Small Town Southern Man

My father-in-law, Reed Hendrixson, passed away on July 27, 2013. He was 91 years old and died with his overalls on. He had either been working in his garden or was headed that way when his time came.  Reed was a simple man. By that I mean he wasn’t complicated or hard to figure out as a person. IContinue reading “Small Town Southern Man”

Mrs. McArthur and the Power of Encouragement

An old friend passed away not too long ago. She had quite an impact on my life years ago when I first came to know the Lord. I guess she was the closest thing I had to a “mother in the faith.” I was a bit of a stray back then—in college and living withContinue reading “Mrs. McArthur and the Power of Encouragement”

Living with the Blur

God has blessed me with over a half century of life and I’m grateful to Him for that. There are some parts that don’t work as well as they used to, but that’s to be expected. Specifically, I’ve experienced the usual sight issues of people my age who need corrective lenses for both near-sightedness and for reading. SinceContinue reading “Living with the Blur”

Live from Romania

I guess the title of this post would be something along the lines of Random thoughts from Romania. I’ve heard some interesting things the last couple of weeks. I haven’t remembered them all but here are a few that have stuck with me: Speed bumps are referred to as dead policeman. I don’t get the idea they harbor anyContinue reading “Live from Romania”

Learning about Love

Connie is my mother-in-law. She is 95 and has been in the memory loss unit of an assisted living home in Huntsville for a number of years. As with most people with dementia, she has days that are good and days that aren’t. This past Christmas was our turn in “the rotation,” which as anyContinue reading “Learning about Love”

Keeping up the Pursuit

“Tell them the group from Michigan is here and we’re ready to be picked up.” Those are the words of a gentleman from Auburn Hills, Michigan. We met him in the parking lot at Carver’s Gap, which is right on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. You can get on the Appalachian Trail there (which is what weContinue reading “Keeping up the Pursuit”

Bicycles, Lawnmowers and Valentine’s Day

All couples have stories about how they met or the things that brought them together.  Sometimes these accounts are straightforward boy-meets-girl stories. At other times, they seem to indicate that mysterious external forces somehow conspired to bring the couple together. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share a story about how my wifeContinue reading “Bicycles, Lawnmowers and Valentine’s Day”

Back in the USSR

Eugene Peterson wrote a book called A Long Obedience in the Same Direction in 1980 (back before he was Eugene Peterson).  In the book, he essentially lamented what he spoke of as a tourist approach to faith—the tendency to run all over and get a glimpse of everything but really understand nothing. The result was an experience that was a mile long andContinue reading “Back in the USSR”

A Taste of Greece

Here are my top ten impressions of Greece from our trip during the summer of 2011. Needless to say, they are just those of one person, based on anecdotal, non-scientific research, and they cannot be used against me in a court of law. 10. The land is quite picturesque with its rugged hills, small mountains, andContinue reading “A Taste of Greece”