have several things to accomplish and a limited time frame, I need a plan to keep me from feeling overwhelmed.  I am not one of those people that can go to bed, knowing I have a full plate tomorrow, and wake up without a clue of what I will start on first.  I have done it, so I guess I can, but I certainly do not like it.  I wake up feeling like I am already behind.  Then I am upset with myself because I did not plan properly.