Entries by Wayne Fowler

Peaceful Fruit

Deion Sanders is the only athlete who has played in a World Series and a Super Bowl.  To what did that success lead him?  Attempted suicide. Sanders played in the 1992 World Series (Braves).  He is a two-time Super Bowl champion (1994-49ers; 1995-Cowboys).  Despite fame and fortune, in 1997 he drove his car off a […]

Boldly and Joyously

I have questions.  Strange and unusual events lead me to this basic question, how now shall we live? First, some current events questions I don’t presume to answer.  COVID emerged amid shocking warnings that it could be bad.  Are economic shutdowns and personal isolation as bad as the disease?  Cities in the USA burned while […]

Right Side of History

A U.S. physician became alarmed by his elderly mother’s observations.  She spoke from her experience resisting communism’s early advances and as a political prisoner in Eastern Europe.  Rod Dreher recounts the story in his book, Live Not By Lies.  Recent stories of “cancel culture” in the U.S. alarmed the lady and recalled her history.   Similar […]

No More Time

Each December when World Magazine recaps the year, I turn to the list of deaths.  Reading what people did or how they died reminds me I still have time.  It also raises questions about the finite human experience. I noticed a few entries on the list.  NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash. […]

The Life Giver

The wrapping paper’s on the floor. That moment of giving is no more. This year’s Christmas is now gone past. What now remains is the gift that lasts. The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” became a classic Christmas film.  Christmastime is the setting at the beginning and end.  But it’s not about Christmas presents though […]

Peace to You

“In Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – Jesus Last week, I gained a new appreciation for Christmas and all it means.  It happened in the middle of the night.  I had traveled to another state, and was asleep in a nice […]

Abiding Joy

Joy is a theme of Christmas.  “Joy to the World” the carol proclaims!  But why is it that joy can seem so elusive? We pine for happier times.  The COVID virus and the economic shutdown have affected so many families.  Some are avoiding traditional family gatherings this year.  Even worse, this may be your first […]

Coming of Age

That year, I felt bold enough to make a trip to Santa’s chair – on my own.  Under the watchful eye of my parents I had already presented Santa my predetermined list.  But as I roamed the department store, my eyes landed on a battery powered airplane.  I powered my way back to Santa.  I […]

Hopes and Fears

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isa. 40:31). Michael Suderman, a minister in Washington D.C. has occasion to chat with and encourage elected officials.  One member of Congress was frustrated […]

With Gratitude

Gratitude is good for you.  So says Amy Morin, author and therapist.  In a Forbes magazine article, she cites scientific research to make her point. Morin reports that gratitude isn’t just good manners.  Gratitude shows you value the contributions of others, and that improves your relationships.  One study showed that grateful people are healthier.  Gratitude […]