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On Doing the Right Thing

June 17, 2018


Not too long ago I read a sweet piece in the WSJ by the distinguished historian David McCullough’s doctor. One quote struck me as so truth-filled that I share it with you. “…things worked out [back then],” McCullough said, “because individuals behaved in certain ways, with integrity and resilience.” I thought, yes, how true. Then […]

Martin Luther and the Storm that Remade the World

May 14, 2018


I encourage you to attend a celebration on Monday, Oct. 30, of the life and times of Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation. The event, at the University of Alabama Moody Music Building, begins with a reception and book exhibit at 5 p.m. and follows with a program at 6 p.m. on “The […]


April 15, 2018


Today Christians celebrate the transcending moment that changed the world forever. I can assure you I am not talking of politicians, ideologies, liberty, diversity, sexual peccadillos, race, gender and other man-driven issues and problems that dog our world. One Sunday, more than two thousand years ago, prophecies from the Old Testament about the coming and […]

Is Bigger Always Better?

April 13, 2018


Maybe, maybe not. I write as a 5’8” male, decidedly short in our world of tall people. Napoleon Bonaparte, however, strode over much of Europe in the early nineteenth century and he was a shrimp. I recently read an article in an online Christian magazine on small versus big churches. What can small churches offer […]

The Internet Church

April 12, 2018


You knew it was coming, right? The Internet covers the whole of life. So why not “The Internet Church?” Outreach Magazine (the online version of course) recently featured the Internet Church, with the thoughtful question: “Is the Internet Church Really the Church?” I hadn’t really thought much about it. If early Christians worshiped in homes […]

Hawaii’s Ambassador to Alabama

January 30, 2018


The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, that “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5: 20). Surprisingly, when I heard UA’s quarterback Tua Tagovailoa respond in the seconds following his touchdown pass that cinched the National Championship for Alabama that he owed everything […]

On the Virtues of Wisdom (or Age)

January 29, 2018


Getting old is not a choice. I suspect all of us would chose to do so, rather than the obvious alternative. Youngsters (those under fifty) really don’t think about it very much. Those in their nineties are grateful they can move. Some, like Pablo Picasso I once read, stayed active until the end, in his […]