The experience set me to thinking — thinking back to when Christians during the first century were thrown to the lions in the Roman coliseums. In the clutches of these mighty creatures, they were tossed about like rag dolls, disemboweled, torn from limb to limb, for not renouncing or compromising their faith in Christ's Lordship.
In Psalm 1, the Psalmist provides a beautiful picture of a tree bearing abundant fruit because its roots continually draw nourishment from the river next to it.
There is a quote from England's Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon, of the late 19th century that has been a guiding light for my work.
Was it simply a faux pas? Was it ignorance? Or was it intentional? These were the questions running through my mind as I listened to Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
Last week, the well-known former pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina announced via a Facebook video that he was checking into a treatment center. Perry was fired from the mega-church with an attendance of 30,000 earlier this month for an alcohol addiction.
The NBA's Commissioner, Adam Silver, said at a recent press conference that the league hasn't made up its mind whether the 2017 All-Star Game will be held in Charlotte as planned.
No doubt, some will blame the Black Lives Matter movement, but the source of the problem is much deeper than any of these shallow explanations.
This was a sad period. There was estrangement between me and my father, estrangement between me, my immediate family and extended family members. There were no visits on holidays, no phone calls, and certainly no "Happy Father's Day" wishes on that special Sunday.
Compromise, compromise, compromise. Over the years, we've seen so much of it and heard so many calls for it by some on the "Right"; it's nauseating.
They can rationalize almost anything, using props, bluffs, and wrongful comparisons to — enhance their image.
America has had enough of politicians. Although much of the country has abandoned traditional ethics, enough morality is still left to give most people the instinctive feeling that this nation is on the wrong track.
There are times when it seems we are surrounded by evil on every side. We may even despair that darkness will eclipse the light.
To smear someone means to sully, vilify, or soil a good reputation. It carries with it the idea of smudging or blurring the truth.
There has never been a more glaring example of talebearing than the recent reporting by both national and state media concerning North Carolina's passage of HB 2 — a simple common sense measure that overturned a dangerous Charlotte ordinance.
The true strength of men is not determined by muscle, militarily, or political might, but by the kind of heart carried inside of them.
Not to be showy, nor to exude a superior religiosity, but only in the hope of encouraging the discouraged, allow me to share a prayer I wrote a few days ago.
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!