Mar25WedMarch 25, 2020
In J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, hobbit hero Frodo Baggins carries a ring of great power and evil, a ring that he and he alone can destroy in the fires of Mount Doom. Depressed by the burden he carries and the evil times, he confides to his wizard friend, Gandalf:
Frodo : I wish the Ring had never come to me. I...
Mar18WedMarch 18, 2020
We are not the first to deal with a global pandemic and if God wills, we will not be the last. The only real question is: will we face it with faith in God and sacrificial love for our fellow man, or pull a Y2K kind of American Christian panic and hunker down in fear of the world outside?
Down the centuries, Christians were known to put aside...
Mar11WedMarch 11, 2020
“Eah ya got ‘nud jah?” the sweaty, African American man said as he handed back the glass Mom had given him.
“Whut,”? I asked.
“Eah ya got ‘nud jah?”
“Momma, I cain’t unnerstan this man. Whuts he wont?”
“He wants more water, honey. It’s awfully hot outside. Here, give...
Mar5ThuMarch 5, 2020
Pandemics are unavoidable. Panic is optional. I intended to write on that topic this week, then I saw this excellent post by Stonestreet and Morris. I commend it to you.
Feb26WedFebruary 26, 2020
Every summer, we enjoy another of the benefits of living in a rural community: garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. I thought I knew what a fresh tomato was before I moved to the country. But then I ate an Abbott tomato. I thought I knew what sweet was, but then I tasted a Turbeville cantaloupe.
One such garden was across the street from our...
Feb19WedFebruary 19, 2020
Please help. My man has gone into a shell and I can’t get him out. He used to be attentive, warm, and affectionate, but now he lives in his own world.
Don’t get me wrong. I know he loves me. He works hard, pays the bills, and helps around the house. But he’s just, I don’t know, gone somehow. He is...
Feb12WedFebruary 12, 2020
My senses were assaulted at Wal-Mart last night. I strolled in, minding my own business, looking for our favorite frozen desert, when the smell of flowers and candy and a huge splash of red and pink displays hit my eyeballs like a baseball bat.
“Oh, yeah! Valentines!”
Call me distracted, but don’t call me unconcerned about...
Feb5WedFebruary 5, 2020
Do you ever wake up in the morning and not feel like a Christian? Wait, let me re-phrase that. Do you ever wake up and, even after your first cup of coffee, not feel like a real believer? What do we do with that?
And how about those people who attended church and sang the songs and said the prayers and served the community but whose life choices...
Jan29WedJanuary 29, 2020
He was a man of great talent and vision who had served the Church well for many years. Then he became a best-selling author. Encouraged by his success, he decided that he knew how to solve the problems of Africa. He moved his entire family there with a grand vision. Three years later, he was back in the States, retired from active ministry, his...
Jan29WedJanuary 29, 2020
The death of Qassem Soleimani raised interest in Iran. Last July it was my privilege to interview Lazarus Yehgnazar, leader of an underground church network in Iran, at his home near London, England. The interview was recently published in Christianity Today online and appears here: