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  1. Mike S

    A Time Of County Fairs

    Daughter and grandson at the Washington County Fair.
  2. Mike S

    City Of Light

    I just finished reading the Lauren Belfer novel, City of Light. Actually this was a re-read, since I first read it in 1999, the year it was published. The story is a murder mystery taking place in Buffalo New York in the period of 1895 through 1902, during which the world's fair, Pan...
  3. Mike S

    Recovery From Surgery

    Home today following two days in the hospital for bilateral hernia repair and small intestine resectioning.
  4. Mike S

    God Is Soooo Out Of Touch

    "HEAVEN—The everlasting Creator God admitted through a messenger Tuesday that He has recently been concerned that His unchanging, eternal truths might end up being on the wrong side of history." "The Lord has reportedly been growing increasingly worried in recent years that His objective morals...
  5. Mike S

    Going Out Of Orthodoxy Sale

    Not as bad as it sounds guys. But, it is a problem we're dealing with. Liberal bishops and clergy refusing to live by their covenant oaths to defend the faith. "Everything must go! Bibles, hymnals, sound doctrine—make an offer!"
  6. Mike S

    Grandson Mayim Makes Friends With Tansy

  7. Mike S

    The United Methodist Church Judicial Council Upholds Church Law

    http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/consecration-of-gay-bishop-against-church-law Church law requires all clergy persons to dedicate themselves to “the highest ideals of Christian life,” the decision said, including “their commitment to abide by and uphold the church’s definition of marriage and...
  8. Mike S

    Hillbilly Elegy

    About the culture of the Appalachian people. I grew up in the northern end of the Appalachians in Upstate New York and recognize some of the cultural dynamics. I did not have a dysfunctional family such as the author had, but I sure knew a lot of those families.
  9. Mike S

    Bible Study Where Was The Jewish Temple Located?

    The traditional thinking is that the first and second Jewish Temples where located on what today is called the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. One problem for me is that Jesus clearly said the Temple would be completely destroyed, not one stone left upon another: Mark 13:1-2 1And as he went out of...
  10. Mike S

    John Wesley's Typical Schedule

  11. Mike S


    I haven't seen the Martin Scorsese movie that came out this year, but I did read the book written by Shusaku Endo. It was one of the best Christian books I've read in years, and very well written in general. For those who have read the book or seen the movies, the subject is God's silence...
  12. Mike S

    Winter in the Adirondacks

    Our youngest grandson, Mayim, and his mom, Laurel, in Ticonderoga, NY.
  13. Mike S

    The Wesleyan Way

    "You will know you are a Methodist when its 100 degrees outside with 90% humidity and you still serve coffee after the service."
  14. Mike S

    Winter In New York

    My 4 year old grandson, Cody. We train them early.
  15. Mike S

    Chicken Soup For The Body

    Two weekends ago my family of wife, kids, and grandkids visited to celebrate my 70th birthday. We had a wonderful few days together, but one of the little ones brought along a respiratory illness of some sort. My wife and daughter and I have been a house of invalids for the last week. We...
  16. Mike S

    View Of Our Election From London

    I was in line in a grocery store earlier today and an old Jamaican woman standing behind me and holding a phone said "Look at this. My cousin in England says America is in labor, and we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see if it's a boy or a girl." :)
  17. Mike S

    Strange Fruit

    The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit' - http://www.npr.org/2012/09/05/158933012/the-strange-story-of-the-man-behind-strange-fruit?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest...
  18. Mike S

    This Is My New York

  19. Mike S

    Our Doctrine Is In Our Music

    We had a wonderful special Hymn Sing event last night at church. We chose eight of our favorite hymns, had individuals research and tell the story behind each hymn. The hymn I chose was Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! So powerful, music is such an important part of worship. We raised...
  20. Mike S

    Homeward Bound

    My wife just crossed into Connecticut at 11,000 feet. She'll be on the ground in 10 minutes, and I'll be there to greet her and bring her home, They call it the Princess treatment. :dancing She's away far too many days in a month.