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.

What’s Wrong with the World

Trolling my Astrovan’s radio dial for classic rock on a recent drive, I happened across two voices.  It was talk radio.  I immediately picked up the voice of a caller who spoke fluent Christianese.  What was wrong with the world, at least for that hour’s discussion purposes, was single moms whose families were supported by …

You Matter

So, when a man who’s spent his share of time in homeless camps breathes his last, where do you have the memorial service?  At the local soup kitchen he loved, of course.   That is how I ended up on a Sunday afternoon at the Rose of Sharon soup kitchen/thrift store, celebrating the life and …

Valentines that Never Came

Janis Ian’s 1975 song, “At Seventeen,” still runs through my head sometimes   “To those of us who knew the pain Of valentines that never came, And those whose names were never called When choosing sides for basketball. It was long ago and far away; The world was younger than today, And dreams were all …

Irreconcilable Differences

When I married Joy on a sweltering hot July day in the 1980’s, I could never have imagined how irreconcilably different we were. I just knew she was gorgeous and she liked me.   At a recent marriage retreat we attended, participants were asked to fill 4-6 lines with the areas where they were significantly …

Ten Commandments: God’s and Mine

If I was God and I was going to give the world “Ten Commandments” for life, they might look like this:   1. Thou shall not drive UNDER the speed limit. 2. Thou shall not enter the express checkout lane with 32 items. 3. Thou shall not write, sing, play, or even contemplate country music. …

The Marriage Proposal

It was that wonderful everyday college romance story…with a very unexpected twist.   You know the basic story.  A guy and a girl meet on a college campus and become friends.  In chatting and hanging out together, a little spark develops, and the friendship takes a fun new turn.  It goes by different names, like …

Lance Armstrong: Monster or Hero?

The courtroom is America.  The defendant is Lance Armstrong.  The question: Is Lance Armstrong a monster or a hero?  Let the discussion begin.   Sitting on one side of the courtroom, we have the “monster” Armstrong apologists. This sizable group unloads reams of evidence with passion.   * He defamed people, calling them—or framing them …

Lance, Lies, and Cycle-gate

Recently, I tried my hand at creating a “top ten” list, but the first and most famous “top ten” list was crafted by God.  I hoped to get a few laughs from my “top ten,” but God hoped to save us from a helluva lot of heartache and trouble.  It is precisely why this command …

But I thought for sure I was right!

“The Beatles have no future in show business… Groups are out; four-piece groups with guitars, particularly, are finished.” (Dick Rowe, Decca Records executive, 1962, speaking of the Beatles) “I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.” (Edward J. Smith, Captain of the Titanic)   “Futurists…are sure …

How to buy a house for under $10,000

Let me give you a few key tips for buying a house for under $10,000:   1.  Look for a real estate agent who does side work as a comedian. That is the only place where he/she will make money from your home sale.   2.  Start selling furniture in your current house that will …