Religion

I am restless on this chilled fresh morning. Each attempt to settle and focus finds one more distraction claiming my attention. Thoughts are scattered. I’m fidgety. I aim to tidy things before walking to church. Maybe I’m searching for an excuse to avoid thinking about life’s recent dilemmas.

Who are you? Some of us will constantly define ourselves by who we used to be, for good or bad. Some of us still brag about things from long ago — brag about some kind of athletic achievement, or even still tell people our impressive ACT score. Some of us like to name-drop about a famous per…

In these times, it seems that no one wants to hear about hell. Let me be honest, I do not enjoy preaching about hell either. Yet, I must because it is my calling to preach not only the good news of the Gospel, but of the hurtful parts as well.

Up on the mountain, on the Cumberland Plateau, one hour and fifteen minutes from this North Georgia Piedmont, a man can take a trailhead through an old growth forest to a rocky outcropping called Kirby-Smith point. Ambling along on a short hike, the forest transitions from pines and mountain…

The Immanuel Broadcasting Network, with primary studios in Cartersville but with a signal that covers much of Northwest Georgia, Northeast Alabama and Southeast Tennessee, has tweaked its format to respond to a new generation of Christian radio audience.

I have become a reader, a departure from my youthful desire to avoid it and the tests that followed at all cost, which I could not. Three books, sometimes more, rest bedside, dormant until my hands and eyes fall on them. Short chapters: a word here and there move on to sentences and then par…

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 266 Prater Road, Kingston, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays and evening services are at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship is at 7 p.m.

Why is it so hard to be like Jesus? We all fall far short when it comes to imitating Jesus. We all do things he would never do, and fail to do things he would do without question. We act selfishly, and stupidly and heartlessly at times.

Those now distant, youthful, washed away days were carefree when my breathing synchronized with other heartbeats running and playing whatever game arose spontaneously – tag or red rover – sweating and exerting, then collapsing within dusk’s reach to ponder some told tall tale. Innocent laugh…

Puzzling! And my intent is to mean perplexing while also creating a new verb as in puzzling – the act of solving puzzles. Example: “I was puzzling a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Mount Rushmore this past weekend.”

The prophet Isaiah is considered not only one of the greatest prophet of his day, but he is considered one of the greatest prophets of all time.

There’s a grandmother sofa in my living room. Its curvature and form accompany a wingback chair and memories least forgotten. Grandmother sofas always invite company to sit down and pay a proper visit, a social call outlined by accepted graces and flower print dresses emitting a whiff of age…

What I remember most about that day was the cold. It was the kind of cold that seeps into the bones and settles as though it has found a permanent home. It seemed fitting for the day, as though the cold death of that little body had infected everything around it. I remember thinking, “It’s n…

What do you think of the world we now live in? We live in a world full of poverty. It is shameful and really inexcusable that one- half the world population lives at or below the poverty level. Many people in America are literally homeless because of mental challenges, depression and poverty…

Editor’s note: This column is part two of a three part series exploring the author’s quest to understand and ultimately live for God. Part one ran in the Rome News-Tribune’s Jan. 11 edition.

It all began the day I got the news. Opening a box containing a pacifier has its effect. The news arrested my unrestricted, youthful perspective and changed everything. The emotions, thoughts, excitements, realities and anticipations occupied me. This news came on its schedule, not mine. Wit…

If you haven’t read Esther in a while, you should pull it off the shelf. It is high melodrama. Esther tells the story of Jews who have been forced into exile in Babylon. King Ahasuerus dumps his wife, Queen Vashti, because he thinks she’s dissed him (though who can argue with her wanting to …

As we observe the season of Advent and anticipate the coming of Jesus into our world, I want to offer a challenge to all of us who follow Jesus.

I didn’t notice when it happened. Somehow I found myself feeling nostalgic about Rod Stewart. A sudden compulsion to go to Walgreens and buy Grecian formula startled me. Vanity had never visited me before, just enough grooming awareness to be conforming. Evoking these thoughts, I stared at t…

Humanity was forever changed when Moses brought down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments. Here were rules not to be violated, rules to live by.

Did you know that we live in a world of seven major religions and thousands of common religions? Could that be a part of why our world is so divided? That said, I am grateful that I live in a country and was raised in a neighborhood where Christianity was the dominant faith. Someone said rel…

And now, I ask myself, “Why are black-eyed peas always served with pork?” Maybe it’s a Southern tradition or as regional as red beans and rice. Perhaps food, like language, has its own sort of culinary dialect. Maybe tradition, our sense of how to order things, is a human construct offering …

Turning the corner, I steered the car into the parking lot. There, confronting me, the sign said, “Sudden Service.” I thought, “Wow! Not bad for a ‘fried in old grease, we’ll worry about the arteries later chicken joint.” Catchy slogans cannot overcome a “rust on the building, empty parking …

No story. No memory. No watermelons or tomatoes. No metaphors treading in spiritual time. Today, I want to remind myself and readers of a singular gospel truth. I want to allow God’s power and provision to rest in my soul and give me peace. I want you to allow and remember it, too.

If you are part of any sort of group that gets together you will certainly understand what I’m talking about. It might be a book club or people getting together to play cards. It might be a coffee group that gathers every morning, or even a prayer group that meets every week. Or it could be …

Several years ago, both of my ankles were broken simultaneously when a driver ran a red light and hit my car head on. It took surgery, pins and plates, and three years of hard work to rehab my ankles. I had just begun to walk normally and was finally able to manage stairs without having to u…

Undeniable realization always comes, moments when vision is clear and unequivocal, when compensations and denials no longer supplant the truth attempting to land permanence on the landscape of dreams. Mine came on a putting green in college. Believing myself to be a fine putter, the glue hol…

 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning — yes, more than those who watch for the morning” (Psalm 130:5,6, NKJV).

What if I told you that you are richer than you think? There are approximately 7 ½ billions of people on the planet earth. Nearly half of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

Bernard “Bernie” Sims was a friend of mine. He lived a few houses down from my family on Pruitt Drive. We were a year apart in age and shared an interest in golf. This meant we did not share any classes in school and that I could only observe him on the golf course. Bernie appeared more verb…

It started as a family feud. Before it was over, it morphed into murder, an attempted coup d’etat and political assassination. Absalom’s anger was understandable. Amnon took a fancy to Absalom’s sister Tamar. When Tamar rejected him, Amnon forced the issue – then casually threw Tamar on the …

The day arrived and along with my golf bag and clubs, I carried all the associated anticipation, excitement and butterflies I normally experienced before competition. It remains a highlight in my golf career. By virtue of a top ten finish in the South Carolina Junior Championship, I qualifie…

“Repentance is the strained throbbing of birth. Forgiveness through the grace of God is the gift of the new life emerging from the depths of sin’s womb. The born again, those who have received that new birth, learn to forgive first self, then others as self.” — Harris Murray

In the “bread of life” verses in John’s Gospel, Chapter 6, Jesus says a lot that is difficult to understand and to wrap our minds around. The disciples did a good job of asking probing questions, trying to get Jesus to clarify what he was talking about. But the more he talked, the more confu…

There are so many things happening in this post modern world. Some are very positive, but in my mind I see this cosmos — world of order God created— as chaos — a world of disorder the evil one has seduced man to create.