Three Things

What makes you happy in life?  Not just ‘crack-a-smile’ happy.  What makes you truly, deeply, fully happy and satisfied?  Scottish writer Alexander Chalmers once made the claim that “a person only needs 3 things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”  Chalmers made this… [Read More]

Purpose Sunday

Another year is coming to an end, and as we look back we can say that the Lord has richly blessed us, some more than others.  As a country, we have had a few years of economic prosperity, and conditions look much better than they did five or six years ago.  Of course, some of… [Read More]

At the Fall of the Leaf

Alabama is beautiful this time of the year.  Autumn is winding down, and we might have one or two more weeks of beautiful fall foliage—those reds, yellows, and browns.  The earth has shifted on its axis like a person turning in his sleep to avoid the daylight creeping through his window, and we breathe a… [Read More]

Staying Positive

Kevin Durant has made the news again.  The reigning MVP of the National Basketball Association has been sidelined for first 6 – 8 weeks of this season as he recovers from foot surgery.  During those 6 – 8 weeks, Durant will miss anywhere from 20-25 games.  He has only missed 16 games throughout his entire… [Read More]

The Bible, Hell and Homosexuality

Last week Time ran an article by John Shore entitled, “What Christianity without Hell Looks Like.”  The first line reads, “The idea that the Bible declares hell a real and literal place is no more valid than the toxic lie that the Bible condemns homosexuality.” Hell is clearly revealed to be an eternal place of punishment… [Read More]

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]