Entries by Wayne Fowler

You Matter

One way America recognizes its heroes is with the Congressional Medal of Honor. The award includes a citation which describes in detail what happened, including when and where. Last month, the President awarded the Honor to John Canley for his actions as a marine in Vietnam, 1968. Gunnery Sergeant Canley matters, and his name is […]

Adopted

Perhaps you’ve heard of Russell Moore. Some know him as a commentator on politics, policy, and social issues. Southern Baptists know him as the leader of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. What you may not know is that he’s the father of two adopted boys from Russia. This, along with being a theologian, gives […]

The Problem

Most of us would not have a job if there were no problems to fix. Teachers fix ignorance. Mechanics fix cars. Carpenters fix houses. Doctors fix bodies. At least they all try, and we appreciate them for it. Have you ever pondered what the world’s ultimate problem is, and what the solution might be? Leslie […]

Jesus Follower

The early church referred to itself as “the Way” before it adopted the label “Christian.” If we were to select a new name unfreighted by modern mischaracterizations, we could call ourselves “Jesus Followers.” But what does that mean? Glad you asked. Here are four ways you follow Jesus, found in His talk with Nicodemus (John […]

Supreme Truth

In case you didn’t notice, the Senate finally finished vetting a candidate for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Of course you did. The news cycle was filled with emotionally and politically charged stories. It was a boon for those who sell news by writing headlines and counting eyeballs. They made us feel it. […]

Names

Identify this quote:  “What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.” The quote means that a name doesn’t change the essence of a thing.  Yet we do use labels to identify and describe.  Clintonite and Trumpian are political.  Calvinist and Arminian are theological.  Capitalist and […]

Psalms

If you’re like me, you find yourself in seasons when you can’t take the news anymore. Not surprising since the business model of most cable news outlets is to gin up outrage to capture your eyes. Stop warring with news reports and find peace in a place that soothes the heart. I offer you five […]

Perspective

For a while, Hurricane Florence was larger than the states of North and South Carolina combined. I was amazed at the geostationary satellite images from 22,000 miles above the equator. I was pained at the local images of flooding and destruction that satellites cannot capture. Different perspectives, different responses. In 1990, Bette Midler recorded the […]

God Alone

“Washington monument hailed as obelisk to Moloch.  Gathering planned this Sunday.”  If that were a real headline, the idolatry would be easy to spot.  Yet modern idolatry is a thing, and can be rather subtle. Take politics.  In certain quarters, the ideal is free healthcare, free college education, and universal basic income.  In this system, […]

Burdened Community

The Loneliness Epidemic is upon us. It is the rotten fruit of rugged individualism, the prison food of digital isolation, the sour stew of broken relationships.  “Psychology Today” reports that in the last 50 years, loneliness has doubled in the U.S. There is an answer for that Epidemic, and it’s not the CDC in Atlanta. […]