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Before a gazillion channels were available on TV and streaming services such as Netflix had yet to be hatched in the golden nest of Silicon Valley, my husband and I used to watch a lot of old classic movies about World War II. The ones about the war in the Pacific always included scenes with…

We are less than one week removed from Valentine’s Day where family and friends exchange cards and gifts that are meant to express their love for each other. Christians refer to Scripture passages such as 1 Corinthians 13, John 15:13 and 1 John 4:18 to highlight the subject of love throughou…

We are now less than a week from Ash Wednesday and our 2021 Lenten journey. Lent, of course, is a season of preparation for Good Friday and Easter. For centuries, Christians have used Lent as time to invest in their relationship with God. Without intentionality, there is drift in any relatio…

Now it’s personal. COVID-19, the invisible tyrant that declared itself emperor of the world this past year, audaciously marched right into our house, put its feet up, and proceeded to boss me and my husband around for nearly a month.

A couple of weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised by a gift from a member of the congregation I serve. Knowing just how much I would appreciate it, he presented me a large frame that was full of Native American projectile points, each found here in the Lakelands. It was a gracious gift. I ha…

One month ago today, many people were faced with a troubling dilemma. It was no surprise and everyone knew it was coming, yet all the Christmas gifts and supplies had not been purchased. Three days before Christmas, many of us rushed to a store to see what was left on the shelves. What we fo…

An elderly couple living in a retirement center “got sweet” on each other. One day, the man asked the lady to marry him. A few days later, he approached her, stating that he knew he had asked her an important question but had forgotten what it was. He wondered if she remembered what he had a…

The other day, I began wondering if, in spite of many time-saving innovations, the lives of women today might actually be as complicated as the lives of women a century ago. For answers, I naturally turned to Google, the online rabbit hole for people like me who were born with too many curio…

What a wonderful and terrible honor to write the minister’s column on Christmas Day. “Congratulations, pastor, you get to summarize Christmas for the community in 650 words or less.” (Don’t count — I’m over by 33 words.) Alas, I fear that I have neither the space nor the skill to produce the…

My bookshelves aren’t filled with books by Nobel prizewinners, but I did recently come upon a quote by one that caught my attention: “To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom.” — André Gide

“In those days and at that time, I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. (Jeremiah 33:15 NIV)

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

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 …