Tag Archives: 9/11

Growing Pains

“Jesus took Daddy home,” Cheryl McGuinness told her 14-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter.

The news that their father, Tom, had died was not only unexpected, but was tragic and publicly known world-wide.

Tom McGuinness Jr. was the first officer on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Continue reading


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Weekly Recap: September 5-10

Good morning,

Norma Jean and I are flying to Indianapolis today, to be with Woodland Hills Church in Marion, Indiana, for a meeting that begins tomorrow and continues through Wednesday.

We’re excited to share our series on “Pressing Toward the Prize” and enjoy fellowship with these brethren.

Today’s recap features three posts, that if you missed, I really encourage you to read.  One is about reflections on 9/11, the other about abortion, and yesterday’s is a tribute to our good friend and brother, Dee Bowman, who passed away yesterday. Continue reading

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9/11 Remembrance and Reflection

As I sit in the early morning darkness, listening to the falling rain and drinking a cup of coffee, I’m contemplating what words of encouragement, exhortation or admonition I will send out on my blog today.

As I glance at my computer calendar it reads 9/9/2021. Suddenly my thoughts change.

Just two days until I leave for a meeting in Marion, Indiana, with still much to do.

Then it hit me. Continue reading

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Seed Thoughts

Today is the 15th anniversary of 911.

It is a day of personal remembrance. Solemn reflection. And national introspection.

We all remember where we were and what we were doing on that day of infamy. Many of us know someone who was directly affected, killed, or either by chance or God’s grace missed being on one of those flights or in the twin towers. And, as Americans we wonder “Are we safer today than we were 15 years ago?” Continue reading

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Reflections: 9/11, Twelve Years Later


Yesterday over our morning coffee, Norma Jean and I were reflecting about September 11, 2001.

We were living in Spring Hill, TN.  And I was preaching for the Jackson Heights church in Columbia.   As I was getting ready to go to the office Norma Jean yelled for me to come into the family room.  She said, “A plane has hit one of the twin towers.”  Like millions of Americans we watched in amazement as a plane hit the other tower.  Then the Pentagon was hit.  And then the report of the crash in PA. Later we learned of the heroism that prevented another catastrophic  strike.

That day I did not go to the office. Continue reading

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