The Fool Hath Said...

A recent study of Psalm 14 just ran headlong into current events. You may have heard that a purported comedienne made an interesting comment in her acceptance speech for an entertainment industry award show (one of their many exercises in rotator-cuff damaging self-celebration). She made fun of people who thank God for their awards and then issued a common and profane challenge to the Lord. Published reports say that she said something on the order of "This award is my god now."

It Is Not Like It Used To Be

As I write this article late in the evening of September 11, 2007, I cannot imagine anyone not remembering where they were and what they were doing this day six years ago. We were about the business of living our lives and then things changed. People who think seriously about life will never be the same.

The Problem with Prosperity

I am thankful, as I suppose we all are, that we live in prosperous times. We all think that things could be better. But all in all, most folks are comfortable. As a characteristic of our affluence we are well able to help those who are in need, as indeed we should.

the Process of Being

Human existence is a process, not a state. We do not stand still, ever. From the time of our conception we move through time. Things may seem to be the same, but they are not. Every day is different and we are a bit different every day.

Truth, Lies, and Freedom

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). Jesus said it and most have heard it in one way or the other. Still, I think it might be helpful to consider these words once more.

Few There Be...

As our local folks know, a referendum was held Tuesday on the question of continued legal alcohol sales in our city. The outcome was no surprise to me, nor was the margin of defeat. Folks are folks, and most folks like to do just exactly what they want to do. In this case, most folks in Athens want to be able to buy alcohol right here. So, the way our system works, they shall be able to continue to do just that.

The Magic Elixir

According to what I read lately, Solomon was just dead wrong when he said, "Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whosoever is led astray by it is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1). The wisest man then alive was evidently wrong again when he wrote these words:

2007 Guyana Mission Trip

Our group of twelve Christians from West Hobbs Street returned home form Guyana Monday night, July 30. Making this trip were Nancy Norman, Brent and Billy Peek, Larry and Sue Thornton, Phillip and Karen Ferguson, Jeremy and Beth Braman, Bill and Ginger Irby, and Archie Barnett. As has always been the case with our folks from Hobbs Street, everyone did a great job and the spirit of cooperation was absolutely wonderful.

The Permanence of the Spiritual

In last week's article we discussed the duality of human existence from the perspective of 2 Corinthians 5:1. People are not just one thing, body or spirit. While we are here we are both. Our bodies are but tents to be replaced one day by the resurrection body (see 1 Corinthians 15 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:8).

What Do You See?

"For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2 Corinthians 5:1 NKJV). Bible students know that Paul wrote these words to help the Corinthian brothers and sisters understand that our physical existence is temporary. Not only so, but that our time here in these tents is but prelude to a greater and permanent phase of existence.