Guest Viewpoint: ‘I move we fire the preacher’

We were wrapping up the monthly business meeting at my first pastorate, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church near Quitman, Miss., a meeting where I, as pastor, was serving as moderator. At the time, Mississippi was caught up in a raging fire of racial tension as James Meredith became the first black to enroll in Ole Miss. […]

Father’s Day: Being There

I’m one of the lucky ones. I was privileged to be raised in a home with a father who loves me and who has stayed faithful to my mom all these years. I have never known the pain of growing up in a broken home, and for that I feel very blessed. My dad is […]

Wholly Healthy: How to Avoid Medication Interactions

I was recently at a medical conference where one of the presenters discussed medication interactions. It was an eye-opening talk. Furthermore, it gave me the shudders when I was reminded of some of the frightening things that can occur when medications are mixed (by prescribers) without thorough forethought. For example, many drugs interact with the […]

Worldview: What Should We Think of Secularism?

Many, if not most, evangelicals hear the term “secularism” and perceive a clear and present danger, an impending doom — a rising tide of deliberately anti-Christian sentiment. Thoughts of the antichrist or the beast of Revelation come to mind. In this way, Christianity and secularism appear as combating foes striving for the soul of a […]

Comic Belief: We All Need a Friend

Did you know that if you isolate yourself from other people, you are two to three times more likely to die an early death? If you are divorced, separated or widowed, you have a five to 10 times greater chance of being hospitalized for mental disorders than if you are married. Some of you might […]

Outside the Walls: ‘The Talk’

The words were lodged behind the lump in my throat. I had thought about this moment for months. What if he is offended? What if this changes our relationship? How will he react? Finally, in his storage house, while working on fishing gear, I posed the question: “Dad, are you confident that if you were […]

President’s Perspective: One Day — 11.7.17

Do you ever feel frustrated because you can’t solve all the problems you see around you? There are so many needs in our communities: single moms in distress, broken families, underfunded schools, people struggling to pay the power bill — the list could go on and on. None of us can help everyone, but what […]

Guest Viewpoint: The hearing-impaired want to hear the sermon

Many churches have members with hearing loss. How can pastors make their sermons accessible to all folks with hearing loss? One option is to use a speech-to-text transcription service. There are several software options online, with Dragon being very popular. Like all programs, the software will have to be trained to the speaker’s voice, so […]

Editor’s Word: Even in Retirement, Be Sure to Live Until You Die

Retirement is a word that is not going to be deleted from our dictionaries, but what that time period means should be, and is being, redefined. People can retire and do basically nothing, or they can stay active and accomplish much. Dr. George Burch was an internationally known heart surgeon who taught at Tulane University […]

Guest Viewpoint: Movies — Lousy, Lamentable Lingo

Having a high regard for the use of language, much of today’s movie dialogue — and sometimes everyday conversation — causes me to cringe. It’s an era when your “Thank you” to a cashier is met with “No problem.” Your waiter approaches your mixed group with “Hi, guys.” And celebrity interviewees frequently utter phrases such […]