The memo and the truth

Partisans tend to read, watch and listen only, or mostly, to information and opinions that reinforce their beliefs. If information surfaces that counters those beliefs, it is usually disparaged, excused or ignored. That’s human nature. Such is the case with the “memo” released Feb. 2 by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee. The […]

Treasured friendship

Perhaps to some, it is an unlikely friendship but to me it is one I treasure. Nothing pleases me more than the moments of conversation I spent with One Arm, who lives up the road a bit. Normally, we stop to talk while I’m running in the mornings but he, I or Tink never pass […]

Ask Father Paul – Does Christianity have three gods?

DEAR FATHER PAUL:  You kindly invite questions from your readers. I enjoyed your good account of the names of God. I wanted to know, please, this: Is the creed of Jesus as affirmed in Mark 12:29 a unitary, monotheistic proposition or a Trinitarian proposition? Anthony DEAR ANTHONY:  Thank you. I regularly get this question from […]

Scarlett’s school house

I’m going to try to give you the history of the current Fayetteville City Hall building site. I’m sure if anyone contacts me because I have an error, I’ll be sure to pass it along. The first school on that very site was in 1855 . The first county school of record was that year, […]

Does your faith make Jesus marvel?

Usually, when the word “marvel” is used in the New Testament, it describes a person’s reaction to seeing God’s supernatural activity. For example, in Luke 24, Peter marveled at the empty tomb. The word means to be astonished or amazed, to have a sense of wonder. Twice, the word is used to describe Jesus’ reaction. […]

Here’s to our civic health

Since 2014, Leadership Fayette’s class project has focused Fayette County’s civic health. The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), an association focused on civic health, defines civic health as “The way that communities are organized to define and address public problems.” They go on to state that, “Communities with strong indicators of civic health have higher […]

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 […]

On alert, unsleeping, a quarter past 3

It’s a quarter past 3 in the morning, outside temperature has dipped to below 30 degrees, and I must stay awake because it’s a matter of life and death. Sounds of the night reach through walls of our home bringing with them a unique picture of the outside world occurring under the cloak of darkness. […]

The right immigration questions

President Donald Trump reportedly asked why the U.S. is “having all these people from s***hole countries come here.” I think he could have used better language, but it’s a question that should be asked and answered. I have a few questions for my fellow Americans to consider. How many Norwegians have illegally entered our nation, […]

Thanks to the farmers

Several years ago when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough interest to propel the book into an auction similar to my first one. At HarperCollins, which is housed in a high rise building near Fifth Avenue, we were shown into […]