Browsing All Posts filed under »Matters of Faith, or It's Faith that Matters«

God, Friends, Sustained Us After the Fire

July 5, 2017


I loved the template reason on the shipping notice I received not too long ago. I forget if it came from Fedex or UPS, but it was just their normal way of inserting a reason for not delivering a package. Our home was a charred wreck, destroyed by a fire on the morning of Jan. […]

What Are You Made of?

November 5, 2016


We all know that little boys are made of “snips and snails and puppy dog tails,” while little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice.” In today’s progressive, politically correct world those stereotypes are of course sexist, demeaning, and probably misogynist as well. How dare we characterize male and females so differently? […]

Repent! Jesus is Coming!

October 15, 2016


If you drive through Cottondale, as I do on occasional trips to Birmingham, there is a guy standing by the side of the road with his sign, “Repent!” And I think it adds, “Jesus is Coming,” or “The End is Near” or something along those lines. I guess the range of reactions is from “that […]

You Reap What You Sow

July 23, 2016


An AP headline in Saturday’s Tuscaloosa News, July 9, screamed in huge letters IS THIS REALLY US? In the old days of yellow journalism, the letters would have been not only big, but also in bold yellow letters to make sure no one missed the point, and, of course, bought the newspaper. The answer to […]

The Proverbial Janitor in the Girls’ Dorm

May 28, 2016


I will no doubt offend many with this column, so just line up. A few days ago I received an invitation to a “live webinar” dealing with “campus facilities and transgender students: creating save and welcoming spaces on your campus.” The invitation came from AudioSolutionz LLC, in Durham, N.C. Since Duke is in Durham, and […]

The Cultural Captivity of the Bible

April 10, 2016


While listening to my daily audio Bible reading the other day, my online reader was working his way through Deuteronomy and I perked up. Deuteronomy was fascinating after the dry as dirt readings through Numbers and Leviticus. Those books are bogged down with detailed instructions to how to build the Ark of the Covenant and […]

Why Nobody Likes a Prophet: Bartolomé de las Casas

January 18, 2016


Article, “Why Nobody Likes a Prophet: Bartolomé de las Casas, a Loud Voice in the Wilderness,” in Taylor & Frances Online, in online journal Cogent Arts & Humanities, vol. 3, issue 1, 2016. Abstract This essay focuses on and analyzes the role of prophet that Bartolomé de las Casas (1485–1566) lived out in the conquest […]