Posts by Kurt Jones

Taking out the trash

Several years ago, I listened to a conference speaker wax eloquent about the excitement of life as an “epic” adventure. In colorful language he described the thrill of storming castles, rescuing damsels in distress, and slaying dragons. It was amazing. After he finished, the next speaker came up and good naturedly asked, “And who takes…

New Series: How it Works

“How It Works” is a British TV show and magazine that explains how things operate and how they are made, things like batteries, ham, sushi, and rubber gloves. Even though we use or consume these items on a regular basis, most of us have no idea how or why they do what they do. Except…

Do you love me?

  In 1962 a group called the Contours had a one hit wonder called “Do you love me?” It made Billboard magazine’s Top 40 that year and again in 1988. It has been covered by many artists, including the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, the Blues Brothers, and even David Hasselhoff.  This question has been asked innumerable…

Loud and Proud!

Last Saturday we celebrated the life of Don Neely, long time member of Valley Church and a life-long singer. Don and Anita were both active members of the Valley Church choir as well as a German choir. I always loved having Don sit behind us in the congregation, because with him singing in my ear, I felt like I could…

Can you thank God for His wrath?

Dear friends, When you make a list of the things you are thankful to God for, what are the things that usually top the list? Most of us recognize life as a gift from God and so we’re grateful for breath in our lungs and hearts that keep beating. For those who follow Christ, we are overwhelmingly grateful for our salvation.…

Let Justice Roll

All over the news for the last two weeks we’ve seen pictures of distressed children at our southern border with Mexico. One particularly touching photo was of a crying little girl looking up at two adults… There isn’t a human being alive who doesn’t sense that there’s just something wrong about a child not being with her parents. The powerful…

Hurry up and wait?

Dear friends, What kind of a “waiter” are you? Faced with an unexpected delay at the doctor’s office, mechanic, or on your favorite freeway, do you respond with foot tapping irritation or do you resign yourself to the unavoidable interruption?  Do you pull out your “to do” list and get started with other things, or do you kick back and…

A crowd had gathered…

A crowd had gathered… Like most people, I was intrigued and went to investigate. Our family was hiking at Rancho San Antonio park on a Saturday morning. At “The Farm” there are all kinds of animals: goats, sheep, chickens. But the center of attention was a litter of cute, pink little piglets, who were squealing and skipping around much to…

Recalculating…

Yesterday I was driving someplace I hadn’t been for a while, and (as usual) was in a hurry. Since I wanted to get there in the fastest way possible I pulled up a navigation app on my phone and plotted in my course. In a few seconds, I had a turn by turn description telling me how to get…

Wait until your father gets home

Unless you are very young, you probably remember sayings that were popular when you grew up, but don’t make as much sense now. Do you remember “Can you dig it?” or “Lay it on me.”? How about “Cruisin’ for a bruisin’” or “Made in the shade.”? Maybe you go further back to “Take a powder”…