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...
Aug7WedAugust 7, 2019
Editor’s Note: The most shocking thing about the three mass murders that happened last week is that they are no longer shocking. Heart-breaking, yes, but not shocking. Of the comments and opinions I’ve read on these events, John Stonestreet’s, President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, were the most coherent....
Jul31WedJuly 31, 2019
If an alien from outer space landed in your driveway and asked, “What are all those buildings in your town with pointy spires and crosses on top? What is that about?” Could you answer accurately?
That’s the question C.S. Lewis—author of the Chronicles of Narnia—and Oxford College Chaplain, Walter Hooper, knocked...
Jul25ThuJuly 25, 2019
Before our second Alpha Course in 2012, a local reporter interviewed me about the ministry. As we look forward to this year’s Alpha, I thought it would be good to update that interview as a reminder of what it can do for our community.
What do you like about the program ?
Social media only goes so far. People long for real community. The...
Jul17WedJuly 17, 2019
In the last eleven months I’ve traveled over forty thousand miles to meet three of the most remarkable men of faith you’ve never heard of. These men, with the unfailing support of their wives and co-workers, lead some of the largest church planting networks in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. For their security and the safety of...
Jun19WedJune 19, 2019
The woman was working hard, digging in her front yard, planting azaleas and poinsettias, obviously enjoying herself. She called to Krista and me as her little dog skittered and barked his way toward us, “Don’t worry, he’s very friendly!” And sure enough, he was.
We were taking our daily walk in a neighborhood in Durham,...
Jun12WedJune 12, 2019
“I can’t be part of something I’m not sure I believe,” said Sam, “but thanks for inviting us.” Sam, his wife Shelley, and his daughter Chelsey were our new neighbors. Our kids were friends and they seemed open, so I had invited them to church.
I appreciated Sam’s honesty and integrity, so we just prayed,...
Jun5WedJune 5, 2019
The pro-life laws passed in nine states this year have released an avalanche of pro-abortion media, entertainment, and political pressure on lawmakers and voters alike. Some of the pressure is pure power play, like Netfix’s CEO’s threat to pull production from Georgia over its new law. But much of it comes from cleverly crafted...
May29WedMay 29, 2019
Former Air Force officer Perry Smith Received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and served as Commandant of the National War College in Washington D. C. The War College is the professional school for our nations’ military and civilian leaders. Dr. Smith developed its leadership program and wrote an excellent book: Taking Charge. His...