Conference leaders brought CDs, books and curriculum materials for the “free” table at our denominational retreat center last month. A lady I’d not met and I found ourselves looking at a book with an interesting title: “How To Ruin Your Life.” She said to me what I was thinking, “I don’t nee…

The Samaritans were the “untouchables” of the first century. They shared Jewish ancestry, but their lineage was changed through intermarriage with Canaanites and pagans. A Samaritan woman was surprised when Jesus conversed with her since “Jews have no dealings with Samaritans” (John 4: 9). I…

Years ago students had to relocate to attend theological seminary. I often joke that when I was young, we had seminaries to attend, not just click on! The rise of internet study has dramatically changed modern education. Nevertheless,  my new bride and I packed up and moved to Louisville, ou…

I'll never forget the family I met at a neighboring church years ago while leading a Bible study. They were happy in their church, I thought, but several years later they presented themselves for membership in our church. The interesting thing is that there was another church in between, so …

Acting on the exhortation of Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:4-5, the Church at Corinth disciplined a member for unbecoming behavior. The erring brother seemingly repented between Paul writing 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians. The church, like any individual, struggled with the ability to forgive him…

Gabriel Byrne portrayed Dr. Paul Weston, a therapist on the TV program “In Treatment.” I caught a few episodes several years ago when our cable company gave a preview, and later rented the series. I watched in rapt attention as Dr. Weston probed the issues and brought about breakthroughs for…

The Mount Canaan Missionary Baptist Church family will honor Pastor Horace L. Patterson Sr. and First Lady Dr. Dolia M. Patterson for 45 years of service on Sunday, July 14, at 2:30 p.m. The theme is: “And I will Give you Pastors According to Mine Heart, Which Shall Feed you With Knowledge a…

I accepted a lunch invitation from a community organization and was happy to meet some new businessmen and women in the area. The day’s speaker was interesting and fun and most of us learned some new things, except several gentlemen at our table. They not only stayed on their cellphones thro…