Just when enough time had passed for us to forget the disturbing images of Black Friday shoppers acting like demon-possessed barbarians, the panicky villagers are storming the gates of stores again with their torches and pitchforks to hoard toilet paper because of the Coronavirus scare.

If you are like me, you have heard and seen more than enough about COVID-19 to last a lifetime; however, little of it has been religious in nature. So, let me share some thoughts from a Christian perspective. Maybe it will help inject a bit of hope and less despair into the conversation.

Why is there sexual confusion in our world today? Genesis 2:7; 21-25 clearly teaches that God created us male and female. God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed life into his body. Later, God took a rib from Adam and created Eve. When God brought Adam and Eve together, Adam…

As I am wont to do in the Lenten season, I have been revisiting the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death, particularly the seven sayings from the cross. Mark and Matthew report the same saying; Luke reports three different sayings; and John yet three more, making seven in all. Three are prayers, …

One of the wonderful things that happens in our elementary schools on a weekly basis is the offering of a Good News Club. These after-school clubs are sponsored by local churches and provide children with a voluntary opportunity to hear about the love God has shown us in Jesus Christ.

If Mother Nature were a real person, she would most certainly be diagnosed with multiple personality disorder based on her behavior during the month of February in South Carolina. Tornadic thunderstorms, torrential rain, flooding and snow, all in the span of 48 hours? That’s just crazy.

One of the first tasks Jesus did to begin his ministry was to gather disciples. These men would journey with him, witness his miracles and learn from his messages. Their commission, once Jesus ascended into heaven, was to spread the word of Christ. These men were to be the spark that builds …

I am writing this, as one who has a unique and personal experience with the naming of Springfield Elementary School and the overnight explosion of publicity and concern that escalated in the first three to four months of 1994. During that time I was employed with Greenwood County School Dist…

I believe I’ve mentioned before how my brain tends to run about four months behind the actual calendar, which is why it feels like it should be November, not February. But that’s not the only internal clock in my head that appears to be off-kilter. My internal age counter is even more inaccu…

Mark Twain reportedly told the satirical story of a gentleman who locked a cat, bird and dog in a cage. In another cage, he locked a Protestant pastor, a Catholic and an Orthodox priest. Several days later, he checked on both cages. The animals were all were thriving. His visit to the clergy…

You’re probably familiar with the bedtime rhyme, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.” Well, I would’ve been quite content to live out the rest of my days never fully understanding that little ditty, but unfortunately, I completely get it now.

In Luke 11:1, Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. They saw His prayer life and they wanted to know how to pray with intimacy like He did. Jesus answered their request by giving them a model prayer. That model prayer is not something to recite as much as it is an outline for our…

As you read this column, I suspect you share my feeling of having settled into the new year. Work has resumed a more typical rhythm (as compared to the holidays), the kids are back in school, and we are no longer greeting one another with “Happy New Year!” — that seems belated at this point.…

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Well, here we are, a few steps into another new year. Personally, I can’t wrap my mind around it. Seems my internal clock is always at least four months behind the calendar. By my calculations, it should be around the first of September.

Most of us now have our Christmas tree out by the road, stripped of all of its tinsel and former glory. Or, it has been packed away in the attic with the rest of the boxes of decorations. With the house now less festive than just days before, we turn our attention to the New Year that has ar…

Are you still full? Of course, I mean spiritually. Many of us have been overstuffing our bellies from all the tasty treats on the countertops and leftovers from the stockings that were once brimming with decadent goodies. By today, we should be plenty full. The Bible tells many stories about…

By the time you read this, another Christmas will be done and dusted. Some of you will have delighted the recipients of your thoughtful and inspired gifts, while others of you will have raced to the convenience store on Christmas Eve to snag cheap boxes of chocolate-covered cherries for the …

There is no greater love than God’s love! As we move through Advent season headed to the celebration of the coming of Jesus into the world, let us not forget that this season is about God’s love for us. Perhaps, no one has expressed this better than John the Apostle and devoted follower of Christ.

As of this writing, no formal vote on articles of impeachment has been taken in the House. If you are like me, you have heard and seen all and more than you care to hear or see concerning the matter. Perhaps you are one of those individuals who wrings their hands or throws them in the air wi…

The Christmas season and all that comes along with this wonderful time of year is in full swing. Homes, businesses, towns and churches are decorated. The radio and church bells are playing Christmas music. There is an excitement in the air. Children are laughing and adults are smiling. Our c…

A woman wrote Reader’s Digest and said, “I knew my sister was having several members of her husband’s family for Thanksgiving dinner, so I stopped by her house on Thanksgiving morning to see how things were going. The house was in shambles. Her four young children were squabbling the way sib…

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