Outside the Walls: A Complete Disciple

The small group of men huddled together. The time they had spent together the past year was filled with ups and downs. They trusted and believed in each other. There was one last thing they needed to do: Execute the play. Hunter Renfrow runs the route, crosses the goal, and makes the catch from Deshaun […]

Sunday Dinner: Let’s Resolve to Be More Hospitable

We are a month away from it all. The tree is down and out, the fruitcake, ham/turkey, collards, and black-eyed peas are eaten, children are back in school, people are back at their jobs, and we are in the second month of the new year. Your resolutions have been made (and possibly abandoned), so I […]

Wholly Healthy: Battling the Bug — Gastroenteritis

Lately I have seen many patients with gastroenteritis, an illness producing vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, chills, headache and, sometimes, fever. Here are a few tips on handling “the bug” that is so common now (and which, by the way, is not influenza). Prevention first: If possible, avoid contact with anyone who has vomiting and diarrhea, […]

Editor’s Last Word: The Blessing of Friendship

W. Ray Partain, one of the best friends I have ever known, died suddenly after a massive heart attack in December. Ray became a very successful businessman after he “retired” from his regular job. When he started his income tax and bookkeeping business around 40 years ago, he dedicated his business to Christ. Throughout the […]

Comic Belief: The Gift of Teenagers

What happened? You put them to bed normal, and they wake up weird. They become teenagers. They dress for school, and they look like a Groucho Marx comedy team. You meet their friends and you want to say, “Pick a gender and stick with it, and buy some pants that fit.” What do you do? […]

Worldview: The Hiddenness of God

Philosopher Frederick Copleston asked atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell what Russell would say if, after death, he faced God who asked him why he didn’t believe. Russell responded, “I would say, ‘Not enough evidence, God; not enough evidence.’” This exchange highlights the problem of the hiddenness of God. That is, if God exists, why does He […]

Worldview: Books That Are Our Friends (or Should Be)

“Tolle lege. Tolle lege.” The sing-song words echoed in his ears: “Take and read. Take and read.” And read, he did. Augustine picked up his copy of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans and read. What he read changed what he believed. The Bible has a way of doing that: changing lives. As Baptists, […]

Editor’s Last Word: Adoption … It’s Personal

Adoption is more than just an alternative to abortion. For my family and me, it is personal. Anne and I are the proud grandparents of three of the greatest blessings God has ever given us. One of our grandchildren is adopted, and because January is Sanctity of Human Life emphasis, I want to share some […]

Sunday Dinner: Pork Tenderloin in Apple Marinade

Today’s recipe is an easy one, and you may have prepared tenderloin in a similar way. It can be made ahead of the time you need it, giving you more time to prepare the other parts of the meal. It is from Mary Frances Roberts of Overbrook Baptist Church in Greenville. I have used recipes […]