Confessions of a pacifist — Part 2

[Continued from last week.] Following Marine Corps boot camp, I went to a six-month course at the United States Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Va. During that time I was safe with my secret pacifist views. I settled in to a hectic but predictable routine during that period of time. After several months, I […]

Confessions of a pacifist

As a teenager, I never thought very much about the taking of a life. I had a pretty peaceful childhood and teen life and, with the exception of an occasional bully, karate, and football, violence was not part of my life. I believed in the Ten Commandments, including the one saying, “Thou shalt not kill,” […]

Billy Graham, Protestant saint

Billy Graham died last week. Up until now, there has never been a time when Billy Graham was far from my life. He began his crusade ministry before I was born. When I was a small child, I remember watching, along with my parents, his massive crusades broadcasts on black and white television. I didn’t […]

Facts about fasting

One of the practices in Christian churches during the season of Lent, which began last week, is fasting. Fasting is seen by most as, basically, the abstaining from food for a period of time. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, for example, are designated fast days. But Lent is also considered a season for fasting, as […]

Lent begins — for billions

The vast majority of the Christian world is entering the season of Lent. Lent is a solemn season in the liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes just before Easter. It is a time of reflection, self-examination, prayer, fasting, and repentance. It is a time of “laying aside” unproductive habits, attitudes, practices, and […]

An SEC church

Sometimes people will ask what our church or denomination is all about. After giving it considerable thought, I have decided to answer future inquiries thusly: “We are an SEC Church.” No, it’s not what you think, even though quite a number of the folks in our local congregation strongly support one of the universities of […]

Remembering Father Joe

It is likely that you never met Father Joe Hassell. Joe was, he thought, destined to be a minister. His grandfather, after all, spent his life as a Methodist minister in south Alabama. According to Joe, “… from my earliest memories there was an acceptance that I would go into the ministry.” Joe always thought […]

Arrest, imprison the ‘sanctuary politicians’

An illegal immigrant who admitted to gunning down two Sacramento-area cops threatened to escape and kill more on the first day of his double murder trial, according to a report on the national news. Luis Brisements, who allegedly murdered Detective Michael Davis Jr. and Deputy Danny Oliver in October 2014, smiled in court Tuesday, stating, “I […]

On downsizing

We are in a transition phase of sorts. My wife and I are very seriously considering, and making plans for, downsizing. It sounds so simple downsizing. Like buying a half gallon of milk instead of the whole gallon. However, it s one of the most complex activities I have ever considered. One of the big […]

With apologies to the University of Central Florida

The college football champion has been crowned and, again, it is a Southern team. A few weeks ago, I made an argument for expanding the payoffs to eight teams rather than four. While in the midst of that very valid argument, I noted that the only undefeated major college football team, even if the field […]