What to do with this president?

Someone recently asked me, “How should we respond to this president?” From the question, I could not tell if the person making the inquiry voted for the person who currently occupies the White House or not. And, if I did know, it wouldn’t matter. My answer would be the same. We are to pray for […]

You are dust

On Ash Wednesday, the first day of the liturgical season of Lent, as ashes are placed in the form of a cross of the believer’s forehead, the minister will likely say, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” This phrase is basically a quote from Genesis 3 where God speaks to […]

My grandson’s dream

My grandson, Isaac Epps, is a United States Marine Corps recruit finishing up his third week of boot camp at infamous Parris Island, S.C. It was 47 years ago this month that I arrived at Parris Island. It was, at the same time, the best and the worst experience of my young life. In a […]

The wager

I am not a gambler. I am, from time to time, a risk-taker but that does not extend to gambling. Once in a very great while, I will buy a lottery ticket if the prize is about a gazillion dollars. But I don’t really expect to win. I do buy raffle tickets at the Marine […]

Celebrating Black History

On my social media page, I have been posting photographs and short biographies of African-American men and women who have made significant contributions to the United States. ”Why,” one person asked me, “are you doing this? Because it’s Black History Month?” Well, yes. That, and the fact that most white Americans, and, I suspect, a […]

Drama addiction

In the past few months, the social media has become a hot zone. A hot zone may be defined as “a location that is considered to be dangerous due to biological, chemical, or nuclear contamination.” I would like to suggest that a place that can be dangerous due to political rhetoric be added to the […]

A beautiful thing

David Pike and his wife, Kimberly, are members of our congregation. Several days ago, David posted an observation on his social media page. The previous Sunday morning, he was in church and heard a child praying out loud. Here are his observations: “Every Sunday at church we have a time of confession of our sins. […]

Suck it up, get over it, and move on

In 1968, the Dobyns-Bennett Indians of Kingsport, Tenn., were on their way to a successful season. D-B, as it was and is known, was and is the high school football team with the most wins in Tennessee history. It also has the most football championships of any high school in Tennessee history. And so, at […]

Essential keys to a winning season

The University of Alabama football has just won 26 games in a row and plays (again) for the National Championship Monday evening. When does a team and coaching staff begin thinking about and planning for an undefeated season, a conference championship, and a shot at the national title? My guess is, in the case of […]

Christmas on Sunday

This year, Christmas Day fell on Sunday. Because of Leap Year, the day is not always easy to calculate. For example, the last time that Christmas was on Sunday was 2011, five years ago. The next time will be 2022, or six years from now. After that, Christmas falls on Sunday in 2033, or 11 […]

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