Guest Viewpoint: No Better Place to Fish

One of my dad’s favorite pastimes was fishing. He rarely caught anything big, but he loved to go to the lake or a river, or a stream, and “drown a worm.” I have a nice bass on my wall that was caught with my dad on Watauga Lake in East Tennessee. I cherish the memory […]

Wholly Healthy: Social Media Can Turn Toxic

“Mens sana, in corpore sano” goes the old Latin saying. “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” It’s vital that we pay proper attention not only to our physical existence, but also to our minds and souls — to the intangible but essential part of who we are. While I write a lot about things […]

Mary Beth’s Kitchen: Chicken Nuggets

The recipe this month is for Chicken Nuggets and comes from my “Healthy, Simple, Southern Style Cooking on One Income” cookbook (see link below). A great accompaniment to this dish is my grammy’s Tomato Salad. She was a healthy cook from Germany, and we enjoyed many of her fresh and easy recipes, especially during the […]

President’s Perspective: Who Will You Engage?

One early summer evening in Greenwood, my dad and I were grilling burgers in our backyard. Dark clouds filled the sky as lightning flashed in the distance and thunder rumbled softly. A heavy drizzle began to moisten our shoulders. My dad joked, “This may be the day we all go home to be with the […]

Comic Belief: Miracles out of Messes

I’d had my share of mess-ups even before I became a speaker. In my last year of graduate school during Psychotherapy practicum, I was given my first patient. Thinking I was the next Sigmund Freud, I grew a beard, smoked a pipe and looked psychological. My patient had test anxiety, and I was to do […]

Outside the Walls: Fatherly Advice

“I already know, Dad.” I had my doubts in the confidence that exuded from my oldest son, Caden, as he took the car keys from me. He put the car in drive and sped off entirely too fast with the DMV in the rearview mirror. I had a lot of thoughts that flowed through my […]

Editor’s Word: The Power of Theology Is Applying It

Recently, my middle daughter shared with me that she and her husband were reading through Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology.” I was impressed, to say the least! She said it was not difficult reading. That conversation spurred me to think through the whole subject of theology. We might have a tendency to think of it as […]

Outside the Walls: Show the Son

“We aren’t in South Carolina anymore,” I thought as I looked around at the makeshift housing along the roadside, and the conditions in the school that would be our home for the week in Puerto Rico. It was the first mission experience where our students were immersed in another culture and a flight away from […]

Wholly Healthy: Sexual Abuse — Know the Signs

It seems that every week, every month, we learn of another allegation of the sexual abuse of children. While it’s easy to throw stones at various groups, a horrible truth remains: Humans are sinful and abusive. We can find sexual abuse in any group. It’s not a problem that can be relegated to Catholics or […]

Editor’s Word: America’s population is aging

As a nation, we are getting older.  That reality touches just about every area of American life. Everything from new razor blades that are designed to help shave another person to remote patient monitoring and innovative health care delivery systems are just a couple of the new offerings for an aging population. By 2030, according […]