Outside the Walls: The Black and White Gospel

Robert was a normal middle school boy. He was a jokester and a little hyper, and he rarely thought through the consequences before he acted. I met him when I was a student minister and welcomed him into our student group with open arms. It was an honor to see him confess Christ as Lord […]

Comic Belief: A Great House

An elderly, wealthy lady was sitting in her Mercedes waiting for a parking place at the grocery store. She had been waiting patiently as a car backed out. Just as the car pulled out, a young man whizzed right in and took the place. He got out of the car and, as he walked to […]

Mary Beth’s Kitchen: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

My daughter said, “Mom, Valentine’s Day is this month, so do your spaghetti with meat sauce recipe!” She is now married, and I was so surprised that she remembered our Valentine’s Days from her childhood. On Valentine’s Day, I would make a special dinner for the family — and their favorite was spaghetti with meat […]

Wholly Healthy: Do What the Doctor Says!

It can be hard to stay healthy these days. The cost of prescriptions is often ridiculous. The cost of health care, in general, is rising. And it takes way too long to get a doctor’s appointment! But there is something that can help everyone stay healthier. And here it is: Do what the doctor says. […]

Editor’s Word: Our New Managing Editor

Butch Blume will be retiring around the end March, and even though we will miss him, we are blessed to welcome a seasoned veteran of Christian journalism, Todd Deaton. Todd served as the managing editor of The Courier from 1996 to 2009 before accepting the position of editor of The Western Recorder in Kentucky. He […]

Editor’s Word: Alzheimer’s Didn’t Win

On Thursday, Nov. 29, around midnight, surrounded by the people she loved most on this earth, my mother breathed her last breath. For over 12 years she struggled with Alzheimer’s, coupled with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Her battle was over, and even though this sinister and devastating disease viciously attacked her body and brain, it did […]

Outside the Walls: Go Fix the Problem

“Houston, we have a problem.” These famous words were spoken from aboard NASA’s Apollo 13, more than 205,000 miles from Earth, while the spacecraft was en route to the moon. All mission control personnel were called into the room to problem-solve as three astronauts’ lives hung in the balance. It became clear to engineers working […]

Comic Belief: Turning Over the Keys

“Finding Forrester” is a great movie. Sean Connery plays the part of a legendary writer who mentors a young man who has great potential as a writer. Connery tells Forrester to sit at the typewriter and begin typing — just type what comes to mind. Just start. Think of five frogs sitting on a log. […]

Mary Beth’s Kitchen: Chili and Beans

Winter is here, and this is the time of year to spend with our loved ones and friends! Sitting around the table or fireplace. Playing board games and doing devotions at the table. Eating together at the table and talking about everyone’s day. Turn off the phones and screens in your home, and get to […]

Wholly Healthy: Tackling a Mental Health Crisis

America is in the grips of a true mental health crisis. Depression and anxiety are epidemic in young and old alike. No matter how many medications the medical community prescribes, these diseases seem to increase in prevalence. People with more intense mental health afflictions like schizophrenia frequently have few available resources. Mental health clinics are […]