You’ve Elected Trump, Now Start Fostering & Adopting


Christian Life, Church Life, Current Events

I didn’t vote for Donald Trump.  We live in a “red” state where the Republican candidate could’ve spared 650,000 third-party votes without affecting the outcome.  We could’ve helped loosen the media’s stranglehold on the two-party system.   And we could’ve helped to field more promising candidates in 2020.  In reality, a vote for Trump in Tennessee was […]

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November 9, 2016

Call Me Jamaal Sigvaldi Falco


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life

In 2013, PFC Bradley Manning was convicted as a national traitor for leaking classified military information.  He faces 35 years in prison.  Or does “he”? It seems Private Manning has declared himself to be Chelsea Manning, his long-time inner and true identity.  After his arrest he released this statement: “As I transition into this next […]

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March 29, 2016

To Know God is to Wrestle with God


Christian Life, Psalms

“O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.  And my soul is greatly dismayed; but You, O Lord—how long?  Return, O Lord, rescue my soul; save me because […]

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February 9, 2016

Should Christians Buy a Powerball Ticket?


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Current Events, Matthew

The current Powerball estimate is over $1 billion and counting.  It’s no wonder a recent article in The Atlantic cited this staggering statistic: “According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lotteries took in $70.1 billion in sales in the 2014 fiscal year. That’s more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, […]

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January 10, 2016

Nine Reasons To Read Obituaries


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life

Like most with gray hair, I spend most mornings reading the newspaper over a cup of coffee.  Yes, an actual newspaper tossed in my driveway.  News I must unwrap, not turn on, scroll through, or scan.  There is something nostalgic about catching up to yesterday’s news, and washing the black residue from your fingertips.  Although, a […]

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December 30, 2015

The Faith That Saves (Part 1)


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, The Gospel

Calvinists and nonCalvinists have fought about the origin of saving faith for centuries.  Calvinists insist God grants saving faith to the elect at the moment of conversion.  NonCalvinists insist God has granted everyone the ability to believe the gospel and must be rightly persuaded.  No one has any ability or everyone has some ability.  Important distinctions, to be sure. But […]

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October 27, 2015