FUDGE ON FOOTBALL

I have never been much of a sports fan--except for a time in high school when I rooted for the Athens (Ala.) Golden Eagles, our town's home team (my private Athens Bible School did not particpate in intramural sports.) Thinking back more than half a century to those mighty Golden Eagles, an Old Testament verse comes to mind--the one that says "There were giants in the earth in those days; … [Read more...]

NOVEMBER 22, 1963

If you are an American and are 63 or older, you probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on November 22, 1963 when you learned that President John F. Kennedy had been fatally shot. Today's generation might think of the radical jihadist attack on New York and Washington D.C., since remembered as "9/11." November 1963 found me on leave from college and at work in my parents' … [Read more...]

THEISTIC EVOLUTION – 2

A gracEmail subscriber asks: "Can someone who believes in God and accepts the Bible as his word also believe in evolution as the process by which God brought into being the diversity of animal life on earth, including human beings?"   * * *This is one of those topics that tends to generate more heat than light, a subject about which we often feel more strongly and deeply than we think. … [Read more...]

THE WORLD VILLAGE

The following details gathered from a variety of supposedly reliable sources help put our own life situations in world perspective. *          *          * If the world's population were shrunk to a village containing 100 people with present human ratios remaining as now, the human village would contain 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 people from the Americas (North, Central and South) and 8 … [Read more...]

GOD’S HANDIWORK

  This past Christmas eight related households in five states each received an exquisite piece of counted cross stitch artwork. These gifts of love represented hundreds if not thousands of hours of meticulous, painstaking craftsmanship by my mother, who recently celebrated her 85th birthday, and who selected each work to complement the household colors and decor of each of her six birth children … [Read more...]

IDEOLOGY MATTERS

Newspapers across the United States featured a religion article this weekend titled "Ideology Matters: What is the most dangerous idea in religion today?" Answering that question were Harold Kushner, Deepak Chopra, Richard Land, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im and Wayne Dyer. At first glance this roster appears to represent a wide diversity of opinion, including Jewish (Kushner), Christian (Land), Muslim … [Read more...]

Don’t ask this columnist about critical thinking

A special gracEmail essay Don’t ask this columnist about critical thinking  A widely-syndicated opinion piece by Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. published on March 16, 2007 provides opportunity for a useful exercise in critical thinking. Under the title "Don’t ask this general about morality," Mr. Pitts takes to task Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, … [Read more...]

PHILOSOPHY AND FAITH

A gracEmail reader writes: "I have recently been involved in conversations with a philosophy student who has lost his faith. Several issues in the Bible trouble him, in the areas of original sin, predestination, and the nature of the resurrection. Can you point me to Scriptures or to other reading materials that might help?" *          *          * Philosophy students tend to think of … [Read more...]

SPECIAL GRACEMAIL ESSAY

Robertson's comment on Haiti earthquake reveals bad manners, embellished history and poor theology The ground had hardly stopped shaking in Haiti when Pat Robertson, the affable but loose-lipped founder of Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and President of Regent University, started a rumble of his own by saying that the stricken nation was "cursed" because of a 200-year-old "pact with the … [Read more...]