About COVID Weariness…

About COVID Weariness…

This is my column in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Saturday, August 7, 2021.  I discuss the issue of Christians not getting a COVID vaccination. The pandemic has had a surprising side effect.  It is an x-ray.  COVID-19 has illuminated our culture like a...
Not taught in seminary…

Not taught in seminary…

On Monday a church member called me because her daughter has a problem:  she has rescued dozens of animals and needs to cut hay for them.  But the hay cutter arrived unassembled.  So I arrive with my toolbox and get to to work.  You never know what this job will bring...

The Jig was Up

For years we would drive past that spot only to discover that our handiwork was still evident. Did anyone else wonder why the blue spruce near the National Forest sign had the top six feet cut off of it? One Christmas when I was a child, I came home from school and...

Safety Nets

The gospel we proclaim does not promise a lot of immediate benefit. As a matter of fact, we are inviting people to follow someone who was brutally tortured and publicly executed. Yet there are tremendous benefits to this new life, both now and forever. It is essential...

Midazalom®

According to a recent update from deathpenaltyinfo.org, “Governor Asa Hutchinson sets dates for eight executions. The Arkansas Supreme Court imposes a stay on executions while evaluating the constitutionality of the 2013 secrecy law.” On Monday evening, November 25,...

Completely Weird

A friend I’ve mentioned in this column sells life insurance. He was ordained on-line. Last year he did more weddings than I did. It can be hard to find firm footing in a world where the religious landscape is changing so rapidly. I have a friend who is a Dudeist...