Fred’s Thursday Blog

A Piece of the Puzzle

Twenty years ago in our community it was considered normal that minority students would not finish high school much less go on to college. In fact, there was very little attention given to minority students expressing a desire for going beyond high school. A group of us began meeting and asking the question, “What would it take to increase the number of students who would be first in their family ...[Read More]

The Fool Stays

The Fool Stays

There are two kinds of fools in the world. One is the Biblical fool who is best described as a person with no self-control. He is “a larger child” governed by the impulse of the passing moment and with no ability to rule his tongue, emotions, pleasures or thoughts. He is stupid and self-conceited, and with no ability to see himself as he is, rushes to his own destruction hardly thinkin ...[Read More]

Not Fade Away

Teaching in a traditional boarding school on the East Coast, I was working overtime to adapt – but unsuccessfully. It was no one’s fault. It was simply not the right place for me. So, at 38 I realized I was a misfit in my work. A book by Ralph Mattson and Art Miller, “Finding a Job You Can Love,” changed my life by showing me God has designed us for accomplishing particular kinds of work. We can t ...[Read More]

The Happy Few

The Happy Few

While it may be true that history is written by the victors, it is often the tragic last stands that capture our imaginations with the victors being forgotten. This is something of a sacred week in Texas for it was this month in 1836 that a group of 200 volunteer soldiers including Davy Crockett from Tennessee (“You can go to hell. I am going to Texas”), Jim Bowie, and William Travis held out for ...[Read More]

The String Around The Tree

The String Around The Tree

I was born in 1946 – one year after Torrey Johnson, Billy Graham and Chuck Templeton met and formed Youth For Christ. For years I heard the stories of how Chuck was in fact the better preacher and everyone expected him to “turn the world around.” Known as the “gold-dust twins,” Billy and Chuck traveled and preached together to large crowds of teenagers until 1948. It was then tha ...[Read More]

A Proper Calling

A Proper Calling

Tomorrow afternoon I am going to interview Roy Goble about his new book, “Junkyard Wisdom Rebuilt” and one of the themes in the book and Roy’s life is his relationship with his father. I want to know more about that as it sounds like we had similar experiences. Before he died we took week-long trips together to walk and talk. Years ago while riding the train through the Canadian Rockies, I asked h ...[Read More]

Job 29-38

Job 29-38 As we have done each week, let’s look at the context of the assigned verses this week.  We left Job in Chapter 28 having moved past the loss of everything in his life and He has arrived – but without his friends coming with him – to the realization that he – like all of us – was made for another world and that our true country is where our Redeemer lives. For ...[Read More]

Job 20-28

We ended last week with Job’s certainty that he needed more than an advocate to plead his case or an intermediary to come between him and God. So that is why he calls for a Redeemer.   “Job is no longer asking for an intermediary or someone to plead his case but for a Redeemer to rescue his life. He is not asking for a friend but for a family member who will claim him before God. While everyone in ...[Read More]