Wait and See

Wait and See For Father's Day, my daughters gave me one of those nifty snap-on 4-in-1 lens converters for my iPhone. It gives you four options of two macro views, wide-angle and fisheye. Since I rarely use anything but my iP ...

The Smith Slant

The Smith Slant We are halfway through 2015, and I am with my family vacationing on the Carolina beaches. At the end of 2014, I shared a few photos and quotes from my experiences throughout the year. Here are a few more for you, along w ...

On An Even Keel

On An Even Keel A friend asked me once, “What do you think your best contribution will be? And for what would you like to be remembered?” I did not need time to mull the answer over: “I have been a Sunday School teacher for the ...

Fool on the Hill

Fool on the Hill In the small Baptist church where I grew up we heard rumors of “intellectuals” lurking in the world beyond our safe fellowship who relished the opportunity to attack our faith. While we had never met one we knew that ...

It’s Been A Long Time Coming

It’s Been A Long Time Coming Guy Carawan died earlier this month at the Highlander Center in Tennessee. He had been the director there for many years. While an accomplished musician, folklorist and collector of traditional hymns and songs, his most ...

Slip Sliding Away

Slip Sliding Away By now, many of you have read the news articles and numerous responses to the latest Pew Research that shows the number of people who identify themselves as Christians is declining. Over the last seven years, that number ...

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath A few minutes before noon on April 25 two tectonic plates nine miles beneath the surface of the earth shifted after 81 years of grinding and pushing against each other. The force of 20 thermonuclear bombs was released in ...

An Avalanche of Cash

An Avalanche of Cash After the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, and the typhoon in the Philippines, millions of Americans (and a fair number of Gathering participants) responded to the immediate needs through Twitter, Facebook and ...

Beneath Another Sky

Beneath Another Sky This week I received a note from my close friend of many years, Terry Parker. He wrote: “As I think you know, about five years ago one of my grandchildren, Katie, who was nine years old, was given a death sentence b ...

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