I Choose the Latter

“Life is 10% circumstance and 90% attitude.”  Chances are you have heard this old adage a thousand times over.  Maybe you’ve seen a cheesy poster of an airplane flying through a bright blue sky with the words “Attitude determines altitude” displayed in the clouds.  These phrases might be tired, old and cliché, but they still… [Read More]

All Scripture

Paul said, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  This means all sixty-six books of the Bible are inspired.  If they are inspired, we must read… [Read More]

The Church of Love

Reviving Our Love for God was the theme of our men’s retreat at Camp Skyline in Mentone, AL last weekend.  Chris Presnell (the minister of the Flint Church of Christ in Decatur, AL) joined us for the weekend and led us in four thought-provoking sessions of Bible study.  We covered a lot of ground during… [Read More]

The Mother Lode of Bad Ideas

This past week, a debate from a cable talk show managed to trickle into the headlines.  It involved Ben Affleck (I wouldn’t blame you if you stopped reading here), Bill Maher, Sam Harris, Nicholas Kristof, and Michael Steele.  The debate took place on Maher’s HBO television show. The controversy is over Maher and Harris’s criticism… [Read More]

Bad Decision

2003 was one of the most impressive draft classes of recent NBA history.  Whether or not you would call yourself a fan of the NBA, you are most likely familiar with names such as Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and DeWayne Wade (all members of the 2003 draft class).  You are most likely not… [Read More]

Strength in Numbers?

You have heard it said that there is strength in numbers.  A brief history of the church at Philippi challenges this old axiom. Philippi was Paul and Silas’s first stop on the European continent.  Paul’s usual practice when coming to a new place was to locate the synagogue and begin preaching Jesus as the Christ… [Read More]

Reach Out

Nature is one of the greatest teachers.  This prompted David to say, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Ps. 19:1-2).  And again, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon… [Read More]

Denominational

Ironically, “denominational” is a word that is more likely to be used in non-denominational churches than in denominational churches.  Its root has to do with division and so it means “that which is divided from the rest of Christianity by name, teaching, or practice.”  Although this is the meaning of the word, it is used… [Read More]

Hobbies and Idols

September in Alabama means two things: 1) Roll Tide & 2) War Eagle (not necessarily in that order – calm down Auburn faithful).  Literally millions of players, coaches, fans, and broadcasters from little league all the way up to the pros will be glued to the gridiron for the next few months.  We love our… [Read More]

The Divine Healer

You may have noticed that we’ve been praying for our sick.  That’s nothing new.  We always pray for the sick.  Every bulletin and email update has a prayer list.  We mention the sick at every service.  They are in our personal prayers at home.  A prayer for the sick is both a compassionate appeal and… [Read More]