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Faith: World may be crazy but God breathtakingly wise

If extraterrestrials were to land in our part of the world seeking intelligent life, I often think they’d return to their mothership reporting that none exists. I do not believe extraterrestrials...

 

Faith: Christmas trees don't have to be perfect to be beautiful

My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an...

 

Faith: Why does God attend worship?

A number of years ago now, I took some of our family 70 miles down the road looking for a little dose of culture. We went to hear the symphony, and, with them, the man who’s arguably the best...

 

Faith: We share similarities, but Father Tim the better pastor

I’ve been enjoying re-reading Jan Karon’s books set in Mitford, North Carolina, centering on the life and ministry of the community’s Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh. I like Father Tim....

 

Faith: God's truth: Love always greater than power

I recently read a well-written obituary by James R. Hagerty in The Wall Street Journal. The story focused on a woman who so loved to be in the spotlight that her former husband — she had four and...

 

Faith: God best defense against spiritual rodents

I like to think of our back yard as a mostly safe, peaceful, and appealing place. Until recently, it was. Oh, there were years when a good-natured Great Dane lived there. It was safe. He was...

 

Faith: Jesus still the best friend any of us have

If I ever write anything wise — you know, the kind of pithy one-sentence bit of proverb-like wisdom that shows up in quotation books and on Internet “great quotes” sites — I hope I can avoid...

 

Faith: Grandparents' home full of joy, memories

If you know me, any of my three brothers, or, heaven help you, all of us, you know that our grandparents’ old place in Robert Lee, Texas, is dear to our hearts. Granddaddy Key built the house in...

 

Faith: In spite of her flaws, I love the church

I love the church. Not just (just?) the church universal, that marvelous, amazing, and miraculous Body of Christ composed of all of God’s children, everyone who ever has or ever will wear...

 

God's manual written to point us to our Savior

I’m considering buying a new weed-eater. It’s an extravagant thought. The old one, older than five of my grandkids, is still working fine but taking longer on first start. My patience is wearing t...

 

God's presence real in prayers both answered and not

One of the finest of many great gifts my mother gave me when I was just a little guy was reading to me. Most of all, she read me Bible stories. Since I wasn’t a declared English major in my...

 

Better not to wallow in drama

Some people live life with their sirens running. They are either creating wrecks, running Code 3 toward emergencies, or chasing ambulances to be sure to have a front-row seat to view the carnage....

 

Mother-in-law was a blessing and will be missed

One of the sweetest and best ladies I’ve ever known, Vernell Cotten Nance, my mother-in-law, just passed away. Maybe this is a good time to reprise this column from August 2012: My mother-in-law...

 

Real grace puts the focus on God

Amazing is exactly what real grace always is. On the other hand, the many counterfeits are pretty much what we should expect — “do-it-yourself” schemes focused on our power to occasionally...

 

Salvation by law no salvation at all

God’s grace is wonderful. But if we think grace is easy, we need to think some more. One of Jesus’ most famous stories was told in response to a religious lawyer’s question: “Teacher, who is...

 

The spokes of a wheel are nearest at the axle

My favorite columnist, Charles Krauthammer, passed away in June. When I (very often) miss his wit, wisdom, common sense, and uncommon command of the English language, I pull out his book, “Things...

 

Time waiting can be as important as time doing

What are you waiting for? The truth is that most of us spend the vast majority of our lives waiting for something. Maybe it’s a birthday. A vacation. A holiday. A graduation. A wedding. An...

 

Whatever God's name, his emphasis is on love

A good commercial can be a lot of fun. I’m thinking about the TV sort. You know — cave men, lizards with British accents. That sort of thing. But I am full to overflowing (yea, verily, to nausea)...

 

We're bound to bump into logical fallacies

I don’t have a clue what the rules are now at most universities regarding graduate/teaching assistants. I do know that when I was working on a master’s degree and serving in that capacity, teachin...

 

Words can sting, delight, fly to heights of beauty

Thingamajig. Doohickey. Dillybob. Whatsit. Those are, of course, all words we use to refer to things for which we are unsure of the actual word, if there is one, for the thingamajig in question....

 

'Trendy,' by its very nature, never lasts

“Trendy” never lasts. Whether you’re talking about clothing and hair styles, the latest instructional “cure-all” in education, technological whiz-bang devices, automobiles (think Pacers and...

 

A home renovation is easier than a soul upgrade

It was a joy last week to finally come out of the closet. Well, perhaps I’d better rephrase that lest you get the wrong idea. And, to be completely accurate, I probably should say “out of the clos...

 

Strong faith doesn't grow in a heartbeat

If God exists and is all-powerful and all-loving, why does he allow suffering in the world he created? Life’s biggest questions, the ones that truly matter, can be condensed into a few that can be c...

 

God chuckles and says, "Time for bed, child"

When I learned that CBS’ 60 Minutes news program was doing a story on sleep, I was interested. Sleeping is one thing I’ve always been very good at. But if anyone has pointers to help my technique...

 

Some advice: Take a break before you react

I’ve been enjoying reading a fine book by Alan Jacobs, a professor in the honors program at Baylor University. When I tell you the title of the book, you’ll likely smile and tell me that, obviousl...

 

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