Tuck’s Blog

The Smoke Test

Dad made a  living selling and repairing typewriters and adding machines.  Some may need a minute to google “typewriters” and “adding machines,” but trust me, such beasts did exist.  At first, these were all manual machines, operated by only gears, levers and springs.  But it wasn’t long until someone got the bright idea to add…

Then Who Am I Better Than?

In his book The Seven Deadly Virtues, Gerald Mann tells the story preaching on the subject of racism at a time when that was not generally done in white, southern churches by white southern preachers… at least not by those interested in remaining employed. Following the sermon, he was cornered by one of his deacons…

The Greatest Love of All

With apologies to Whitney Houston, the greatest love of all is not learning to love yourself.  As Jesus prepared his friends for his upcoming death, he said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).  Giving or even risking your life for someone else is the greatest…

A Bowl of Cereal

When I was a kid, we used to have these big family reunions. And I do mean big. My great-grandfather and great-grandmother had 12 kids who survived to adulthood. Most of their children had large families as well, so when the Copeland clan got together for a family reunion, it was a really big deal!…