Oct23WedOctober 23, 2019
The world is changing more rapidly than it ever has before. Just take a look at some recent statistics.
Population – It took until 1850 for world population to reach 1 billion. By 1930 it was at 2 billion. By 1960 it was 3 billion. Today it is somewhere close to 7.7 billion.
Books – There were almost no books until 1500 and...
Life is tough. And it only gets tougher. I’m discovering as I get older, and I know you are too, that “life is good, no worries” is at best a temporary arrangement. “Life’s a witch” is usually waiting just around the corner. The tough things in life are one heartbeat, one doctor’s report, one emergency phone call, one company meeting away.
Oct9WedOctober 9, 2019
“Are you listening to me at all?” My wife asked gently as we waited for our meal at Applebee’s.
Oops, I thought. You’re so busted! “Uhhh…No, I was trying to see who won the game last night,” I replied, still snatching glances at the wall-mounted screen over her right shoulder. Good thing she likes...
Oct2WedOctober 2, 2019
I can see it now, an ad headline on Yahoo or Youtube: SECRET BIBLE CODE PREDICTS HOW TO ACHIEVE FACEBOOK SUCCESS! We are such suckers for looney lines like this that it would likely get a million clicks. The surprising thing is that the headline is true, from a certain point of view.
I discovered this by doing something else you will no doubt...
Sep25WedSeptember 25, 2019
Editor’s note: Today’s devotional is provided by my good friend and former FCC Worship & Youth Leader, Dr. Kevin Jones. DS.
"Daddy, I want you to go first!" said my three-year-old son, Micah.
"But I didn't bring my suit bud." Not to mention that I didn’t want to go down the Slip-n-Slide we’d just set up in my...
Sep18WedSeptember 18, 2019
Scratch, scratch, scratch . I lifted my fingers from the keyboard and listened, but the noise had stopped. I refocused on the sermon I was writing and clicked away at the keyboard, trying hard to put in print the thought flitting through my head before it escaped into the ether of ever-shrinking memory.
Scratch, scratch, scratch . There it was...
Sep12ThuSeptember 12, 2019
On the 18 th anniversary of 9-11 as our government breaks off peace negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan, I thought it would be good to remember a few fundamentals about dealing with Islamism.
In a 2013 column in USA Today, courageous Muslim physician and author, Qanta Ahmed wrote,
“"The Mosques are our barracks; the minarets our...
Sep4WedSeptember 4, 2019
The “Smith” boys got arrested last week and I couldn’t help them. My brother is moving this week and I can’t help him either. And the pound cake landed in my office today, but I didn’t bake it.
Those three things percolated in my head this morning as I sat down to write. Though they are unrelated events in a typical...
Aug21WedAugust 21, 2019
The news of men has not been good of late. My friend Tommy died last week. The last I heard he was in the Roanoke Rescue Mission. But in the end, he was homeless, doing crack, meth, and heroin. The drugs took him at 52.
There’s the porn epidemic. As Catholic writer, Benjamin Wiker, has said, “Our sexual environment is about as...
Aug14WedAugust 14, 2019
The Seven Year Itch, a 1955 Billy Wilder film with Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, surfaced an idea that had burbled along for some time in pop culture. To wit: married couples experience a decline in satisfaction over the first four or five years and, by year seven, tensions have risen to the point that they either divorce or adapt to each other...