Back to Bethlehem

Well, it’s that time of year when the Christmas cliches are taken out of their boxes, dusted off, and put back into circulation. Jesus (not the risen Lord but the less imposing perpetual baby) is brought out for brief appearances in Christmas pageants and plays. Everyone from movie makers to beer companies use His birthContinue reading “Back to Bethlehem”

And That Is What She Did!

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is tomorrow. I can’t think of anything in my life that compares to what we’ve witnessed in the week and a half since her passing. (But then again, I can think of anyone who served in a position for 70 years). The only thing that I thought might come close was inContinue reading “And That Is What She Did!”

911 And Singing On The Steps

For those of you who were around and remember, did your life change significantly because of the events of 911?  Unless you lost a loved one, had someone in the military, or are a first responder, I’m guessing your answer is “no.”  There have been some changes here and there, maybe a greater appreciation of world events,Continue reading “911 And Singing On The Steps”

What Will They Remember About Us?

Anyone who has lived in Arkansas knows who Paul Eells was. Before his death, he was the “voice of the Razorbacks” for almost thirty years, Sports Director at KATV in Little Rock for the same period of time, and Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year eleven times. The Wikipedia page on him probably sums it up best when itContinue reading “What Will They Remember About Us?”

The Death of Despair

After capturing Chattanooga in the spring of 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman pointed his troops toward Atlanta. Joe Johnson and his men met him in the mountains but were badly outnumbered. The fighting was fierce but Johnson’s line held. Then Sherman’s troops flanked Johnson’s on the southern side where the railroad was. Because the supply lines had to beContinue reading “The Death of Despair”

Searching for Pearls

Muhammad Ali is quoted as saying, The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. Getting older doesn’t guarantee wisdom, but it definitely helps! So much of life is learning by doing (from riding a bicycle to parenting). The longer we live and the more weContinue reading “Searching for Pearls”

Pax Romana and the Peace of God

Caesar Augustus was the first emperor of Rome and its ruler when Christ was born (Luke 2:1). One of the challenges he faced when he came to power was the kingdom had been at war for two centuries due to either the expansion of its territories or internally though civil war. The result was a significantContinue reading “Pax Romana and the Peace of God”

Mind the Gap

London’s subway system is usually referred to as the Tube. It’s the oldest underground railway in the world (1863), and second largest in the world, serving 270 stations. The deepest tube is almost two hundred feet below the ground and during WWII, many of the tunnels were used as bomb shelters. There are 422 escalators that move peopleContinue reading “Mind the Gap”

Known but to God

Maude Brown writes that in the spring of 1862, when Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnson led his forces out of Corinth and into Tennessee to launch a sneak attack on Grant’s forces at Shiloh, he had 500 coffins made. The good general was unduly optimistic in regard to the number of casualties his Army ofContinue reading “Known but to God”