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Some of you may have wondered whether my cat was walking across the keyboard while I was typing the title of my column, Pecunia Non Olet. It's a Latin phrase that translates into “Money has no smell.” So why have I chosen that as the title of my column?   more
When John and Charles Wesley set foot on American soil for the first time in 1736, they wanted to not only preach to the white congregation of the new Anglican church in the colony of Georgia, but John wanted to evangelize the Indians. more
Life moves on.  I am preparing for surgery Monday that I pray will not be life threatening. I have had a cranial injury and preparation for the surgery has controlled my life that past several days. more
This week has been a really busy week with lots of meetings in my office, as well as many committee meetings and three House floor sessions. more
I’ve always been a western fan (like Cheyenne Bodie, Marshal Matt Dillon, The Virginian to name a few). But watching the black-and-white old Hollywood versions of handsome men on horses shooting revolvers is completely different than the live action of one’s first rodeo.  more
It’s beginning to look at lot like … time to take down all of those Christmas decorations. If you are able to store those Christmas decorations it is time do it. So store them until next year. It will be Christmas again before we know it. more
In honor of Black History Month, here are some significant mission events that happened on these dates in February involving African American Missionaries and Ministers throughout history. These men and women were faithful to fulfill the “Great Commission.” more
I want to thank the bi-partisan Select Committee on Redistricting — especially Chairman Curtis Johnson and Attorney Doug Himes. We had several meetings over the fall and early this year and I feel like we have come up with a very good plan. more
Individualism has its place in life, urging people to be more self-reliant and encouraging many to achieve personal economic success. But one area where individualism needs to be squelched for the collective good is on the roads.   more
Years ago I sat down with some friends and learned how to play the game of Chickenfoot. It is a game played with dominoes.   more
Have you ever dived into one of those popcorn tins—you know the divided ones with different flavors?   Well, I’m one who just can’t seem to help but mix it up. more
Inflation has hit its fastest pace in 40 years, and its future path, as always, is unpredictable. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) clocked in at 7% in December. The CPI is flawed, though an in-depth … more
There are two sides here for me: I don’t want to use dirt roads, but I hate to see houses in the cornfield. I can speak from observation.   more
Since about age 4, I’ve perused bookshelves everywhere I go. Thanks to my family providing me with lots of books, I began reading at a very early age. But I realize the most important resource I have right at my fingertips—The Bible.   more
This week, I would like to go over some interesting facts about the legislature in Tennessee.   more
There is a commercial on television that opens with the line, “Everyone remembers where they were when they first heard they had cancer.” Well, I definitely remember where I was. more
The Legislative Session started back at noon, Tuesday the 11th. This is the second year of the 112th General Assembly and we’ll probably adjourn around the first of May.   more
For 2 years, going on 3 now, we have lived under tremendous stress. We’ve endured lock-downs, job losses, school closings, masks, double masks, vaccine mandates, elderly passing away totally alone and global totalitarianism, just to name a few.   more
January is that time of year that so many people make plans to change their lives, change their habits, change their bodies, and on and on and on the lists go.   more
I have always believed movies and television prepare us for the future in many ways, some of them not very comforting.   Often the truth of the predictions is downright freaky. more
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