The Grey Cells of Mr. Poirot

If you enjoy reading Agatha Christie you will enjoy these short stories. Her first short story ever–The Affair at the Victory Ball–was published March 7, 1923; in fact, all 23 of these stories were published in the early twenties. There are several other collections of her short stories. If you are a fan of the 70 episodes featuring David Suchet on TV and now YouTube, 20 of these stories appear in that series.

You will find if you read and then watch a story that the TV show had to expand some of the plots. These short stories are short. Christie was more effusive in her novels with longer character developments as well as more plot points, and red herrings.

This is a great book to have on your e-reader for when you only have 10-15 minutes. Even if you don’t finish the story, it’s easy to jump back in.

Mike Lawrence

See Things Through Their Eyes

Image by Jennifer R. from Pixabay


Ezekiel 18:1-32
Psalm 25:1-8
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Paul had America in mind when he wrote to the church at Philippi. In case you missed it, we have an election looming along with the continuing COVID-19 caused by SARS CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).

Paul is no help in treating the disease, but he is helpful at reminding us how we are to behave in any pandemic.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mindNIV

For Paul, those four words above are built into being a Christ-follower. To be a Christian is to treat every other human with tender comfort and encouraging compassion. Paul is not saying to treat only other Christians this way. Look at the times he was in prison, at how he treated his guards.

The same words apply to the election. We belong to God’s Kingdom. We are aliens living in the US. Sure, we have citizenship here as well as in the Kingdom, but we must in all ways behave as citizens of the Kingdom.

There is no room in the Kingdom for hate speech. It has become commonplace since the 1980s to demonize the opposition, both by the candidates and by their supporters. 2016 was bad, this year may be worse.

Naturally, since we live here, and we can vote we will want the best person possible to be elected. But that does not give us license to be brutes. Paul did not win over his guards by saying “Caesar is evil, you shouldn’t work for him.”

None of you should think only of his own affairs, but should learn to see things from other people’s point of viewPhillips The Greek reads: Not their own things each looking at, but also other things each. I think the Phillips translation hits it well.

Biden supporters should listen to Trump supporters and understand what they are concerned with, just as Trump people need to understand Biden people.

Just for the record, age is NOT an issue. Trump is already the oldest President to be inaugurated and the two are of the same age range. They both have a few Senior Moments. If you don’t want someone over 70, then campaign for Pence, 61, or Harris, 55.

For me, I want to know what values the candidate seems to hold to. Are they consistent with the teachings of Jesus? Is he/she likely to treat all people equally, compassionately, and with loving kindness?

For God is the one working among you both the willing and the working for what pleases himCJB


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence