THE DEATH...of Steve Jobs sent tremors through the tech world.  It wasn't unexpected.  His recent illnesses were secretive but no secret.  Death, however, is never mild.  Geeks of all persuasions - Macs and PC's - have stopped to acknowledge the loss of an innovative and inspiring mind.  I must admit, however...
 
THE DEATH...of Arch West, in mid-September, carried more significance to me.  His work was a part of my life before every home housed a computer.  His contributions to the world have brought far more pleasure to me than iTunes and online poker combined!  His chips were around before Steve Jobs had even heard of a micro chip.  Arch West was the marketing vice president of Frito Co. and was best known as the inventor of Doritoes.  Those who know me well, know these are the ultimate temptation for me.  They are the snack that turns me ravenous.  Open the largest bag you can find and I could consume every chip contained there - any flavor!  Mr. West was buried on October 1 in Dallas, Texas.  His family dumped bags of Doritoes into his grave.  I have a high degree of respect for Mr. West...but that was a waste of some good chips...
 
THE DEATH...of any one of our church members leaves a whole in our hearts and in our faith community.  This Sunday morning, October 30, we will celebrate All Saints Day.  We will read the names of our church members who have died during the past year.  We will remember other friends and family members - outside the membership of our church - who have died.  We will acknowledge their role in the shaping of Highland Hills Baptist Church.  We will acknowledge the brevity of life.  We will bring our pledge cards for the 2012 Budget...committing ourselves to God's work in this place for as long as God allows us to live.
 
THE DEATH...of each human is inevitable.  But the gift of life is precious.  I'll see you Sunday as we celebrate life, eternal life, and the life of our church together...