Category Archives: Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Godliness


One Sunday on their way home from worship services, little Suzie turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.”

“Oh, why is that?” the mother asked.

“Well,” replied Suzie, “He said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?”

“Yes, Suzie, that’s right.”

“But he also said that God lives in us. Is that true, Mommy?” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Politeness

Is it just me, or does it seem our national discourse is growing more crass, coarse and crude?

Foul language and rude retorts are nothing new. But they seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity. It is definitely reflected in exchanges on social media. Even among Christians.

Recently I witnessed a clash of opinions on facebook that featured name-calling. Imputing of motives. And disrespectful accusations. In a few cases, vulgarities were hurled at others with opposing views. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Tolerance

Thomas Donelan, a Florida minister, offered this description of tolerance.

To tolerate means I can disagree with you while still respecting you.

One person is a Republican, another Democrat. We put aside our differences and get along.

One person is a (Florida) Gator, another a (FSU) Seminole. We put aside our differences and get along.

Some of us are NY Yankee fans, the rest of you hate baseball. I love you anyway, and we get along. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Righteousness

I am told that the Chinese character for righteousness is composed of two separate symbols. One is a lamb. And the other is for me.

When the “lamb” is placed directly above “me” it forms a new character, “righteousness.”

This powerful picture reminds me that I cannot attain righteousness by myself, through my good works, or by my own merit. Real righteousness is found only in “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Justice

“No justice. No peace.” Protestors have cried across America’s major cities for the past week.

From New York City to Minneapolis to Los Angeles and in between, people have been demonstrating against police brutality in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white cop.

Pop star, Beyoncé, expressed the feelings of so many in a video posted Saturday: “We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Happiness

“Where is happiness?” asked minister Clarence Macartney. He debunked the answers most people give with several illustrations from the history of prominent people.

The 18th century British poet Lord Byron who lived a hedonistic life, learned that happiness is not found in pleasure. He wrote “The worm, the canker, and the grief are mine alone.”

Happiness is not found in money learned the 19th century American Financier, Jay Gould. Although known for his ruthless and unscrupulous business practices, he became wealthy. When dying, Gould lamented, “I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Together

This past week-end is one we will always remember.

Not only was it Mother’s Day, but also the day 47 years ago that Norma Jean went into labor. Kenny was born the next day. So for her gift this year, I arranged for a surprise visit for Kenny’s family to come to Tennessee for a few days. Imagine the look on Norma’s face when our grand kids, Miles and Katherine, knocked at the door with a bouquet of flowers. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Reasonable

Although COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted in many states and cities, citizens in some places are protesting that their Governors are moving too slow.

Some folks are commenting to media outlets that their Governors or Mayors are being oppressive in their edicts, dictatorial in their demands and unreasonable in their restrictions. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Anticipation

Last week Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee, announced the gradual process of reopening the state.

Today, restaurants will open with some restrictions. That means we can go eat breakfast at Crockett’s or lunch at Applewood Farms.

The Canadian Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, announced that he will be revealing plans to reopen Ontario’s economy “early next week.” He said the plan will be “a gradual and measured approach.” But, I’m hopeful that means the U.S.-Canadian border will open soon. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Judgment

“Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment,” once quipped the American humorist Will Rogers.

In the midst of this current crisis, our President’s judgment is being questioned for opening up the country too quickly. Ironically, he was criticized, after the fact, for being too slow to shut it down. State Governors and local elected officials are charged with the task of implementing guidelines for their states and counties. Many are protesting their judgments. Continue reading


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