Category Archives: Columns

Encouraging Change: Know Yourself

(Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from Chapter 1 of Rhonda Sexton’s book entitled, “Encouraging Change.” The title of this chapter is “Know Yourself.”) Who are you? The normal titles we take on from birth include daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, etc. We learn these roles and then we become wives, husbands, parents, aunts, uncles, and… Read More »

A charge to keep I have

In 1762 Charles Wesley wrote a hymn by the above name; he was talking about mission. Jesus charged the church with our mission just before he ascended to glory, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19-20). This mission applies to every Christian. If we’re not focused on the charge of making disciples, we’re… Read More »

How should schools represent the community?

After a nice three day weekend it was good to have students back in class and ready to hit the home stretch on the 2016-17 school year. It won’t be long and we’ll blink and this year will be over. Our Goodman students at South Elementary, Carver Elementary and what is now being calling “Goodman… Read More »

Signs of spring are hard to miss

Signs of spring are hard to miss. Many colors of new growth begin replacing the muted greys and browns of yards and forests. Violets and spring beauties dot greening lawns with purple, pink and white flowers. The white blossoms of service berry and dogwood, and the deep pinks of redbud trees add color to blue… Read More »

What is Heaven like?

What is Heaven like? Look at a few passages with me from Matthew (the first book in the New Testament) and Revelation (the last book in the New Testament). First, notice some passages from Matthew: Heaven is a place of reward. Jesus said: “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great” (Matthew… Read More »

Why do all of this for a dog?

I went to the pantry and retrieved what was left of an old six-pack of beer. Removed two cans, room temperature. It had been a long day; was about to get longer. The news I’d just received, had in fact been privy to its making, was going to extend the day. I got down our… Read More »

Wartime letters of local doughboy reflect common experience

To continue my theme this centennial year of America’s entry into World War I, today I’d like to talk about another local doughboy. I first mentioned him many years ago, but it’s worth retelling. There’s no telling how long the World War I letters of William Arthur Daugherty were filed away in the cabinets of… Read More »

Being prepared by work, prayer, and deed

It is my general understanding that what God wants from the Human race He created is that they are to bring nature under control, people the earth and that these “people” should get along with each other. Now really, how hard can that be? If we are to let history answer that question, the answer… Read More »

The World of SPAM

Every now and then, I feel the need to add some levity to my weekly column. Since I had part of the day off Monday, I decided to clean out my SPAM folder in my email. I had 538 messages caught up by the GMAIL spam filter. What is interesting, there were a handful of… Read More »

Use a mix of plants in your landscaping plan

Whether you have a small yard in the city or a large acreage in the country, native plants can give you options to grow on. Native plants are good choices for landscaping for a variety of reasons. For some people, choosing native species is about connecting with nature on a more personal level. Others opt… Read More »

How can we help give our kids direction?

In life we begin as a fully trusting and dependent being. Wouldn’t it be nice if all little ones were treated with unconditional love and support? What would the world look like if every child was loved and developed a healthy self-image as a child? What if there were no hurts that made the next… Read More »

Goodman named for fruit grower 

My sympathies go out to all those affected by the Goodman tornado last week. Some things just can’t be replaced, such as family photos, heirlooms and keepsakes. I’m glad no one was killed, at least. The town being in the news so much lately got me thinking about its genesis. Goodman is named for Lowell… Read More »

The Four Bodies of Jesus

In his book, “The Church of Christ,” Everett Ferguson points out that, “The New Testament uses the word ‘body’ in reference to Jesus in four senses” (page 250). Think about each of these with me. First, there is, as Ferguson put it, “the physical body of his incarnation.” This would be the body he took… Read More »