Outside the Walls: Time to Have Those Thanksgiving Talks

Nanny’s house is a special place. My wife’s extended family floods Nanny’s modest home every Thanksgiving, and we are greeted with her love, kindness and hospitality. She makes all of us feel so special and creates an environment for us to connect. Sometimes we see family members we haven’t seen since Christmas. We eat in […]

Thanksgiving Is Always in Season

I dearly enjoy the Thanksgiving season, even though so much of it in our culture has little to do with giving thanks — and even less with thanking God. In fact, it’s relatively easy to enjoy the holiday season and put together a great Thanksgiving Day meal — when compared with the challenge of obeying […]

In Your Interest: Children’s Inheritance

Many people today look forward to retirement, and are working hard to save money for that day. Hopefully, you will retire with plenty to live on, and not have to worry about depleting your savings during your lifetime. If that is the case, then your children will stand to inherit a nice sum of money, […]

Sunday Dinner: Squash Casserole

Hearty menus increase as the thermometer reading decreases, but one meal a day — whatever time of year — needs its vegetables, so try squash. There must be a dozen or more recipes called “Squash Casserole,” and you will like this one. One of the good things about this vegetable is that local squash are […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: The Bible and Slavery

Many people, believers included, are troubled that slavery was practiced in both the Old and New testaments. Much of this uneasiness results from failure to note that not all slavery is created equal. While slavery is “the state of one bound in servitude,” details of the practice have varied from time to time and culture […]

Comic Belief: Don’t Be a Carbon Copy

God loves you and has a plan for your life. The problem is, other people who don’t love you also have a plan for your life. It’s pretty tough being what God designed you to be — especially among people who seem to think God made all of us as divine duplicates. When my wife […]

Wholly Healthy: Giving Thanks for Modern Medicine

My father-in-law was one of 17 children, 12 of whom lived to adulthood. Five others died of assorted illnesses that were difficult to treat in the remote hills of West Virginia. My grandmother told tales of her baby brother, who died at age 2 of diphtheria in the hills of Appalachia in the early 20th […]

Resources and References for Christians

About 35 years ago, I was browsing in a Christian bookstore when the owner of the store asked me if I could recommend a book to a young Jewish man who had recently become a Christian. He wanted something to help him grow in his faith. I recommended he start by reading the Gospel of […]

Sunday Dinner: Lonesome Cowboy Bars

Don’t you love the name of this church? It’s Pleasant Grove, and it’s located in the Upstate near the Greenville-Spartanburg airport, although it has a Greer address. A member of the Three Rivers Baptist Association, where Randy Bradley serves as director of missions, the church has most of the Baptist programs and organizations. The Sunday […]

Outside the Walls: Our Most Valuable Resource

My wife and I have driven 730,000 miles since we were married. There was a man by the name of Ford who led us every step of the way — Henry, not Danny. Henry Ford may have realized something that church leaders sometimes forget. He said, “You can take my factories, burn my buildings, but […]