Since the serpent, Satan, lied to Eve about the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:4-5), mankind has played fast and loose with the truth. But as Sir Walter Scott once so eloquently stated, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."
One can only wonder as to how many times the Charlotte City Council will injure themselves, as well as the Queen City before they abandon their stubborn ways.
James Lowell wrote in a poem, "Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide, in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side."
Sports fans were shaken last week when Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, demonstrated such a poor attitude after the Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
What do most people think of when they hear the name, Donald Trump? They think of money, business success, and the "art of the deal" to possess more and more. They think of the bling, casinos, extravagance, earthly and material quests.
Innumerable it seems are the issues facing the nation. Abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, self defense and ownership of guns, marriage, parental rights, pornography, gambling, alcohol use and abuse, drugs, the environment, crime, corruption in government, government assistance, national defense, foreign policy, freedom of speech, religious liberty, etc., etc., etc.
Maxine Marsolini says in Blended Families, "Revisiting the past…is a privilege. When we look at it as a healthy thing, we are able to appreciate what it has to offer. It brings defining insight to the present."
It's called "Dry January." It only got started in recent years and is practiced largely in the United Kingdom.
I believe what applies to me personally, also applies to God's cosmic purpose. Change is inevitable. But if we can see that none of it is random or happenstance, then we should have no fear about tomorrow. God is there!
The woeful ignorance of Scott's view is breathtaking. You can no more separate our nation's form of government from the Christian religion than you can separate smoke from fire or water from ice.
The late Dr. James Montgomery Boice in his commentary on Christ's Sermon on the Mount tells the story of a young boy from England walking along the streets of Harrow, who came upon an indigent man's funeral.
Back in October, sixty-five legal experts of high repute issued "A Statement Calling for Constitutional Resistance to Obergefell v. Hodges"—the Supreme Court case that ruled in favor of gay marriage.
I must confess that even though I was a Christian until I spoke with this counselor, it never really registered with me that my faith was about a lot more than personal salvation and going to heaven.
Two weeks ago 10,000 people attended the "We Stand With God" rally on the Halifax Mall behind North Carolina's legislative building.
Proponents for the legalization of recreational marijuana have said over and over again that marijuana is less harmful to society than alcohol and tobacco. Thus, it makes no sense; it's even hypocritical to keep it illegal, they say.
In the great model prayer that our Lord gave to his disciples, we are provided with perhaps the most perfect desire in a prayer that one could ever entertain for the world.
Since I was a boy, I have always loved the literary genre of fables — fictional stories featuring animals with human qualities meant to illustrate some moral maxim.
Pope Francis' historic visit to America has the entire nation abuzz with energy. The news media has covered his every move. Social media is on fire with comments about him.
The story of Jonah is one of the most meaningful texts in the Bible for me. It tells not only of the great miracle of a man being swallowed by a great fish and living to tell about it, but it also serves to remind us of the attitudes we should possess when representing the Lord to those who reject Him and His ways.
In 1993, freelance photojournalist Kevin Carter from South Africa went to cover the civil strife in famine stricken Sudan.
The Charlotte Observer reported on Monday that Governor Pat McCrory was distancing himself from language in a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer. The ad promoted attendance at an upcoming Christian event on September 26th at the Charlotte Convention Center organized by "The Response."
Since the dawn of time, labor has been a part of God's economy. Work is inherent to our purpose, meaning and dignity. In 1999, The New York Times reported an incident in an impoverished country. Relief workers distributed food and other necessities to a long line of people who waited patiently. But when they distributed fishing nets, these same people cheered.
So what happens when a black gay man guns down two white straight people expressing his motives are connected to issues of race and homosexuality?
I can only imagine how Catholics in the various hotter climates of the world are going to react when they finally get the news their Pope thinks air conditioning is something they ought to forgo in life. Ahhhhh, I don't think so.
Certainly one of the most bitterly fought laws was a New York statute that passed June 4, 1888. It substituted the electric chair for the gallows as a means of capital punishment. Interestingly, its strongest opponents were public utilities that believed the use of electricity in executions would have a negative impact on the millions of people, who in those days were still afraid of it.