“Root Hog or Die”, an un-Southern “Conservatism”

In conversations with my Southern friends, our political affections often dissolve into a conversation about our current welfare state. In the United States, taking care of the poor is a problem that has had a slowing effect on our already slowing economic growth. We are not the economic empire we …

The Bible is Not a Hammer

I was raised in a very religious family. We valued our faith but in a way that was often legalistic. Don’t get me wrong. I am convinced that each of my relatives were/are true believers. But, I’ve witnessed too many family feuds in which the Bible was used as a …

Welcome to the Conversation, Christian

Silver lining on the silver spoon Jacob’s brothers meant him ill when they sold him into bondage. God meant it for good, said the former slave. Let me offer a similar sentiment about the recent events in Thomas Jefferson’s former hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia. There has been a great revival among Christians …

The Bible is Not a Magic Book

If you’re like me, you were raised with a great deal of respect for the Bible. In fact, many times this respect was misappropriated. I knew that the Bible was God’s Word and that it was powerful and alive. It was efficacious, to use a theological term. It didn’t return …