Praises to God (4/29/2019) - What a great week last week was.  Yes, it was the week after Easter but it was much more than that.  Friday we received some news reports.  My son-in-law was granted tenure at East Tennessee State University where he teaches.  The president of ETSU, who had been offered a job leading the University of Tennessee, […]
Easter: Now What (4/24/2019) - The Christian calendar has two really big days on it, Easter and Christmas.  And, of course, these are special days in the history of Christianity.  Christmas represents the birth of Jesus (no, I’m not going to get into the argument about whether the day is correct).  As Philippians tells us, Jesus left the splendors of […]
A Busy Time (4/26/2018) - Wow, do we have a lot going on right now. This weekend is the Will Graham Celebration Friday through Sunday at Freedom Hall. What a great opportunity to enjoy a weekend of worship and to introduce people to Jesus.  Sunday morning at 9 is our 5th Sunday breakfast potluck. Then, during worship at 10:30, our […]
Snow Again? (3/14/2018) - Are we having fun yet?  I woke up to 4″ of snow at our house this morning.  ETSU is closed for the day because of accumulated ice in the parking lots and on the sidewalks.  I just love this East Tennessee weather.  Spring is next week but we will have to wait and see how […]
Happy New Year (1/9/2018) - Well, I may be a little behind in posting but I’m back. We ended the last and started this New Year with weather that few people enjoyed. The pipes froze at the church building and just getting outside was not much fun. Even my dogs wanted nothing to do with going out which created a […]
A Church Mourns (11/6/2017) - Shootings in churches seems to be something becoming all too common. I suppose, in one sense, it is nothing new. People have burned Synagogues, bombed churches where Black people worship and attacked different Mosques for centuries. Yet, somehow it means more now, to me, at least, than it has in the past. Yes, I hate […]
Fall Is In the Air – Finally (10/25/2017) - Wow, the weather has changed and the nights are brisk. The forecast is for snow this coming Monday just in time for Halloween to be freezing! Did you get used to the nice warm weather we had for most of October? Some of us were looking forward to the cooler weather while others would gladly […]
Storms Are Everywhere (9/6/2017) - Disasters are nothing new to the southern border of the United States (well, for any region, for that matter). Right now, though, the south seems to be getting hit time and time again. From riots over statues to hurricanes, turmoil seems to rule the day. Why? Well, partly because people refuse to love and respect […]
Let There Be Darkness (8/16/2017) - August 21st will be a day for many in the United States to see a total eclipse of the sun. Ancient superstition imagined all kinds of disasters that were about to happen when a solar eclipse would occur. Today, of course, most of us know that this is a natural phenomenon that occurs periodically when […]
The 4th and Beyond (7/6/2017) - With the 4th of July celebrations over, we move into those hot, dog-days of summer so called because of certain constellations. A lot of our lives are affected, to some extent, by things in the world. Yes, God created the heavens and the earth but men have sometimes thought that it was the stars that […]
Happenings (6/14/2017) - Several events are upcoming. This Saturday is our Men’s Breakfast and Bible study at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Then, at 4 p.m. on Saturday Deb and I are hosting a meal for our members in the Fellowship Hall. On June 22 at 6 p.m. we are hosting a seminar on Resume Writing and […]
Memorial Day (5/29/2017) - Having been raised in a military family and having served myself, I hold deep feelings for those who have suffered the loss of a family member or loved one in defense of this nation. As others have said before, “Freedom is not free.” The cost is always blood. Men and women have sacrificed their lives […]
Easter’s Coming (4/3/2017) - The tulips are blooming and the dandelions are everywhere. That is a sure sign that Spring is in the air and that Easter is right around the corner. Whether you celebrate Easter, Resurrection Sunday or neither, much of the Western world recognizes that April 16, 2017, is a special day because it is Easter Sunday […]
Viruses and Stuff (2/13/2017) - Well this seems to be a poor time of the year for good health. Several local school districts have dismissed classes for a various number of days in an attempt to quell the illnesses that are rampant in the students and staff. Many are feeling the impact of viruses, flu and other illnesses. Be in […]
Thanksgiving (11/17/2016) - Our Harvest Meal is this Saturday at noon. What a great time of fellowship we will have. I love the holiday season. As family visits, church activities expand and memories are made, my prayer is that each of you will make good memories through the end of 2016. No, not everything will go according to […]
Fall Is In the Air (10/26/2016) - Finally, the cooler weather of Fall is here! I don’t know about you but I am ready for it. The turning of the leaves and the cool, crisp evenings give most of us a renewed spirit after the long, hot summer. This Fall is filled with something that most of us will be glad is […]
Dog Days of Summer (8/17/2016) - The longer summer drags on, the more I look forward to Fall. You know what I mean? Frequently, we tend to look forward to things instead of making the best out of where we are. When we are young, we long to be teens. When we are teens, we look forward to being out from […]
Happy Birthday America (7/2/2016) - I love patriotic holidays. I love being a citizen of the United States of America. It is a great nation no matter what has been happening to her in the past 8 years. While you are in services tomorrow, remember that we enjoy our freedom to worship because God allowed this nation to be formed […]
Happy Father’s Day (6/18/2016) - I had a great dad. He loved my mother, loved his six children and provided us with a Christian home and environment. I still miss him. I want to say “Thank you” to all of you men who work hard at being dads. It is not an easy task but it is certainly a rewarding […]
Community Worship Service (4/12/2016) - On Sunday May 1st, the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association (JAMA) will be hosting a community worship service at David Crockett High School at 11 a.m. in the school auditorium. Central’s services for that morning are cancelled including the Sunday School classes. Everyone is encouraged to attend the community service. Then, beginning that evening, the Community […]