Church discipline is not for sissies

Why is church discipline necessary? Imagine this scenario. A team of doctors is operating on a critically ill patient whose life hangs in the balance. Cancer is threatening to kill the person, and the only help and the only hope for survival is in the hands of the skilled surgeons. The cancer must be removed. … Continue reading Church discipline is not for sissies

The children that live ‘down the well’

“One first-world baby stuck at the bottom of a well generates more heartfelt anxiety than the 100 million children trapped on the streets of the developing world ever will.” That’s a quote from Dr. Chi Huang, a founder of Kaya Children International, that I read in Cycling Home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall. Many of … Continue reading The children that live ‘down the well’

Remembering 9/11

I remember where I was when I heard the news. Having just finished teaching an 8:00 public speaking class, I was standing with other faculty at college coffee when someone said, “I cannot believe it happened.” She shook her head in shock. “What are you talking about?” I asked. That’s when I heard the news … Continue reading Remembering 9/11

The Open Forum also for matters of faith

This week, someone wrote to The Times-News, complaining that the Open Forum is being used as a “platform to discuss religious beliefs and to debate those beliefs.” She went on to suggest that the editor “set some limits for this section to local matters that concern all.” I was frankly amazed at the brazen request, … Continue reading The Open Forum also for matters of faith

‘Cycling Home From Siberia’: a challenging read

“It is late October, and the temperature is already negative 40 degrees … My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight, empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts, and packs of ravenous, merciless wolves.” That’s an excerpt from “Cycling Home from Siberia” by Rob Lilwall, a former geography … Continue reading ‘Cycling Home From Siberia’: a challenging read

Go ahead and make their day

In her book “Twelve Baskets of Crumbs,” Elisabeth Elliot writes, “‘Tell it like it is’ is the watchword today. But suppose … it’s actually beautiful? Suppose the boy who does your lawn does it fast, trims it perfectly, and takes care of the tools? Suppose the clerk who waits on you happens to be the … Continue reading Go ahead and make their day