We remembered lately the story of brave soldiers who found themselves at the Alamo in San Antonio. They’d faced heavy opposition for 12 days in 1836. Then on March 6 it was over in a few minutes. Texians repelled the attack twice, but not the third time. Forces under dictator Gen. de Santa A…

The Apostle Paul’s familiar exhortation to “greet one another with a holy kiss” reflects a customary mid-Eastern and first century greeting (Romans 16:16). Those from other nations yet greet one another in this way. We’ve seen European leaders welcoming our presidents at summits with a kiss …

At Easter, we focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and rightly so. It is well-documented in Scripture that our Christian faith stands or falls on Christ’s bodily resurrection. It also offers us great comfort, knowing that His resurrection was the first-fruits of those who follow Him — …

Working at a church is both humbling and horrifying. You get the joy of being a part of God’s ongoing mission and watching lives be transformed by the Holy Spirit each day. I often stand in awe of why God would choose someone like me to carry forth His Word. When I look around, I see many ar…

It was a brand-new request for me. A friend said he needed someone to sit with him and his wife and their two lawyers and try to negotiate a way forward with some sincere give and take. I immediately thought of two images of myself. One was faithful Daniel in the den of lions, and the other …

A lady remarked a few months ago how much she enjoyed the pastor’s good humor in the pulpit. I remembered how someone else in a different place responded to a worship survey: “The pulpit is no place for levity. The pastor should refrain from joking.” 

Years ago when home visits were more common, I remember countless visits for the church when I competed with blaring televisions. One training program many of us took in the day suggested trying to sit between the  person and the television, or saying, “I’m interrupting your program — can I …

It was so long ago that the principal at the elementary school greeted us at a school program and said, “This is the class of 2000!” All us parents laughed, not having thought of what lay in store 12 years ahead. The graduation year came and went without major incident, despite the Y2K fears…

Too many people think Jesus is a rabbit’s foot or a four leaf clover. They neglect Him often but pull Him out when they need something. Both the politician around election time and the agnostic with a sick family member personify this stereotype. I have heard preachers say that for many Amer…

I was a boy in suburban Birmingham when a man pounded on our door one night. We came to learn he was drunk and believed our house was his house. My dad was working overtime in the nearby steel mill, so I was the man of the house. My mother and sister were terrified. The man wouldn’t listen t…