five-hundred words for your spiritual journey

Every last one of us is on a journey. However, some folks are reluctant to admit "where they are" on their particular pilgrimage. Each of the following 500-word blog posts are pulled from my raw and personal journals in hopes that you are encouraged to either start or continue your journey led by Someone who offers Himself as a guide.

“Does anyone give a damn?” Who hasn’t heard or voiced those words? The word damn, as an adjective, is used to emphasize anger and frustration. Even Lauren Daigle sings “Where are You now when darkness seems to win? Where are You now when the world is crumbling?” That leads to asking, does God really care? […]

Over 50,000 graves of men and women are buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My wife’s grandfather, Roy Teague, is buried there. He served in World War II. It’s not a stretch to assume that members of the surviving families have asked themselves: “What did they die for?” Knowing the patriotic reason […]

I have never put much stock in religious experiences, because faith cannot rest on them, as they come and go. However, in early April of 2019, my tears seemed to flood my prior way of thinking. In celebration of our 24th wedding anniversary, my wife and I jetted off to Phoenix, Arizona to visit the […]

In May of 2019, the movie, Steel Magnolias will be 30 years old. In a moving scene from that flick, M’Lynn stands in front of her daughter’s casket. She tells the four women, standing with her at the graveside: “I just sat there and kept on pushing the way I always have where Shelby is […]

“It’s Friday…but Sunday’s coming!” Sociologist, Pastor, and author Tony Campolo, made that statement classic years ago. It’s still true. We have all succumbed to Friday’s that are dark. Friday is the call from your best friend who tells you her husband left her. Friday is the encounter with the CFO who said “You are not […]

You have heard it. I have heard it. A lot of people keep saying we need more hope in our world. Instead of saying “Nope!” we should learn to respond to life’s challenges by saying: “But there is Hope!” In today’s vernacular, it is dope to have hope. To lose hope can be viewed as […]

Al is a complex human being. He hides behind things. Sometimes, he buries himself in his career. Other times, his ego camouflages him. Most days, he is entrapped by his phone. However, he cannot seem to break away from a particular stereotype. He has tried numerous times to come out from behind the word “one” […]