Roger Martin

My name is Roger Martin, Jr., and I’m a rambling man if there ever was one. I’ve lived in 17 different houses in 13 different cities in 8 different states. I am a father, a roofer, a teacher, a reader, an husband, a Jesus-follower, a carpenter, a thinker, and a lifetime member of "Sinners Anonymous." I love my family, Taco Bell, music, New England, God, Dr. Pepper, Ethiopia, games, driving, a great question and anything outdoors. For better or worse, I almost always have something to say. Like I said; I’m a ramblin’ man.

Can We Ever Love Our Country Too Much?

  Our current national debate about Colin Kaepernick and how to honor the American flag and country raises a vital question: Is it possible to love our country too much?   Jesus said some outlandish things.  Here is one of them.   “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy …

Until All the Bad Guys are Gone

  Thomas Jefferson. Robert E. Lee.  Thomas Yawkey.   They have all been in the news this last week.  Jefferson, the slave owner. Yawkey, the Red Sox baseball owner who adamantly resisted integration.  Lee, a general in the Confederate army.  Racists. Bad guys.   The proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee was …

What’s Wrong with the Social Gospel?

What’s wrong with the social gospel is the implication that you can have a gospel that is not social.

WWJD: Who Would Jesus Deport?

  I was never a big fan of the WWJD phenomenon.  You know, the one that had people sporting bracelets and bumper stickers and socks and hats with WWJD emblazoned on them.  What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?  Now I love Jesus, trust him completely, and seek to follow his way and wisdom.  It was the …

Philando Castile and the Things We White People Say

  A police revolver rings out.  Several times.  Another black man in America bleeds out.  Most all agree that these killings are a terrible tragedy.  And we–my white brothers and sisters and I–wanting to be helpful, offer our counsel.  These deaths could be prevented.  The story can end up differently. If only the black man …

The Reason Memaw Entered Heaven…and Others Don’t

  [I dedicate this blog to Memaw—my dear mother-in-law—who died 366 days ago and who would have celebrated her 94th birthday today.]   Memaw entered heaven.  Others won’t.   Why not?  Simple.  They don’t want to.   So why does that idea sound so odd? Because it does not square with a narrative of heaven …

Those Lazy Mexicans

  It was a conversation about a storm…that created a storm.  “Hey, Roger, did you hear about that storm Saturday?”  Well, no.  We were out of town.  “You should have seen it.  There were limbs down everywhere.  There was a big one down the street.  Those lazy Mexicans didn’t even bother to clean it up.” …

Kathy Griffin and the Power of Labels

    Labels.   Liberal left. Far right. Fundamentalists. Feminists. Republicans. Democrats. Environmentalists. Illegals. Conservatives.  Blacks. Whites. Calvinists. Charismatics.  Abortionists. Creationists. Evolutionists. Gays.  Christians. Rappers.  Millennials.  Boomers.  Legalists.  Atheists. Muslims.   Labels.  That’s all they are.  Just identifiers.  Markers.  Definers.  Nothing more.   Jesus was having a dinner party with some friends of a friend.  …

A Ramblin Man Moves On

  I entered the blogosphere as a ramblin man, framing myself as the guy who had managed to live in almost 20 places in his lifetime and always had something to say. Ramblin from place to place.  Ramblin thoughts.  A ramblin man.  Clever, I thought.  I would share various ramblin thoughts on a blog by the …

Should I feast or should I fast?

One child dies every 10-15 seconds due to hunger-related causes, and 870 million people were suffering from malnutrition in 2012. (Source: worldhunger.org) Within a few miles of my home in Huntsville, AL are dozens of restaurant buffets where I can eat any amount I want. If I skipped a buffet meal and gave the $10 …