The grace of being reinvented

I want a new word for the change Lori and I enter July 1, 2017. It’s labeled retirement, which sounds a lot like vanishing. How about advancementor re-engagement, perhaps even being reinvented? ...

The ministry of presence

Several years ago, I heard a story of a little boy whose neighbor had just lost her husband to cancer. The little boy was accustomed to going in and out of the elderly couple’s home daily and he ...

Birth, life and death of a king

As we enter the Lenten season, I find myself thinking about the thematic connections among Jesus’ birth, his life and his death. In Matthew, the connection might be most evident in the kingship ...

The sun and the rain

Jesus said “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on ...

We be dancin' in da street...

Last week, Beyond Abuse, one of Greenwood’s worthy ministries, announced the 2017 slate for its Dancing with the Stars Greenwood edition. I was honored and terrified to be on that list. When Cat ...

Giving the finger (of friendliness)

“The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us.” (Acts 28:2, NLT) While driving down the road — whether in his ...

'You can't be serious'

Over the passing of time, words have a tendency to change meaning. Take the word “gay.” I recall the day when this word denoted a person who was “happy, merry and light-spirited.R ...

On family rogues and fashion modesty

My lovely wife, in her fashion sense, hits the sweet spot between modesty and style, fully feminine and yet restrained in epidermal exposure. I sometimes find myself issuing compliments to adult women ...

Are you ready to follow Jesus?

“So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” (Luke 5:11). Have you ever thought through what it means to follow Jesus? The verb that Luke uses to desc ...

Resolution or relationship?

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, this is the time when many of us will make resolutions intended to bring about positive change in our lives. The apostle Paul uses my favorite word for positive ...

Are we ready for Christmas?

“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.” — Luke 2:6 KJV The King James Version of the Bible is what many of us are used ...

The wisdom of the Pig

“Local Since Forever,” says the T-shirt or bumper sticker from the venerable Southern grocery store franchise Piggly Wiggly. They invented the self-service store in Memphis in 1919, allowi ...

Christmas not held by seasonal bounds

While in the car a few weeks ago, a Christmas song came on the radio. My oldest son, Alex, made the comment, “Christmas is such a great time of the year. Just hearing the carols on the radio mak ...

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 ...