Entries by Wayne Fowler

Peace Cross

Wow, I wish I could have been in the Supreme Court on Feb. 27, 2019! Justice Elena Kagan declared the good news in plain language. On that auspicious day, the Court heard oral arguments about the WWI Memorial in Bladensburg, MD. The American Legion erected the memorial on private land in 1925 to honor their […]

Meet Your Maker

Gunter Bechly’s views evolved, as they say. And it cost him. If you like science and a true story with conflict and drama, do a web search on this distinguished professor. In 1999, Bechly received a Ph.D. in paleontology and became curator of insect fossils at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany. […]

Road Less Traveled

Robert Frost enjoyed strolls with fellow poet Edward Thomas. He reflected on a walk in a wood with two different but equal paths. “I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has […]

Jesus Loves Me

Theologian Karl Barth was a rebel. In the early 20th C., he rejected the popular new idea that the historical Jesus does not matter to Christians. Just prior to WWII, his rebellion took a dangerous turn. As a leader of Germany’s confessing church, he wrote a declaration that the church’s allegiance to Jesus meant it […]

Courage

Nelson Mandela said, “Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.” I like a mathematical comparison: The demand for courage is directly proportional to the potential for danger. In either case, everyday dangers of various degrees and their resulting fears means each of us needs courage. To that end, I offer […]

What Matters Most

If the events of the last week or two are any indication, the Super Bowl is all that matters to some fans and players.  Clint Gresham played six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, appearing in two Super Bowls.  Winning one and losing one taught him something. In 2014, the Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos in […]

Re-ordered Life

Growing up in the South in the 70’s, it was hard not to notice the catchy tune, “Sweet Home Alabama.” I just turned the radio on, without knowing what the lyrics meant. Some of those lyrics included, Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers, and they’ve been known to pick a song or two.  This […]

Live by the Spirit

When I saw the name Ellen Fowler (d.1929), I wondered if we’re kin. She was an English novelist, combining romance and religion. I decided to take up her Fuel of Fire (1902) just from curiosity. Her character Rufus Webb is a man who had served as a missionary to China, but suffered great loss. He […]

Faith v. Science

John Lennox is a math professor (emeritus) at Oxford. If you were to hear him speak, you’d agree that he is affable, unassuming, and disarming. And smart. He holds seven academic degrees, including three doctorates. In his latest book, Can Science Explain Everything? he tells a story from early in his career. The Soviet Union’s […]

Blasphemy or Doxology

Blasphemy has been in the news of late. It’s a harsh word we tend to avoid in everyday use. A more accessible synonym is “slander,” defined as false and malicious speech against someone. So if blasphemy is false words against God, its antonym could be doxology, true words to God. Ireland voted in late 2018 […]