Thursday, 24 November 2011 19:01

Church need more pledges? Up yours!

Lots of you dear readers send me cute stories. Sometimes they are new to me. Most are things I have heard before. This is because I am an old man and I have heard almost everything funny that has ever been said in the history of the world. But this is okay because I am an old man and I have forgotten almost everything I have ever heard in my life. Not only that; I have forgotten almost everything I have ever written or said in my life. But this is okay too because every good story is worth repeating.

I have noticed a certain kind of inequity in the world of humor. There seems to be a lot more humor poking fun at women than there is aimed at men. Male readers send me lots of funny stuff teasing women. However, I don't get much material from women making those of the male persuasion the butt of the humor. Now I know women have great senses of humor, but I have to go searching for female humor that is made at the expense of men.

Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:01

It doesn't take much to create a church

John Abbey and I got acquainted through this blessed beacon. He is pastor of the Bethel Church in Killeen, Texas. Pastor Abbey had a long career as a teacher and minister of music at another church in Killeen. He was approaching his retirement years.

Thursday, 03 November 2011 20:01

Political pulpit is no place for him

Robert Jeffress, minister of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, recently urged folk to vote in the Republican primary election for Gov. Rick Perry rather than for Mitt Romney. He offered the opinion that Mr. Romney is a Mormon and that Mormonism is a cult and Mormons are not Christians. Thus, people should not vote for a Mormon.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 20:01

WWJD? I think we already know

I’m in a preachy mood this week. I get this way sometimes. It hits me on almost every Sunday morning. When I was an active pastor, there were years when I preached five times on Sundays and several times during the week.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:01

Love all creatures great and small

The greatest compliment a person can pay to a preacher or writer is to remember something said or written years earlier. Kathy Vitale of Cornelius gave me such a gift this week with a note in reference to some of my columns. She remembered a piece I wrote about the death of our miniature poodle, Little Bit, and the reaction of our cat, Liberty.

Thursday, 06 October 2011 20:01

How to become ‘from around here’

How often do you hear the question about you or one of your friends, “You ain’t from around here, are you?” It’s usually prompted by an unfamiliar accent or a snub of grits or a fried food or Southern music. It isn’t meant to be unfriendly, just curious. Truth is, most of us are from somewhere else. We have come to this region of the country because we wanted to live here. After we get settled into the Southern style, we begin to ask fresh newcomers, “Where are you from?”

Thursday, 29 September 2011 20:01

Lead us not into beach speed traps

Cousin Linda from Florida sent me the tale about the minister who parked his car illegally and left this note under the windshield wiper that read, “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”

Thursday, 15 September 2011 20:01

Our seniors have much to teach

The topic this week is “seniors.” This topic is dear to my heart because I am one now and loads of my friends are hip, active, exciting, involved senior citizens.

Thursday, 08 September 2011 20:01

Thar’s gold in that thar e-mail!

Five hundred years ago, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto brought his expedition of explorers to the western North Carolina mountains. How do you say, “Thar’s gold in them thar hills,” in 16th-century Spanish?

Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:01

Age offers insight to all things possible

I have been rethinking what is possible in this world. Unusual things happen all around us. For instance we are living longer and longer. Longer life is becoming more the rule than the exception.