Overcome Evil with Good

by Andy Wood on July 22, 2012

in LV Stories, Turning Points

I grew up wishing I could sing like Steve Green.  From his early days in “Truth” to his days in the Gaither Vocal Band to his sterling solo career and ministry, Steve had the pipes.  He would melt my heart with “People Need the Lord”  and “Wounded Soldier.”  He would inspire me with “The Mission” and “Carry On.”  He would blow me away with “No Other Name but Jesus” and his Truth duet with Art Ortiz of “It is Well With My Soul.”

I would buy his accompaniment tapes (if you have to ask what a tape is, never mind), grab a mic and belt his stuff out with gusto.

But Steve’s biggest impact on my life took place after Robin made a run to the Baptist Book Store (now Lifeway) and came home with “Hide ‘em In Your Heart, Vol. 1.”  [click to continue…]


(or a business, or a team, or a church, or, well, you get the idea…)


1.  Work on collaboration (easier said than done).


2.  Make yourself a part of the story.


But wait! There’s more!

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Cohen's first shower. Guess what he said when I told him it was time to get out?

My oldest grandson turns two this week.

I think he’s already been practicing.

Cohen has been staying with Papa and Grammy for the last few days because his six-week-old baby brother is in the hospital with a bad case of RSV.

For the most part everybody is weathering the temporary adjustment.  But “the most part” wasn’t around at 7:00 yesterday morning.

Typically when he wakes up at first, he can be, um, “encouraged” to go back to sleep by putting him in our bed.  Only this morning a certain somebody decided to turn over and douse my side of the bed with 20 gallons of soak-through.


So… changed diaper in place… You want to watch cartoons?


No, Cohen, don’t touch that.  Want some milk?


No, Cohen, don’t throw the pillows.  Want some banana?


No, don’t throw your food on the floor.  Want some apple? [click to continue…]


You entered our world today – January 5, 2012 – a little early, but with no shortage of anticipation, excitement and joy.  We have known for some time that your big brother Cohen would be sharing playing time with a little brother.  But that’s not the same as being able to see you, hold you, delight in you, and brag on you to the world.

Game on.

Let the seeing-holding-delighting-bragging begin!

The world you have been born into is a strange and beautiful place.  Right now in places like New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican presidential candidates are courting actual votes of real people in primaries, after spending a year courting poll results and press attention.  All of that for the privilege of challenging President Barak Obama in this November’s election. [click to continue…]


It’s a Prophecy Showdown!

by Andy Wood on December 28, 2011

in Spoofs

Ladieeeees and Gentlemen!  Boys and girls of all ages!  It’s the ultimate prophetic showdown since Elijah and the prophets of Baal!

And I’ve never been so nervous in all my life.

In that corner, at 3 years of age and weighing in at 35 pounds or so, from McKinney, Texas, it’s Laura Kate Wiley.

In this corner, at 53 years of age and weighing in at none-of-your-business, from Mobile, Alabama by way of Lubbock, Texas, it’s yours truly.

I come armed with a theological degree and lots of really useful ministry experience.  She comes armed with a Big Picture Story Bible and can sing from memory all four stanzas of “Joy to the World,” the Doxology, and another two dozen hymns and praise choruses.

But this throwdown isn’t about lyrics or words or theology.  It’s about boys and girls.  And what’s coming home from the hospital in July.

See, about a year or so ago I “prophesied” that all the rest of the grandchildren would be boys – and that it would take that many boys to keep up with the one her mom calls the Big Sasster.  So far… so good.

After Baby Cohen (boy) came Baby Shepherd.  Check. [click to continue…]

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Cohen and Me on a Trash Run

It’s a familiar old friend, comfortable as a favorite pair of shoes.  Brokenhearted parents cling to it, and eager young parents rise to it.  It’s a friendly reminder to us all that there’s a higher purpose in the midst of our most frustrating and confusing days.  And yet it can say so much more to us than we ever dreamed possible:

“Train up a child in the way he should go,

And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

We all know what that means, right?  It means when you have children, if you get them involved in church, discipline them properly, and teach them how to behave, then when they become adults, they will live consistently with the things you tried to teach them.  If you teach them to have high moral values as children, they will have high moral values as adults.


Wait a minute.  How do you respond to the mom or dad who doesn’t understand why their adult children don’t go to church like they do?  What do you say to the parent whose children have rebelled against their high moral standards and have rejected their values?

I’m convinced that many of us have missed some exciting possibilities because of the limited way we have interpreted this verse. [click to continue…]

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Frankford and 82nd.  Sitting at the light.  Laura Kate (age almost-3) and I have been on an adventure.  And she is about to ask me a very important question.  But first, a slight rewind…

“Laura Kate, first we’ll go to the grocery store.  Then we’ll go by Grammy’s office and pick up some prizes she has for you.”

“That’s an awesome plan,” she says.

In between, she learns six (count ‘em) verses of an Easter song her uncle Joel and I wrote when he wasn’t much older than she is now.  Which brings us to the traffic light near our house on the way home.

“Papa,” says the voice in the back seat.  “Are you growed up?”

“What did you say?” I reply.  “Am I growed up?”

“Yes,” she says, very seriously.

“Yeah,” I mutter.  “I’m growed up.”

“Yay, Papa!  You did it!

Sometimes I wonder.

I wish it was that easy to claim maturity.  Sometimes I think I’m still a kid when it comes to such things.  And sometimes I feel, well, old.  But there’s a difference between growing up and growing old.  Peter Pan and his Lost Boys were only half right.

It’s OK to be a baby when you’re still a baby.  But there comes a time when the word of God and the world of people come together to shout, “Grow up!” After addressing the Corinthians as a pack of carnal children, Paul writes to the Ephesians that “we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).

How do you measure your maturity?  How do you know when you’re growing and when you’re floundering?  Let me hasten to say that maturity isn’t found in big words or fat bank accounts, or your ability to make babies or get a job (although keeping a job may impress a few people).

In gauging your maturity level, I have found five things that act as measuring rods for progress.  You are as mature as: [click to continue…]


Hands and Feet and Little Seats

by Andy Wood on March 18, 2011

in 100 Words, Photos

The Flintstones Vitamins people reminded us in 1987  that “this world takes a little growing into.”  That’s why it’s important to remember, however big or small you are, or however much you need to grow, to…


…advance boldly in the direction of your dreams…


…hold on to a stronger hand…


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Yo Abba Abba – A Story of Two Worship Leaders

by Andy Wood on November 17, 2010

in 100 Words

In church Sunday… 

One guy holds a guitar.  Another guy, 14 months old, holds somebody’s keys.

One leads with structured, heartfelt songs.  The other freely moves, but stays in touch with Mama.

One is concerned with decency and order – the other, with intimacy and relationship.

The one before me is saying a prayer. The one below me says “Dada” over and over again with love and joy.  

With a plan and a band, one leads in worship.  With white-blonde hair aimed in 20 directions and a smile aimed straight at me, the other models it with his delighted life.


The Squirrel Who Walked on Water

by Andy Wood on November 3, 2010

in Uncategorized

The audio is a bit thin, but worth it…

Me: One day Jesus’ disciples got into a big boat.  And they began to go across the… water.  Can you say “water?”

Laura Kate:  Water

Me: When all of a sudden, the wind began to blow… whooohhhhhh.

LK: What’s that?

Me: It’s the wind blowing.  And the rain began to fall… whishhhhhhhhhhh.  And the thunder started to roll… plwwwwwwww. And the boat began to rock!  And the disciples were so…

(I’ll let LK take it from here…) [click to continue…]