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What It All Boils Down To

What It All Boils Down To

This evening after church my wife and I stopped by our local grocery store to pick up a few things we had run out of during our busy week. As we turned down the aisle toward the toilet paper, we nearly ran into another shopper who was making a choice at the end of the […]

Why Am I Alive?

Why Am I Alive?

I sit here tonight crying, grieving really. The odd thing is that my breakdown was triggered by the death of someone I don’t even know. But it could have been me. Maybe it should have been me. About seven weeks ago I was in a rollover car accident. People on the scene, the emergency room doctor […]

What Critics of the “Billy Graham Rule” Are Missing

What Critics of the “Billy Graham Rule” Are Missing

I remember as a young minister hearing about Billy Graham’s “rule” to avoid the appearance of impropriety by not being alone with a woman. I had heard that he would even excuse himself from an elevator, if it was only him and a member of the opposite sex. The explanation I heard was that he […]

Oh My God!

Oh My God!

As I opened my eyes I really did believe that this was it. I was just waiting for the roof to crash in on me, crushing me beneath the weight of the car, doubting that I would survive. All I could say was “Oh my God!” as I gripped the steering wheel and braced myself […]

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

As this Thanksgiving day draws to a close in the United States, I am reminded about the nearly 200,000 Service members who are deployed in support of Combatant Commands this Thanksgiving. It’s never easy being away from home and family, but it is especially hard during holidays. The United States does their best to help […]

To Those Who Are Afraid After the Election…

To Those Who Are Afraid After the Election…

I’ve noticed that posts and comments since election day have been only mildly less vitriol than before the election. The difference now, however, is that instead of warnings about the damage so-and-so would cause the country if he or she is elected, they now revolve around what seems to be a personal fear about what […]

My Other Brother . . .

My Other Brother . . .

“My other brother Darryl.” Back in the eighties there were three characters on The Newhart Show who were brothers. Larry was the oldest and the only one who ever spoke. Whenever they would enter a scene, Larry would say, “Hi, I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl.” I used […]

Indiana’s RFRA & the Response: Hate or Freedom?

Indiana’s RFRA & the Response: Hate or Freedom?

The recent Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in Indiana has produced responses ranging from raging hate to generous compassion. What’s going to be the final outcome of this tension-filled debate?

Message of Hope for Christmas

Every Christmas season, we are reminded of that famous newspaper article of years past assuring little Virginia that there is a Santa Claus.  That was long ago, when Christmas brought with it many long-held traditions and getting through the season was simpler and not so hectic. Now, every year, it seems that the Christmas decorations […]

All You Need is Love

The Beatles had a hit song in the 60s titled “All You Need is Love” (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney). The essential message of the song is that you cannot accomplish the impossible, described with phrases like “there’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” and “there’s nothing you can see that […]