Hell-fire and Salvation

I was saved when I was seven.  We were holding a revival at Oak Wood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas and I walked down the aisle during the invitation; somewhere between the fortieth and forty-first verse of “Just as I Am.”  At that altar I repented of my dastardly ways, prayed to receive ChristContinue reading “Hell-fire and Salvation”

Scars and All (Tremont People)

Not so long ago Melissa and I drove along a gravel road that was once a railroad track for a logging operation near Townsend, Tennessee. The wooded area surrounding us is called Tremont.  Tremont is beautiful with a pristine stream running through it that jumps from one side of the elevated road to the other. Continue reading “Scars and All (Tremont People)”

A Walk Down Duval Street… (Are WE the new counterculture?)

Melissa and I were recently in Key West. I officiated a wedding for our best friend’s oldest son on the beach at Ft. Zachary Taylor. Well the beach-ish anyway. If you have been to Key West you know what I mean. No one goes to Key West for the beaches. Those who do, only visitContinue reading “A Walk Down Duval Street… (Are WE the new counterculture?)”

What Grandkids Teach us about God

Crazy About Them (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013)   Fridays are normally a day with the grandchildren.  Melissa watches all four of them each weekday and since I take Fridays off, we are all in the house together all day.  I used to sleep in every Friday, take the dog on a late walk, takeContinue reading “What Grandkids Teach us about God”

10 Game Changing Choices You Can Make

1. Choose to be happy That is right, happiness is a choice. It is not a natural disposition or a matter of favorable circumstances. Choosing to be happy has no down side. It makes things better for everyone…including you! 2. Choose to not be offended Make people work really hard to offend you this year.Continue reading “10 Game Changing Choices You Can Make”

Dealing with Those Who Disappoint

A defining characteristic of living in a fallen world is dealing with people who have disappointed you.  When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions are sent into frenzy by our brain.  Particularly if these are people we also happen to love or onceContinue reading “Dealing with Those Who Disappoint”

The Upside of a Bad Relationship with God

The Upside of a Bad Relationship with God I have been thinking about what it means to have a relationship with God.  The whole concept is daunting really… First of all, to be in relationship means you know something of another. You may not know everything and some of what you think you know mayContinue reading “The Upside of a Bad Relationship with God”

Keeping the Faith (is really hard)

Keeping the Faith (is really hard) I have learned much about living by faith in recent years. Not how easy it is, but how utterly difficult. Faith is believing, even and may I say especially, when that for which we hope seems nowhere in sight. Were I to be honest, much of my faith overContinue reading “Keeping the Faith (is really hard)”