Repent of Injustice
Have you ever had anyone try to control you through guilt or shame? They may attempt to make you feel guilty for not attending a function they’re hosting. Or shame you for associating with certain individuals.
I read recently a chilling account of a young woman who plunged to her death from the edge of a rocky cliff. She was attempting to get a picture of herself against the backdrop of a deep ravine.
If you read current headlines or various posts on social media, there are plenty of reasons to be outraged, fearful or a combination of the two. And if you’re not outraged or fearful, there are plenty of people who will shame you for it.
There is an old hymn of whose chorus offers these blissful words: “How beautiful heaven must be. Sweet home of the happy and free; Fair haven of rest for the weary, How beautiful heaven must be.”
In an effort to put the year 1870 (150 years ago) in perspective, consider the following: Just three years prior (1863), President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1 as the nation approached its third year of a bloody civil war.
Last week, our state received news that the governor had decided to reopen Tennessee businesses. Some people let out a sigh of relief and some were left shaking their heads as if to say “too soon.”
I recall seeing a humorous skit on a country music program years ago called “Hee-Haw.” Several young ladies were washing clothes on an old-fashion rub board and singing about gossip.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
What do you say when no words suffice? What do you do when the worst day, your worst nightmare, becomes a reality? When what you pray never happens, happens?
I was a sophomore in high school when the dastardly terrorist attacks on the twin towers took place on 9/11. I remember that being the first time I was really self-aware of the world beyond Monroe County and America. My life was utterly changed forever.
The factor that separates Christianity from the world’s religions is the empty tomb. The cornerstone of the Gospel and the hope of every believer lie squarely on the fact that Jesus died to pay our sin debt then rose for our justification.
I am spoiled. I’ll admit it. As one born on the tail end of the Baby Boom generation, I have lived in one of the greatest times in human history.
It’s astounding to drive through Athens now and to see the places that were once overflowing with people now reduced to only a trickle. Our whole way of life has changed thanks to COVID-19, including our church meetings.
Martha, Mary and Lazarus were close friends to Jesus. Their home in Bethany was a place where He would come to visit and rest. It was in this home where Mary broke the alabaster box and anointed Jesus with the ointment (Matthew 26:6). This was the site of the miracle of the resurrection of L…
There are a couple things I have learned over the past few weeks of shutdowns and social distancing. The most important thing is to stay connected to family and friends.
My column is called Successful Living; the idea behind it is to show how Biblical principles, applied to everyday life, can make anyone more successful in any endeavor.
The way of life for Americans in the last week has felt like a bad dream or something out of a horror movie. The stock market dropped significantly, supplies and food are flying off the shelves, school and events have been cancelled, social distancing is being practiced along with some self-…
While the lyrics to The Clash’s 1982 hit are somewhat irrelevant to this crisis, the title sure weighs heavy on most of us. And for Christians in the Bible Belt, it may weigh heavier.
I imagine some people think the opposite of faith is fear, like they think the opposite of love is hatred. But just like love and hate can both be extreme emotions, faith and fear both represent a belief.
Recently, I have been intrigued listening to political pundits talk about a segment of voters called the “undecided.” Being a simple country preacher, I have had a difficult time wrapping my mind around the term.
If, as a Christian, you’re going to be successful in this life, sooner or later you’re going to have to realize you are something more than a mere mortal man. You were made in the God class of beings, created in His likeness.