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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 …

Crimes of Desperation

One of the more fascinating prayers recorded in the Bible is voiced by a man named Agur, whose prayer is one of the “Proverbs.” He writes: “Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give …

Dear Police Officer

Dear Police Officer, My name is Roger. I am a white 54-year old living with my wife, Joy, in Huntsville, AL. I am a pastor, and I sell stuff online. I have four children and seven grandchildren. A few months back, I was pulled over by a police officer. He gave me a ticket for …

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 hard can it be to install a light fixture?

It was supposed to be easy.  After all, I’ve installed dozens of light fixtures; I can do it in my sleep.  I probably HAVE installed a fixture in my sleep.  Replacing the second bedroom light fixture in my new Huntsville home would be done in minutes, allowing me to get to installing the bedroom flooring. …