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Author Michael Helms

Michael Helms is pastor of First Baptist Church in Jefferson, Georgia.

The prophet Hosea boldly told the people of his day that God was tired of being placated by their symbolic measures of worship. Instead he told them, “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6). Hosea’s words are needed today, […] Read More

I don’t like to lose. I don’t know anyone who does. I especially don’t like to lose to braggarts. There’s one sure way to shut up a braggart and that’s to beat one. Maybe that’s why I’ve always liked the story of David and Goliath. It’s hard to brag when you lose your head. While […] Read More

My father-in-law, as a master gardener, has a close connection to the earth. He has enriched his garden through the years with hundreds of loads of pecan hulls from the local pecan company. Because the earth gives back so freely and because he believes it’s a biblical principle, every seventh year he gives the land […] Read More

All religions attempt to make sense of death. Death is an enemy, the ultimate enemy. It represents an exit from what we know into what we don’t know. While our religion has some effect on how we grieve, grief is a universal response to loss. Everyone grieves. It’s our rituals and customs that vary and […] Read More

The University of Georgia’s football coach, Mark Richt, was praised recently for his ethics and integrity. The USA Today article written by Dan Wolken cited Richt as being among the best in college football in these areas, but pointed out that seven colleges within a 350-mile radius of Athens have won a combined 14 national […] Read More

I passed a man enjoying some shade under the pecan trees of our church parking lot on my way home for lunch last week. The door of his car was open and he looked to be relaxing and doing some reading. I almost walked by but then I stopped and spoke with him, as I […] Read More

My wife and I have had our insurance with the same company for 30 years. My parents have had their insurance with the same company for 50 years. We are loyal customers. We don’t compare prices. We are satisfied with our service. I have had my phone service with the same company ever since I […] Read More

One thing all pages of books and computer word processing programs have in common is the use of margins. Have you ever wondered, “Why have margins? Couldn’t you get more words on the pages without them?” Just think of how many pages you could cut out of a book. I suppose you could cut out […] Read More

Think back to April 19, 2013. An entire region in Boston was frozen in place as police combed the area for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsamaev. Logan International Airport was open, but nothing else moved. The transit system, schools, businesses, airspace over the city, the Red Sox game, all closed or postponed. People remained in […] Read More

There are people who have devoted serious careers to the study of humor, and many, if not most, are not very funny. They are like me–they are not the life of the party, but they love to laugh. They are also interested in the psychology, sociology and physiology of the humorous event. Writing about humor […] Read More