Entries by Wayne Fowler

The Race

Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson made quite a splash in some circles recently.  They are both religious influencers who announced in writing that they are stepping away from the Christian faith.  That’s disappointing, but should we be surprised?  Probably not. In recent years, Pew Research Center studies have documented the increase of the “nones” (religiously […]

Meaning

Why am I here? Does life have purpose? These are questions probed by philosophers, but they are also very personal, freighted with implications. Someone with no good answer is more likely to succumb to the modern suicide epidemic. “Psychology Today” magazine reports that the suicide rate now exceeds highway fatalities, and is higher than it […]

Home Forever

A young woman paced the sidewalk outside the pastor’s home. He and his wife were preparing for a picnic in the park.  They noticed woman’s tentative attempts to approach their door. F.W. Boreham wrote about his experience that day. Realizing that the woman needed something, he invited her inside.  She poured out the heart-rending tragedy […]

Taste the Salt

Journalist Mindy Belz spoke truth to power at the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  She argued that a culture will miss the Christian community when it’s gone. Belz has a deep resume of reporting from war-torn areas while embedded with affected communities.  She said, “In Iraq, Christians formed […]

Why Me?

“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1) is the epigraph in Days of Grace: A Memoir by tennis great Arthur Ashe.  Indeed, he endured much in his short life. Ashe’s mother died when […]

Beginning and Ending

The WWII era was a frightening time as people realized that life as they knew it could actually end. Two leaders from that period noted the link between beginning and ending, expressing hope even in those dark days. The British army had finally turned back Rommel’s tanks in North Africa. In a speech in November […]

To the River

America’s Voices In Israel is an organization that arranges trips to the Holy Land for prominent and influential Americans. Let’s hear from two men who had similar experiences on their trips. As a believer in high school, Deshawn Watson prayed about his football career. He agreed to play at Clemson and was key to their […]

Of Men and Angels

James Madison lived to the advanced age of 85 and helped birth our nation. He became known as the “Father of the Constitution” which was adopted when he was a young 36.  He led the drafting of the Bill of Rights, and served as our fourth President. To promote the adoption of the Constitution, Madison […]

Aging Fruit

The young fancy themselves wise, unable to reason with their feeble minds; the old fancy themselves feeble, unminding the season that finds them wise. Growing old isn’t for the faint of heart. Ok, that’s cliché. Tennyson said it better in “Ulysses.” “Death closes all; but something ere the end, some work of noble note, may […]

God Hath Wrought

Samuel Morse was a portrait painter in 1825. He was away from home working in New York City when he received a message that his wife was sick. The next day another message said she had died. He immediately rushed home only to learn that she had already been buried. Working through his grief, he […]