‘Mark My Words’ – Part I

From time to time, as my writing career grew, Mama would say, “I built you, little girl. Don’t ever forget that.” She’d say it with a smile and twinkle in her eye and full sincerity in her voice. The truth is that she pretty much did. She didn’t write the words, she didn’t drive the […]

Please pray for your pastors

On one occasion (Mark 9:14-29), nine of Jesus’ disciples were approached by a father requesting they cast a demon out of his son. Jesus and the other three were on the mountaintop experiencing the transfiguration while the remaining nine were left behind. Although they were authorizied and empowered to preach (Mark 3:14-15; 6:7, 13), heal […]

Politically correct PTC house colors

The City Council of Peachtree City will consider an astonishing agenda item for this Thursday night. The city wants to tell you what color you can and cannot paint your own home. Here’s the pertinent part of the proposed ordinance that will apply to all residential zones inside the city limits and to all homes […]

Confessions of a pacifist, part 5

[Continued from last week.] In 1989 I became a law enforcement chaplain for a local police department. I rode with officers and began to get a grasp on the world of the police. One of the discoveries was that there are three population groups: (1) Normal, everyday people who occupy the streets during working hours. […]

What not to wear

By the time you read this column, The Wife and I are about to land in France. Soon, she will be enjoying our once in a lifetime vacation. I should be, too, if they let me through customs and into the country. Seems those nice folks over there have some rather high standards. Two weeks […]

Does the Pope believe in Hell?

“Pope Declares No Hell?” So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are they punished?” Bad souls “are not punished,” Pope Francis is quoted, “those who do […]

‘Gentle parenting’ meets reality

By John Rosemond Upon arrival on-site for a recent speaking engagement, I am told that several rather vocal parents refused to attend because I am not an advocate of “gentle parenting.” That implies that I proselytize for “rough” or “harsh” parenting, which I do not, and be assured dear reader, at this stage of my […]

Charm of a graveled road

Several years before Tink and I married, I built a house that, eventually, would become our home together. This French Country cottage suits us very well other than closet space for Tink has been modest and challenging. We solved that by tossing or giving away the ugly shirts and keeping only the handsome ones. We […]

The Fayetteville Square

Having lived in Fayette County and specifically in Fayetteville for 52 years, I have surely seen quite a number of changes around the city square. I have bought groceries at McElwany’s store now occupied by Bidez Photography, eaten at a tiny restaurant now occupied by a real estate office and purchased birthday gifts at a […]

Keeping Holy Week holy

Yes, it’s Holy Week. Come with me and I’ll show you how to keep it Holy. Thursday night is Maundy Thursday. Here at Prince of Peace we will gather for a very special Service of Holy Communion at 8:00 p.m. It is “very special” because we will remember specifically that it was on “this night” […]