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Self-Centeredness

After last Easter, I decided it was time to go back and read through some of the biblical texts that I seldom visit. Since I have read through Genesis on numerous occasions, I started with Exodus whose narrative format makes it an easy read. I quickly read through this book, but then I came to […] Read More

When I say “the way up is down,” I do not mean to infer this as a strategy for personal success, honor or reward. When the disciples were caught arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of God, Jesus rebuked them and said, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of […] Read More

The new spirituality collapses the space between football and faith, according to Ray Waddle, the former religion editor at the Tennessean, who still contributes two columns each month to the paper. Ray and I arrived in Nashville about the same time – only a few months apart in the mid-1980s. Ray is as insightful now […] Read More

In “The Last Battle,” the final volume of “The Chronicles of Narnia,” there is a delightful scene toward the end of the story. A group of dwarfs sits huddled together in a tight little knot thinking they are in a pitch black, smelly hole of a stable when in reality they are out in the […] Read More

I once had a visit from a man who told me his wife was leaving him, but he didn’t know why. I didn’t know why either. He was good-looking, successful, a regular churchgoer who appeared to be devoted to his wife and children. But now she was leaving him, and he wanted to know why. “Tell […] Read More