Rev. James L. Snyder Profile and Articles
1). AS THE OLD YEAR FADES, SO DOES MY MEMORY
Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me it is. Looking back, over a year's span of activity my memory seems to pick and choose what it remember
2). Hurricanes have gone but political winds are blowing
Within the last six weeks, that gusty quartet comprised of Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne has lustily serenaded Florida. A repeat performance is no
3). Nurses, Bedpans And X-Rated Hospital Gowns
Tuesday last I awoke from my nightly slumber with terrific pain in my chest, much like an elephant break-dancing on my chest. It was painful just to b
4). My Mother's Amazing Meatloaf Mystery
Every mother harbors a mystery of some sort. Many handed down from one generation to the next forming a bond so strong no man can penetrate. I came to
5). Be Happy, Join The Wednesday Worry Club
Of all the people who know me, no one would say I am afflicted with worryitis. They may say other things about me, which may or may not be true, but t
6). How Time Flies When I Am In A Hurry
Have you ever noticed that when you are on vacation time goes by rapidly? According to my calculations (and I'm the first to admit I didn't do well in
7). ALL I WANT FROM SANTY IS MY SANITY
ALL I WANT FROM ‘SANTY' IS MY SANITYRev. James L. Snyder Christmas is the one time of the year when it is okay to be traditional. That may
8). ‘And How Do We Feel This Morning?'
Without question, going to the hospital is teamwork from the time you arrive until you are wheeled out the front door. Everyone is working together fo
9). A Key In Hand Is Worth A Thousand On My Desk
A key fault I have, and I can only talk about one fault at a time, is the tendency to get busy. I often find myself chasing my own tail. What I will d
10). If "all Things Are Possible,” Why Can't I Balance My Checkbo
For me, the most terrible time of each month is the day our bank statement comes. We commonly call it BSS (Bank Statement Syndrome). I don't know w
11). IN 2005 CONTROL IS A REMOTE POSSIBILITY
One item topping my list of New Year's resolutions could potentially alter my life, as I now know it. And it has to do with my relationship to the Gra
12). I think I'll drop everything and just go fishin'
I said something last week I haven't said in years. Where it came from, I really don't know. It's funny, you're tooling along minding your own busines
13). THANKSGIVING POSES A QUESTION OF CHOICE
The door to my office exploded as hundreds, at least it seemed like that many to me, of children surrounded my desk. My defenses were down and the mer
14). WWJV" — whom would Jesus vote for?
My favorite novel, as a young person, was In His Steps, written by Charles Sheldon. The premise of this novel is simple. A group of people in the chur
15). Go Ahead - Make Dad's Day
Throughout the year, many days of celebration are tucked capriciously into the calendar. So much so, it is hard to find any day of the year where some
16). CROW IS ALSO A DISH SERVED BY CHILDREN
The traditional fowl of choice of ministers is usually thought to be chicken. This foul thought, however, is a terrible fallacy.Nobody would a
17). Pastors and politicians; It's my party, I'll cry if I want t
Gary Hemsely was running for some county political position — I've forgotten which one now. What I do remember is that he was a member of my church at
18). The One Great Sermon That Got Away
Most people don't realize ministers are obligated to prepare and preach one great sermon in their career. In looking over my record of sermons, I
19). Just The Fax, M’am
For years, I smugly prided myself as a non-fax machine person. I felt it beneath my dignity to own such a technical contraption. The quill is more my
20). IS GOD A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN? AND OTHER CULTURAL ANOMAL
The amazing thing about contemporary American culture is its predisposition to organize itself into neat little categories. This "pigeonhole syndrome,
21). HOW MY WIFE CURED ME OF "FLIP-FLOPPING"
Those who knew me when I wore a young parson's suit and tie would willingly attest to the fact that I reigned as the "flip-flop" king, and to be hones
22). What Whine Goes With Cooked Goose?
Some who know me suggest I might be a wee bit absentminded at times. I prefer to think of it as simply being actively engaged in processing th
23). GRANDPA ALWAYS SAID, 'THE DEVIL IS IN DE TALES'
"When in polite society," my grandfather opined, "never talk about religion or politics." Then he would dismiss himself from said "polite society" and
24). LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SOURCE OF ALL BLESSINGS
In 1978, I was ordained to the gospel ministry. To mark this special event, my parents surprised me with a new 1977 Dodge Aspen, the most spectacular
25). WHERE DO POLITICIANS COME FROM AND CAN THEY BE RETURNED?
I had a dream the other night. Dream nothing, it was a nightmare, if you must know the truth. Normally I don't put too much stock in dreams — or — nig
26). How To Cash In On Your ‘Ailment Capital'
Right after the president won his re-election bid for the White House, he made an interesting comment. He said he was going to spend his "political ca
27). How To Have An Argument With Yourself And Win
Throughout the years, I'm happy to report, I have learned a thing or two about myself. My only regret is I have not learned more than a few things.
28). ‘I'm Not A Christian, But I Play One On Sunday'
After more than three decades of church ministry, I have come to one unsettling conclusion. Actually, I've come to more than one conclusion, but this