A New Missionary Biography: A Modest But Crucial Hero

A New Missionary Biography: A Modest But Crucial Hero

I have written a missionary biography of my great-great-uncle, the Reverend George E. Stone. His oldest brother, Frederick Stone, was my great-grandfather (d. 1921). Their other two brothers, Ernest and Harry, died in 1968 and 1970, respectively. I met them in the...
Are You Living in Sin?

Are You Living in Sin?

What does living in sin mean to you? My wife and I attended the Locals Last Stand event in Watersound, Florida Sunday afternoon May 21. It featured two dozen or so vendors and three local bands. I walked by each vendor and enjoyed conversations with several of the...
The Donkey Jesus Rode

The Donkey Jesus Rode

Joah was old when I met him in Bethany. He had lived in the little town across the ravine from Jerusalem all his life. He told me he never had the desire to travel, except to Jerusalem. What money he earned and should have saved, he invested, or might I say,...
Keep Your Heart from Being Troubled

Keep Your Heart from Being Troubled

Let’s be honest. Life is a troubling experience. A lot of the world’s troubles could be alleviated if we did not let our hearts get troubled. A friend became troubled hearing about a distressing road rage incident. Two men became angry at each other. They stopped...
Seeking Gender-Neutral Pronouns Is Not New

Seeking Gender-Neutral Pronouns Is Not New

What are your experiences with gender-neutral pronouns? Are you a big advocate for them, and why? Do you question the discussions about them? To be honest, I have been in the disinterested camp until recently. My interest changed recently. Let me tell you about it. I...
L.I.S.T.E.N.

L.I.S.T.E.N.

Christmas 2022 is past, and so are its carols, unless you plan to observe the holiday with the Orthodox Church on January 7. The carol Do You Hear What I Hear? raises a marvellous question for us to reflect upon as we start 2023. To hear what you hear, I must give my...
Twelve Thousand Feet Above the Titanic

Twelve Thousand Feet Above the Titanic

You are about to read a tale that has never been told before. In 1996 Rose Dawson Calvert boarded the Titanic research ship that was twelve thousand feet above the wreckage of the sunken passenger ship. Rose joined the crew on the ship because they identified her as...
Get Intentional About Really Living

Get Intentional About Really Living

Your experience with inferiority may be similar to Greg Murtha’s experience. He was the co-founder of Halftime Institute in Dallas Texas with Bob Buford. As Chief Connections Officer, he would rub shoulders with many important and famous people, which for most of us...
Escaping Hurricane Ian and Then Helping

Escaping Hurricane Ian and Then Helping

My wife and I escaped Hurricane Ian on September 28. No, we were not on the southern portion of Florida’s peninsula. We live on the Panhandle between Destin and Panama City Beach. We had tracked the weather forecasts for a week and were not certain what direction the...