Editor’s Last Word: Ministering to Addicts

Ministering to addicts can be frustrating. Those who seek to bring godly counsel and loving help to those caught in an addictive bond are to be commended, encouraged and supported. For the past 18 years, I have served in a volunteer capacity as the counselor for Home with a Heart, a residential Christian rehab ministry […]

Kingdom Focus: From All Tribes and Peoples and Languages

Growing up, from 1981-86, I had the privilege of living in West Berlin, Germany, during the Cold War. While in Berlin, my family attended Berlin Baptist Church, an international church whose members came from England, Lebanon, Vietnam, Indonesia, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Germany and Cambodia. Being a part of such a diverse body of believers taught […]

Comic Belief: Conflicting Ways

Been to battle lately? Conflict can actually be good for you. Criticism separates people, but conflict stimulates people. If you ignore things, they build up and get worse. You might as well fight the battle before you have to go to war. A little boy asked his dad how the big war started. The father […]

Pastor to Pastor: Unnecessary Things

Not long into our hike, we saw remnants of the unnecessary: discarded clothing, extra shoes, cola products, games, small coolers, blankets, and even snacks and candy. We instructed them the night before to not take unnecessary things. We were to hike one mile and camp for one night. What do 8-year-olds understand about “essential”? Apparently, […]

President’s Perspective: Confronting the Problem

Addiction has been a growing problem in all communities for an incredibly long time. During the 1970s, drug abuse became rampant throughout the world. While drugs represent the most prominent addiction, other addiction forms have begun to surface within all cultures and social classes. Alcohol addiction has become a major contributing factor in divorces, job […]

Outside the Walls: Hearing the Broken One’s Story

I tried to pretend not to see him. He held a cardboard sign on the exit of the interstate and walked up slowly to my stalling car at the light. My prayer was answered, and the light turned green just before he made it to my car. I know you are much more spiritual than […]

Sunday Dinner: Chipped Beef Dip

Well, I’m just mad about the whole thing. I don’t really mind being “of a certain age” because people are nice to me. I’m not even offended when I don’t understand what young people are talking about half the time, and it doesn’t bother me when I occasionally lose things at home. Most of the […]

Wholly Healthy: Loving the Addicted

I had a wonderful talk with a young woman a few days ago. She came to the ER confused, hallucinating and suicidal. The mental health system being what it is in most states, she was still in the ER the next day. This time she was lucid, calm, pleasant and apologetic. “I think it was […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: Questing for Jesus

On March 10, 2000, one of my closest friends and I watched our beloved Kentucky Wildcats play Arkansas at the ESPNZone in Times Square after our failed attempt to attend the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. As the evening progressed, we started talking with an Arkansas graduate at the next table and ended […]

Sunday Dinner: Plantation Squash

There is a running joke among home gardeners who try to give each other their yellow summer squash. If you don’t have a generous squash-growing neighbor, you can get squash at almost any farmers’ market or supermarket during summer and throughout the year at the latter. And that’s a good thing. The yellow summer (crook […]