“And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who Is This?”  All the people in Jerusalem asked concerning Jesus, “Who is this?” and all the world has asked this about Jesus ever since. Governor Pontius Pilate after arresting Him, had Him beaten half to death.  The soldiers had placed a crown […]


I was thrilled by the large statue of Jesus that was evident during the recent Olympics. Max Lucado writes this concerning that statue in Brazil. “The Christ the Redeemer statue. The figure stands guard over the city, one hundred and twenty-five feet tall with an arm span of nearly a hundred feet. More than a […]


 Charles Frederick Weigle was born November 20, 1871 in LaFayette, Indiana. As he grew up, his keen interest in music led him to attend the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he received training that later helped him in his ministry.  Not only did Charles become an inspiring preacher, but he was also a gifted songwriter, […]


    At the University of Chicago Divinity School each year they have what is called ‘Baptist Day.’ On this day each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every ‘Baptist Day’ the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center.    One year […]

What Is Maturity?

  There are those who tell us to grow up, act our age, mature.  But, what is maturity?   Ralph Waldo Emerson has written a good article on this matter  May I share it with you? “Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction. Maturity is patience.  It is […]

Face To Face

  The hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, gave us more than 8 thousand gospel songs.  Although at age 6 weeks old, she was blinded by a doctor’s faulty medical advice, she never became bitter.  At age 65, she entered N.Y Institute for the blind and remained there as an instructor of English and history from 1847 – 1858.  In […]


What one word would you use to describe Jesus?  Oh, there would be lots of adjectives to speak of Him. The one I would use would be what Isaiah wrote:  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government will be on his shoulders: and his name shall be called […]

Wise Men Still Seek Jesus

  When Abraham Lincoln was born, his cousin, Dennis Hanks, 9 years old, was visiting.  Nancy let Dennis hold the baby and Abraham just cried and cried.  Dennis handed the crying baby back and said, “Aunt, take him, he’ll never come to much.” How wrong could a person be.   When Jesus, the Messiah, was born, […]

What is in a Name?

  My name is Max E Smith.  How I got that name, so I am told, is that my mother was hoping for a baby girl, but I came.  She had picked out the name, Maxine, for her girl.  Since I was a boy, she just shortened the name to Max E.  I have no […]

The Open Doors

  The beloved John, imprisoned on the isle of Patmos, convict island, the Alcatraz of his day. Here John spent all his time, never leaving the confines of this island.  John says very little about his imprisonment, but it could not help but have an effect upon him. Therefore, one wonders what reaction John had, […]