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We are all going to die. Yeah, I know, what a great way to start a column. But the truth is we are. And when it happens to me, I don’t want it to be because of the stupidity of someone … more
There’s a story told about President Franklin Roosevelt, who so often had to endure long receiving lines at the White House. He said that no one really paid any attention to what he even … more
“America isn’t easy.” That’s not a quote original to me. It was said by Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd in the movie “The American President”. … more
In one of my favorite Gospel accounts concerning the Kingdom of God, Jesus talked about the importance of ‘All of Us’ taking care of one another. In the 25th chapter of the Gospel of … more
I find myself in a situation I never thought I would have to deal with again. At almost 66 years of age, it is time for me to wade back into the dating pool. My relationship of more than 25 … more
How about taking some time for a little humor. After all, Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” I don’t want any … more
Options are always good, but I for one am being overwhelmed by choices. In the past couple of months my trips to the grocery store have increased dramatically. I have to admit I am dazzled at … more
I saw a sign one time that read, “Do Not Judge Others Just Because They Sin Differently Than You.” There are signs, billboards, and all sorts of advertisements where ever we go … more
“Oh, what a world! What a world! The sentiment was part of the death speech of The Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz”. We all might be prompted to echo her … more
As part of my exciting New Year’s Eve, I drove my mother around the square to look at the lights at night. If you didn’t make a similar trip during this past holiday season you missed an … more
Ever since 2008 I have had the privilege of serving as a United Methodist pastor. During my time of service the congregations and I worshipped together, and we praised the Lord together. We … more
2023 could be one of Shelbyville’s best years. Or it could turn out not so well. What we see by next New Year’s will depend on cooperation, ambition, and a forward-thinking … more
Well, here it is! The last Saturday of 2022. And it’s my last Musings and Memories column of the year. Hopefully, I will have a brand new column for the first Saturday of 2023. Oh, … more
The other day a well-meaning person asked me if I was looking forward to the end of 2022. Two deaths, one my father and the other my girlfriend of 25 years. Three surgeries of my own, including … more
According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, 94% of incarcerated people in Tennessee will be released in three years. Lt. Chris Cook, programs director at the Bedford County Jail, asked a … more
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas weekend! As I look at my live Christmas tree…well at least it was alive at one time… I have made a major decision. I am switching to an … more
On this Christmas weekend, I want to share the true Christmas Story with you from the Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John. This, of course, is The Greatest Story Ever Told. Luke 2:4-20: 4 And … more
In the rough mountainous regions of the Western United States, there’s a tree known as the Bristlecone Pine. These pine trees’ Latin name is Pinus longaeva, or ‘long-lived … more
I never thought I would say I was ashamed of being part of the media, but I am. I have been paid to write for public consumption since I was 17 years old. I have always enjoyed the field I … more
I want to invite you to join me on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. for a Candlelight Communion Service at Cannon Methodist Church. We will rejoice together as we celebrate the Birth of Christ through … more
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