Twice today I was compelled to comment on public posts made by Christian pastors commenting on the events of January 6th, when Trump supporters encouraged by the President's remarks felt justified in storming the Capitol resulting in death and destruction. It seems there is some movement now among many who endorsed the Presidency of Trump … Continue reading Let judgement begin with the House of God.
Who knew that travel could be a means of God’s grace in life? A few years ago, I discovered this truth as I was privileged to travel to Canada and the beautiful city of Toronto. For eight days, I was immersed into a familiar and yet foreign culture. I witnessed a genuine intentionality in all … Continue reading It’s not a gift. It’s a command.
During my time as a professor of communication studies at Louisiana College I taught a class entitled “Defending Christianity in the media and marketplace.” The idea behind the class was to challenge students to explore and understand the culture so that they could be better equipped to defend Christianity in a culturally effective way. As their … Continue reading What is really good about your church?
"There is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked by … Continue reading Soliloquy
Have you ever been misunderstood? Often the words that issue from our mouths are not the words heard by our listeners. I recall speaking with a student who was working to finish a research paper. I asked her in my Northeastern Arkansas vernacular, “How much do you ‘like’ to be done?” She responded, “I haven’t … Continue reading Evaluating bad preaching and other poor communication of the gospel.
Like so many Americans (but sadly not enough) my heart sank yesterday as I witnessed Trump supporters crawling all over the Nation's Capitol building and then breeching its hallowed halls because Donald Trump is a sore loser. January 6th, 2021 will be remembered as a sad day for this Republic. But not just for America, … Continue reading God have mercy
“I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe, over the last twenty-five years, that there’s something to be said about keeping prayer simple. Help. Thanks. Wow.” With these words Anne Lamont opens her short book on what she defines as the three essential prayers. If you are one … Continue reading Help. Thanks. Wow!
It is ironic that there are so many stories surrounding the origin of the cliché “the real McCoy”, if you goggle the phrase you will find several possibilities of its genesis including confusion over a particular brand of whiskey, the feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families, and Elijah McCoy, the Canadian inventor, who made … Continue reading The Real McCoy
There is a mysterious force that challenges every word that I attempt to write. Steven Pressfield in The War of Art calls it 'Resistance.' I was introduced to this poem by Richard Wilbur today that describes the process perfectly. As I think about how much I want to write in 2021, I thought this a … Continue reading Attempting to write…
A wet snow fell outside today. It was an unscripted surprise performance by the understudy for a cold rain that couldn't make the forecasted call time. Under the weather I suppose? The end of the year is here, and already the demands of the coming year invade my mind. Our species seems doomed to only … Continue reading Answering the curtain call