Freedom-fed Patriotism

In his essay, “The Czar’s Soliloquy,” Mark Twain wrote, “True patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” As we approach our patriotic holiday on July 4, the idea of patriotism is displayed and discussed in our society. But what is patriotism, […]

Outside the Walls: One Nation Under God?

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” (George Washington) “The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.” (John Quincy Adams) “That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.” (Andrew Jackson) “In regard for this great book, I have this to […]

Outside the Walls: Relentless Pursuit

The 1958 Green Bay Packers were a bunch of losers. They only won one game the entire season. The program was in shambles, the coach was fired, and there wasn’t much hope for the future. The owner decided to take a chance on a guy who had never been a head coach of an NFL […]

Sunday Dinner: Cherry Congealed Salad

They were more popular a few years ago, but one doesn’t see them as much now as previously. I like them. They are pretty on the plate or buffet, simple to make, and usually must be made a day or so before serving. Now the fresh green salads are more often the choice. I’m talking […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: The So-Called Problem of Evil

The question haunts human minds: “If God is good, why does He allow evil?” Many view this difficulty as the most substantial challenge to Christianity, and some take it as evidence that God does not exist. If God is all good, then certainly He desires to eliminate evil; and if God is all powerful, then certainly […]

Wholly Healthy: A Healthful Dose of Sunshine

As of this writing, my family is about to embark on our annual beach vacation. Because we’re a homeschool family (well, now college and homeschool), we typically take our trip in mid to late May. This is right after finals, when the kids and the mom have reached maximum stress levels for the year. We […]

Comic Belief: Snapshot of Encouragement

How many of you get too much encouragement? Do people tell you how wonderful you are everywhere you go? When you get to work, does everyone stop and clap for you? When you arrive home, do you get a standing ovation? Do your kids carry pictures of you in their wallets and show them to […]

President’s Perspective: Pass Along the Encouragement

I can remember the excitement I felt when I took my first pastorate almost a quarter-century ago. After serving as an associate minister of a large downtown church, I accepted a call to a rural church. When I started my tenure, I had many dreams and plans for this small congregation and the surrounding communities. […]

From the Editor: Encouraging One Another

Encouragement is such a powerful influence on a person’s motivation. It takes about 10 positives to neutralize one negative, but we live in a world full of negativity. That translates into an even greater need to encourage one another. In the book of Hebrews, the Jewish people who had professed faith in Christ experienced consequences […]

Pastor to Pastor: Experiencing ‘Life Transference’

Two words often used by professor and then president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Paige Patterson, were “life transference.” He used the expression to describe the importance of the classroom setting. The axiom depicts the difference in classroom versus online or satellite education. How true! Being present with great men of God — being able […]