Stand and Speak Pastor Terry Trivette


Fragile Friendships


The older I get the more amazed I am at the fragility of human relationships. Our closest bonds seem tenuous at best. Those who once vowed eternal loyalty so quickly become adversaries, or worse strangers, and often over the slightest…

Who's afraid of the Church?


Years ago, the small private school I attended had its own security “force” that patrolled the campus. I hesitate to call them a “force”, because about the only real authority they had was to wield their gigantic ring of keys…



I believe it was that musical philosopher Tom Petty (yes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) that once opined, “The waiting is the hardest part.” There may not be much on which I would agree with Tom Petty, but on this…

The Worth of Winter


For hundreds of years, the Roman calendar (which we still use today) consisted of only ten months. This was because the winter season was not considered worthy of noting on the calendar, because nothing grew during that time. Eventually January…

Does Satan Hate the Church?


“Does Satan Hate the Church?”I guess they should get some points for creativity. The Metro South Church, located in a suburb of Detroit, MI, has put an intriguing spin on the billboards that are supposed to be messages…

F or V


It is too often the scarlet letter of my life. I’m not talking about the shameful “A” sewn on Hester Prynn’s garment in Hawthorne’s classic. Mine is an internal letter; a big “F” sewn on my heart. The “F” stands…

Poem - "The Critic"


The critic shoots a poisonous dart,Intended to hit another’s heart,Hoping to turn the steadfast plan,Wishing to undermine the manThe critic knows what should be done,Though his personal efforts are often none,He makes a…