January 31, 2015

Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer”

Kevin Hart and Josh Gad definitely display chemistry in this “Cool black guy, lame white guy” adult comedy. (Photo: Collider.com)

You can tell a lot about a person at a movie theater. By what they watch, who they’re with, what kind of snacks they order. So what do you make of a guy who shows up alone, with a notebook, and orders a large popcorn and a diet coke? You might think “wow, that guy looks lonely”, or “what a weirdo”. And though you might be right on both counts, I’m there to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The ABC’s of Life


In 2004 a student named Tim Lee gave the Hampton University Commencement Speech. It was a rousing challenge to all those graduating students. And I believe it is a rousing challenge to us as we enter the New Year. As you read what Tim said, I believe that this may be one of those articles that you tear out of the paper and tuck away in your Bible, stick on … [Read more...]

“TAKEN 3,” It Is What It Is

If you’re ready to see Liam Neeson beat up a bunch of generic bad guys, you’ve come to the right place. (Photo: projectcasting.com)

“Nobody likes a critic”. Truer words have never been spoken. But you know what else people don’t like? Blowing $20 on a crappy movie. So I’ve decided it’s my civic duty to weed through the weekly Hollywood offerings, and hopefully steer you away from the garbage and toward the gems. Now I understand that not everyone has the same opinions, and all genres … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God Doesn’t Always Close His Accounts in October


There once was a Christian newspaper editor who made it a point to use the format the newspaper afforded him to uplift Christianity and the good things associated with it. He once wrote an article telling his readers how much “richer” they would be if they followed the way of Jesus. A cotton farmer, who hated anything associated with Christianity, read the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Life Lessons from a Yard Sale


I have been in ministry for my Lord for thirty-nine years. Somewhere along the way I ran across the story you are about to read. I make no claims of originality and if I knew the author I would give the proper credit. The story is told of a woman that absolutely loved to spend her Saturdays going to Garage Sales. (Or Yard Sales as we call them in the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Journey of Discovery


Certain portions of the Christmas Story reveal tremendous truths about mankind’s journey of discovery as it relates to our desire to come to terms with Who this Jesus really is. I suppose we are all on this journey together. All of must decide for ourselves what we really believe about this Babe in the Manger, Who would grow up to become our Sacrificial … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: A Paw-paw Day


I come to you in honest confession today. This past Saturday my wife, Marianne, recruited our two daughters, Heather and Stephanie, plus Shannon Cruz, to go with her and help her do the shopping for the upcoming Association Pastor & Wife Christmas Party. Stephanie sent me a text message Friday morning asking me if I wanted to keep Jacob & Caitlyn … [Read more...]

Tomahawk Talk (12/16/14)

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(Franklin) -- After a short break, I am back with the another edition of Tomahawk Talk. We have had a great start to out winter sports seasons. Basketball and wrestling are now going full speed with games and matches going on each week. Our teams have been working hard and playing even harder. Our boy’s basketball team has gotten off to a hot start. They … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Saving the Saved


I had lunch last week with my friend, Todd Pruitt.  Todd heads up the area chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  (And by the way, he’s doing a fine job!) As we were conversing and enjoying our lunch, Todd lamented that too much of his time was devoted to trying to save saved people instead of lost people. Now, I know by now you think Todd and I … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: More Beyond


“You cannot experience a dream come true – without a dream.”  I heard myself say that yesterday on the Fresh Fire Ministries Radio Broadcast. Hey, it’s bad when a preacher starts quoting himself, isn’t it? However, I’m sure it wasn’t original.  I just forgot who I heard say it first! As I have journeyed for almost sixty years through this thing called life … [Read more...]