Forever Young

Forever Young “And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’ So the Lord God ba ...

You’ll Never See It Coming

You’ll Never See It Coming You may have heard the old saw, “If you want to understand something try and change or reform it.” It's true. You can never understand the intricacies and power of vested interests, tradition, inertia, fear and reluc ...

To Rest in Unvisited Tombs

To Rest in Unvisited Tombs If you want well-written insight into the work of speechwriters and their behind-the-scenes influence, I would suggest Barton Swaim's new book, “The Speechwriter.” Its soul-searching honesty about the conflicts, chal ...

Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers It wasn't just a disagreement. It was a showdown that ended in both men, once fast friends, turning away from each other for the balance of their lives. They never see each other again because of their bitter feelings ov ...

Hush Harbor

Hush Harbor "The Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality has jolted many into realizing that we are no longer living in our own Promised Land but, perhaps, are headed into what Fuller Theological Seminary President Mark Labberton ...

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 ...

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