Cicero, a Roman philosopher who lived in the first century B.C., stated that gratitude is not only the greatest virtue but also the source from which all other virtues flow. Being that Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner for those of us who live in the United States, it is probably ap…

I think that everyone would agree that we have been through and continue to journey through a brutal political season as a nation. We are divided by Red, Blue, Republican, Democrat, Conservative and Liberal. People are on edge as they believe the future of our nation rests on the policies of…

As COVID-19 continues its upward trend across the country, we continue to try to understand and manage this terrible virus. And many people, understandably, continue to wonder about God’s role in this painful, frightening crisis. What question in all of Christian theology has been more widel…

“I will be your God throughout your lifetime — until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” — Isaiah 46:4 NLT

It’s taken a toll on all but the most resilient or happily oblivious among us, but at long last, the grueling political campaign season may soon be over. The finish line is finally in sight.

A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to be the guest preacher at the historic First Christian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their former pastor had retired and as the church was searching for a new one, they invited pastors from around the city to visit on Sunday mornings and fill …

In the weeks following 9/11, churches across the country experienced a surge in attendance. Prayer vigils gathered the flocks to offer a place for the peaceful assurance of God’s presence. People comforted one another in their common grief. It was a shining moment of what a church provides i…

During this life of mine, I have experienced many challenges and even threats to my very existence. As my ancestors would say, “I’ve been sometimes up, I’ve been sometimes down, and I’ve been sometimes almost level to the ground.” In other words, I know what it means to face death and to sur…

Because 2020 hasn’t been crazy enough (eye roll), my husband and I decided to pile a bit more cray-cray onto our plates in the form of eight new chickens.

Guess where the following words are found: “You high-minded fool! No one is as arrogant and stupid as you are. May the curses of the gods descend upon you and settle around your feet, tripping you up as you stumble through your miserable life!” Hopefully, nowhere. I made them up.

I was told many years ago that people like the back of the church, the front of the bus and the middle of the road. Yesterday, I met one of those middle-of-the-road drivers and we narrowly missed a head-on collision. Let me be clear, I believe when it comes to driving our automobiles, we nee…

In the past few months, we have been reminded in painful ways that we still have work to do — prayer work and practical work — in the area of racial justice and equity. In the past few months, we have been consumed by a pandemic which has brought sickness, death, fear, and isolation. During …

We hear a lot these days about being “woke,” which a trendy online dictionary defines as “the act of being very pretentious about how much you care about a social issue.” Now, class, let’s use “woke” in a sentence: “Most people don’t care about how climate change is affecting musk oxen in Gr…

One of the first statements made by the professor of my seminary preaching class, you know the class meant to shape us all into the next generation of Billy Grahams, was that the average person seated in the congregation will only hear one out of every three words a pastor says.

“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people. The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’. Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not s…

What a spring and summer it has been! Who would have thought it? COVID-19, plus the civil unrest afflicting our nation. What’s a body to do? What is a Christian to do? Let’s tackle both issues from one Christian perspective. Not the only one, but one.

Read through the paper. Watch the 24-hour news networks. Tune your radio onto talk radio. What do you read, see and hear? Cities being torn apart by rioting. The American flag and the Holy Bible are being burned in streets. Efforts to defund the men and women in uniform who protect and serve…

This summer, I have been preaching through the life of Joseph at my church. We recently read the text where Joseph is summoned by Pharaoh. For two years, Joseph has been in prison on false charges. Before that, Joseph was sold into slavery by his own family. Had I been through even part of w…