After an election, the airwaves are flooded with post-partum analysis. The great theme of this year’s Wednesday-morning quarterbacking seems to be that the Republican party needs to take a lesson from Chris Christie’s playbook. He’s a Republican governor who won re-election in a landslide in a consistently “Blue State” like New Jersey. [...]
Just over a week ago, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.
It seems there is not a single American without an opinion about the incident, the handling of the case, the legal proceedings, the outcome, and the media’s fixation on this latest cause celebre. I have opinions, too, on [...]
Today I experienced the mountaintop and the valley within seconds of each other.
It started when I saw on Facebook that today is my friend Bob Vradenburgh’s 58th birthday.
I first met Bob, and his twin Bill, in 1978. We worked together at The Chattanooga News-Free Press. I was a freshman, they were seniors.
Bob and Bill were [...]
In the mountains of Brevard, NC, camping out at a school, we have sketchy cell phone signals and limited internet access. It’s Thursday, but I need to update things since my last entry on Monday.
On Tuesday, the highlight for me was to participate in baptizing Kandice. I am sure it is a day she will [...]
God has been dealing with me on some very personal and important issues.
Some of this began yesterday. Pastor Mike Rogers asked anyone who was lost to signify that with a raised hand. One person did so, but did not publicly come forward. At the end of the service, I remarked that if that person, or [...]
We arrived safely yesterday in Brevard, NC for our Church-Wide Mission. We will partner with Dunns Creek Baptist Church here to worship together and do some construction, neighborhood evangelism, and a sports camp for children. I have to say that the trip seemed surprisingly short. That’s probably because it’s less than a quarter of last [...]
One of the most powerful memories of my trip to Uganda occurred near the end of the trip. I had been taken 8.8 kilometers (5.5 miles) through Kyenjojo into the countryside, onto dirt roads through a tea plantation, that became a walking path through the jungle. There I saw the mud house built by Gene, [...]
On my return trip from the SC Renewal Project’s Pastors’ Policy Forum, I spoke to a reporter for Politico. She used a couple of my quotes: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59429.html#comments
I joked with Debi that I was having flashbacks to 2008, driving down the road, talking to a reporter, trying not to say anything to embarrass myself.
I have to say that I was surprised at the SC Renewal Project Pastors’ Policy Briefing. That surprise came courtesy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
I’ve had doubts about Gingrich’s electability, and I think they are legitimate concerns. He has some personal baggage, especially in regard to his three marriages. I think he was out-maneuvered [...]
Debi and I are in Columbia attending the South Carolina Renewal Project. It is a gathering of conservative evangelical pastors and their wives to encourage political involvement. Voting records indicate that the highest voting rate among this bloc is about 50%, and in the last presidential election was around 25%. The general idea is to [...]