The Prince of Peace

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”- ...

Just wondering

Phil Yancey, my favorite current-day author, once submitted a monthly column to “Christianity Today” in which he raised questions that he did not answer. He observed that column received m ...

On a mission in Kenya

I’ve recently returned from Kenya where Michael Aguanda leads the ministry of “Life for Children” which places AIDs orphans in village homes. He invited me to review the work and tea ...

Returning to one nation under God

In 1892, a 37-year-old minister named Francis Bellamy authored the Pledge of Allegiance as part of a national patriotic school program. The plan was for schoolchildren across the country to recite in ...

American politics and the kingdom of God

Let me begin with a parameter and a disclaimer. The parameter is this: if you are reading this column with the hopes of having a Christian minister pronounce God’s favor upon a candidate or a po ...

Learning to slow down

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.” -- Matthew 11:28 One of the great blessings of the Christian faith is the opportunity we have to grow more and ...

True life awaits you

I don?t know about your world, but in mine, as currently arranged,there is always something to be donefor instance, peaceIn the Middle East or mopthe kitchen floor or prayerthe first highly impro ...

Connecting through Christ

On the last Sunday of this month, our congregation will have its yearly Kirkin' o' the Tartans service. This is always a wonderful celebration of the Presbyterian heritage as a bagpipe band leads in a ...

The greatest evidence

ICorinthians 15:16.17, 19 -- "If there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been resurrected. And if Christ has not been resurrected, (our) faith is worthless; (we) are still in (our) s ...

Elegance interrupted

My mother, who grew up on a Depression-era tobacco farm with few fineries, was an early subscriber to Southern Living magazine in 1966. It was a lifestyle journal for Dixie chicks long before the band ...

Peace for our weary souls

Noted as the creator of the modern detective novel and the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe's writings were shaped in large part by his experiences. His was a life fraught with death, denial, dr ...

Come, labor on

It was in 1894 that President Grover Cleveland signed into law the Labor Day holiday, a day created by the labor movement as a celebration of the American worker. Struggles between labor and employers ...

Focusing on our top priority

One of the greatest challenges we face every year is filling out our tax returns. There are so many complexities to tax law that many people use an accountant to get the job done. For similar reasons ...

Seek eternal life today!

You are going to die.So is everyone you love -- your husband or wife, your children, your parents, your friends, your enemies. It may happen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, next month, or maybe no ...

'Simple as A... B... C'

Not every idea is good or true. Consider that in the late 18th century, it was considered good medical practice to cleanse the blood of seriously ill individuals by the use of leeches. Also take into ...

Life by the decade

For me, the important birthdays and anniversaries end with a zero. And this was one of those years, because tomorrow -- Aug. 7 -- is our 40th anniversary.It was mid-spring when Lori asked over a cup o ...

Never alone

At our church this summer we have been working our way through the 23rd Psalm. In the recent days of upheaval in our country, how we need to hear the psalmist's words in verse 4: "Even though I walk t ...

The keeper of tears

For much of the past two years of my life, I have had many opportunities to experience, and thus understand more clearly, the great truth of the words of Ecclesiastes, where we read that there is a "t ...

These tiring days

We are all tired of the days we are living in, this season of violence. The mass murder by truck of citizens gathered to celebrate life in the free republic of France is only the latest incident in ou ...

Independence for all

On Monday, this country will celebrate what can be easily argued as its greatest and most important holiday. Throughout human history nations, states, cities, tribes and other organizations of humans ...

Reflections upon retirement

This past Wednesday, I ended 45 years of pastoral ministry, most of which has been served as a solo/senior pastor. I can honestly say that it has been a journey that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Like al ...

On bondage, addiction and idolatry

One of my favorite places to preach is Faith Home, a residential addictions ministry founded by Momma Barnes and her husband in Greenwood. It's an eight-week rehab where faith in Jesus Christ is joine ...

New beginnings

To the joy of teachers and students (and in some cases, to the chagrin of parents), school is out for another year. Our church is one of the many throughout this area that conducted Graduate Recogniti ...

Monuments and memorials

A wedding and a baptism have taken me to Washington twice in the past year, a city I had not visited in some time. Washington has changed enormously. Uber makes transportation a breeze. The city is ra ...