If you live long enough, you’ll probably fall prey to some kind of bait-and-switch scheme. Someone promises you one thing, but then delivers something different and of lesser value.

I am learning that little things are easy to miss. As the Apostle Paul wrote letters to people and churches, he was careful to make sure he took time to thank God when God accomplished great things in the lives of His saints. In 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Paul writes: “We are bound to thank God alw…

For many years, Vacation Bible School in Baptist circles began with three pledges: the pledge to the American flag, the pledge to the Christian flag and the pledge to the Bible. In my previous pastorate, at First Baptist Church in Edgefield, one VBS morning I was leading the children in the …

Here’s some advice from someone who has just about earned her own personal parking place at way too many medical offices: When you go to see a doctor, never begin explaining your problem with, “When I looked up my symptoms on the internet, it said … .”

I recently watched an interview with a famous Southern author, taped all the way back in 1974. The setting was a luscious courtyard in the French Quarter of New Orleans. You aren’t surprised.

The lectionary texts over the Easter season this year included selections from the Book of Revelation. This complex book opens one’s imagination and invites the reader to peer into a vivid vision of John of Patmos. John is exiled on the Greek Island of Patmos during the persecution of Christ…

This summer, I am preaching a sermon series that I have titled, “Working through Weeping Wounds.” Each Sunday I am addressing those festering, oozing and painful wounds that we each carry deep down in the depths of our soul. Last week we addressed the weeping wound of bitterness. I have disc…

When I was 5 years old, my parents bought a nicer house, but I didn’t want to move. In fact, I recall sitting on the curb on moving day, grumbling loudly and tossing little rocks at the moving van. There wasn’t anything spectacular about the house we were leaving, but my universe was small a…

As Christians, we are in the midst of the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. which this year falls on June 9. More than anything else, we remember Pentecost as the occasion when the Holy Spirit fell upon the first believers, resulting in the closest ever relationship between God and human…

My faith has been a source of strength, transformation, life and hope for me (James). As Christians, it is difficult to imagine a life without Christ in our lives. We long to help others come to know the same grace that we have experienced. I am often asked, “how can we make our faith meanin…

In a recent column, I confessed that I might have gotten my first driver’s license before I was supposed to. I’m not sure how I got away with that, but my less-than-fully-formed conscience didn’t consider whether it was legal. My goal was just to get that license in my 16-year-old paws.

Pastor’s love books. Most of us have vast libraries, and yes, we have read all of the books you find there. Well, maybe most of them. In my church study, I have a book that another pastor gave me 20 years ago titled, “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.” Written by F.F. Bruce, it is tucked in between…

I hate and love when God exercises His sovereign right to take me to the spiritual woodshed. I know it’s a sign of His love for me (see Hebrews 12:6), but it still stings.

In an article by Gallup last week, Jeffrey M. Jones reported U.S. Church membership is down sharply in the past two decades. Church membership has dropped 20 percentage points since 1999.

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two m…

Reading the “Dear Abby” advice column is like rubbernecking when I pass a car wreck. I simultaneously want and don’t want to see it. More often than not, the column makes me feel like civilization is surely coming to an end, but occasionally, it also provides a few chuckles.

During these 40 days of Lent, Christians often reflect on Jesus’ death, including the seven sayings that he spoke from the cross. The shortest (and perhaps the most overlooked) saying is found in John 19:28, “I thirst.” On one level it seems hardly worth mentioning. We take for granted that …

At the January meeting of my United Methodist Women’s group, one of our ladies gave us randomly selected stars with a word. The words were the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.

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