When I was in school, everybody had to join something or be an outsider. If you were a part of 4-H, Glee Club, Latin Club, Varsity Letter, the band or even the Leave it to Beaver Fan Club, you were acceptable. This was not written in stone, but attendance was the measure of success. But let's be honest with ourselves. There were always a large group of students who, as hard as they tried, never seemed - at least if we recognize some pretty acceptable studies - that the facts indicate many people have yet to realize what salvation means. The ...
Pine Shores Presbyterian Church has asked me to teach a class for the next month and a half leading up to Palm Sunday. It's pretty exciting to teach Sunday school again, so I'll give you a preview of what will happen. I call the subject, "The Inevitability of the Cross." I had asked the question about some alternative solution to the problem of temple sacrifice as well as the overwhelming difficulty of the holiness code in Leviticus, which attempted to teach those ancient people how to be perfect and acceptable to God. This was not an easy task ...
Socrates said, "Know yourself."
"It was a dark and stormy night," goes the novel noir, and boy, was it one like that early last Sunday morning! There was a 70 percent rain chance for the weekend, but no one predicted what was about to happen down here. I personally love a good rainstorm. Around 3 a.m., I was awakened by rain pounding on the window of our bedroom. No big deal, so I turned over and began to drift off with thought of sailing in the Gulf or being in a cave in some dangerous jungle. You have your dreams, and I'll ...
You may or may not remember the advertising mogul Ted Turner - or you might notice as you watch those great old movies on his TV channel and say, "Oh, that Ted Turner." Anyway, he made a speech one day where he is quoted, "The Ten Commandments are obsolete and I have written my own, which are up-to-date for the modern man." I don't know if he carved them on stone or posted them on one of his billboards, but the man has never lost his modesty.
I love animals.
Economics seem to be running the country today - along with ISIS - and there is a greater separation between the haves and the have nots. I always go back to my Bible for most every answer and, by George, the Bible has the answer even if it takes some work to discover it. There is a great parable - in fact, most of the familiar ones are found in Luke - and Jesus did not drop this teaching story out to confuse His listeners or us readers who are removed some two thousand years from the source. Let's see what He had ...
Why is it important to support rural Georgia? Our neighbors in the state's small communities are suffering. Median household income keeps falling and concentrated poverty is rising. Employment is down and job opportunities are drying up. Despite the Affordable Care Act, many must drive more than 50 miles to see a physician. Bright young people are leaving for the lure of big cities.
I will assume that most everyone who calls himself Christian has a Bible and reads it occasionally. I also believe that most have a certain idea of how their Bible should be read: liberal, conservative, fundamental, traditional, scholarly, etc. Most of us would call our Bible the Authority or the Word of God, but how it is understood - depending upon the reader - can and has been problematic at best. Where do I begin?
Parousia, eschatology, antinomianism, deontology, existentialism ... a lot of words that probably don't mean diddly - a technical term - to most of us. Now, if we can understand one another, then we've got something going, but if not, then we have big trouble.
Mankind has always been interested - even fascinated - with the possibility of speaking with the dead, even by occult means. This interest is not tolerated in scripture: In fact, the practices of sorcery and witchcraft are condemned because they traffic in the forces of spiritual evil, turning people away from God.
Q: My just-turned 3-year-old daughter has started biting other children in her preschool program. I put her in for three mornings a week thinking she could benefit from a group social experience, but it seems to be backfiring. She bites some other child - the same one, usually - almost every day. When it happens, her teacher separates her from the group, tries to calm her down, and talks to her about what she should have done instead of biting. That's obviously not working, and now the director is getting pressure from other parents to expel her.
Some days - days when I know I will be home, days when I will not be driving - I don't wear my contact lenses.
Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at how hard currency was introduced in Georgia and Bulloch County.
Though we were treated to a hint of cooler weather last month, temperatures climbed in recent weeks just to keep us guessing here in south Georgia. Nothing like fall in the Boro!