Religion

Needed sensory deprivation evaded my rearing. Fresh with me are Mom’s stern looks and unchallenged tone of voice and any threat of death by hickory or forced gagging from Brussels sprouts. Long are the wishes for escape when my bothering had aroused one of her guaranteed responses. I feared …

It never ceases to amaze me of the love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior displays for us. As He prepared to leave this world by way of the Crucifixion, his final prayer was for us. It is what we call an intercessory prayer, a prayer for others to concentrate on their needs and distress, or s…

The woman had probably been held by the authorities for some time. To them, she was just a means to an end. Now, on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the chief priests and Pharisees are ready to spring their trap.

Thinking, listening, observing, note taking, reading, conversing and emptying oneself of long formed preconceptions are the writer’s comfort. A writer always writes whether staring at a blank page or watching nature from a park bench or unraveling the poet’s pause or surviving those oft cons…

Technology is everywhere these days. It has become such an integral part of our daily experience. For some of us, technology has become a phenomenon that shapes almost every waking minute of our day. Because some of these changes have occurred almost overnight, the way we go about our daily …

Seeing ourselves as we are is a hard thing to do. But what eyes do we trust most but our own? We are our own rule makers in our own little kingdoms.

I want to suggest that the greatest power on earth, often overlooked and not demonstrated enough, is love.

I’m up on the mountain. It’s early morn and the day is waking. Sitting outside on the porch, I sense mountain time settle over me much as the fog settles over the plateau.

They had spent decades in the wilderness, learning to trust God. Now, on the threshold of the Promised Land, decisions had to be made. Who would get what land? How would they order their political lives, the ways in which they would live together in community?

Parcel to the montage of my life experiences are those bright days before sorrow cast its gray on my little niche. Each happy remembrance balances my perception against those disappointments that shattered my optimism into littered realities. Unlike some whose childhoods are tainted too earl…

“Sooner or later you are going to have to choose what is most important to you: your job or your family.”

I was struggling the other day to advance my column toward completion. I found myself rumbling through my mind and the house at the same time, delaying any disciplined attempt to sit down and write. Knowing I was a bit stumped, I reached for a book on the shelf in hopes one of my favorite au…

I did not want to write this column. It is very depressing to contemplate, but this matter is in your face from all media. The statistics read like this: “Twenty-three veterans commit suicide in the U.S. every day.” “One of the leading causes of death among American teenagers and the elderly…

Sometimes we understand a story not by what is present but what is absent. It’s been said a poem makes absence itself into a perceivable presence. In his book, “Ambition and Survival,” Christian Wiman says, “I respond most deeply to art that has, you might say, a hole in it, some stark vacan…

There was a time in my life when I took a boat to work. I traveled 45 minutes down the Intracoastal waterway between Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie, an island inaccessible by car. Adventure made the commute tolerable for a few years. The fourth year proved burdensome.

Often in contemporary dramas, we see a protagonist who is on his or her own, facing an uncertain future. Do we find ourselves in the same predicament?

I have noticed, and I’m sure you have, too, a fashion, an inclination, an easy agreement in conversation when the subject arises about God as nature or seeing God in nature. Often we nod in agreement without thinking much about the implications of such a perception. Of course, nature hints a…

When I was growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Sundays in Rome were all very still and quiet except for church services.

Following his resurrection, Matthew tells us that Jesus sent word for his disciples to meet him on a mountaintop for final instructions. When Jesus arrived on the scene Matthew tells us “they worshiped him; but some doubted” (Matt. 28.17).

Spring rushed in this year and claimed an early arrival. Winter fell away, released its reign and loosened its grip on my pessimism. So demonstrative was its entrance, Blackberry Winter yielded its attempt at dampening my spirit and decided against an appearance. As I anticipated Nature’s la…

Two honest questions: what do you think of yourself? When it comes to possibly living a life for Jesus, how do you feel that you match up?

Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! The crowd cheered in punctuated rhythm celebrating Tiger Woods’s victory at this year’s Masters golf tournament. While the golf world watched with excitement a moment most thought would not happen, Tiger tapped in for a bogey five on the 72nd hole to win his fifteenth ma…

One of the challenges in reading or hearing or studying passages from scripture is trying to figure out where we fit in all of it. Sometimes the stories of our faith are difficult to connect to our lives today, two thousand years later. At times, sacred scripture can seem like words meant on…

Another meeting schedules me. Another phone call interrupts. A text dings on my cell. I jot a note down to attend to later and somehow hope its purpose will rise at a remembered time or just in time. Two more conversations demand focus and attention before I can, with measured intent, inhale…

It took a while. Had circumstances meted a different outcome, The Masters golf tournament and Augusta National may have died as but a dream to its founders, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Fate can be a dance partner capable of two-stepping to a tune chosen by the will of its whim.

I am certainly sensitive and respectful of people of other religions. However, I am of a surety that Jesus is the son of God. In fact, the Holy Bible is clear that there is one God with three personalities: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Primera Iglesia Bautista, 614 Old Dalton Road, will present the Easter cantata "Alabanza de Resurrección" on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The lyrics and narrative of the Easter story will be presented entirely in Spanish. Members of the congregation including (front row, from left) Magdalena Tucker, …

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1818 Kingston Highway, will have a flowered cross on Easter Sunday. The sermon will be “Find Hope This Easter — He Is Risen.”

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1818 Kingston Highway, will hold Psalm Sunday service this Sunday at 11 a.m. with their annual Easter musical, “My Easter Story.” The quarterly fellowship luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. and the film “The Passion of the Christ” will be shown at 2 p.m. …

“Two men went up to the temple to pray.”

It’s another routine morning. My alarm sounds at 5 a.m. I rise toward clarity. Prayer and devotion follow.

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1818 Kingston Highway, will hold Psalm Sunday service this Sunday at 11 a.m. with their annual Easter musical, “My Easter Story.” The quarterly fellowship luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. and the film “The Passion of the Christ” will be shown at 2 p.m. …

What would Jesus do? If Jesus were here today, would he ensconce himself within the walls of a church? Would He preach and pray and heal only on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and Wednesdays? Would he limit transportation to the church van or meals to church suppers? Would he shy away from t…

Teaching golf early in my career, I exposed my ignorance by how much information I gave to each student to validate my expertise. I thought the more information given, the more logical an argument, the more “why” a student should follow my advice, the more change would occur. Confucius was r…

The Lenten season is here, those days just before we recall the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. In some protestant churches Lent barely gets notice. In the Roman Catholic tradition the stations of the cross are portrayed. To me, the important part about Lent is not what you give up but wha…

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…

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.

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…