Entries by Wayne Fowler

True Conversion

J.C. Watts found success as a college and pro football quarterback, and in politics as a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.  In between those seasons of his life, he made a startling discovery about himself. Watts left pro football to become a youth minister.  It was a return to his roots, being raised in church by […]

Basket or Lampstand

People put their lamp on a high lampstand last month by gathering in Washington DC for “The Return.”  The purpose of the event was to call for individual soul-searching and pray for a return to God. What a counter-cultural thing to do.  This cultural moment has no time for a God who interferes with our […]

A Trustworthy Statement

Who can you trust these days?  What lies behind that question is the basic human need to rely on people and information.  Without trust, things fall apart. It is a delight to have people you can trust in your life.  They are honest, dependable, and consistent.  They keep confidences and act with integrity.  The problem […]

Value People

I long to hear just one politician begin a sentence with, “My honorable opponent and I disagree…” Political discourse rarely rises above acrimony and invective. But it helps me show you something. The usual political topics are crime (riots, mandatory sentencing), the pandemic (initial response, shutdowns, vaccine), the economy (trade deals, unemployment) and injustice (race […]

Naming Wisdom

Let’s talk politics.  Sorta.  The people in elected offices and we electors who put them there need wisdom in a huge way, and soon. Here are some vexing topics of late.  #MeToo. Kneeling for the flag. Injustice. Racial unrest. Antifa.  Murders.  American cities looking like war zones.  COVID.  Economic shutdown.  Immigration. Impeachment. North Korean nuclear […]

The Reveal

Drew Brees (NFL quarterback) appeared on television earlier this year, but people didn’t know who he was.  Until the reveal. He filmed an episode of “Undercover Boss” as an owner of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux.  In disguise, he worked as a dishwasher.  After experiencing stories of hard work and loyalty among the employees, he and co-owner […]

Mine or Thine

Whoever says the Bible is boring never read the dramatic events recounted in the book of Esther.  It’s about loyalty and royalty, love and hate, life and death.  The plot twists as a man asserts his will against God’s.  It doesn’t turn out well for him. Haman was king Xerxes’ right-hand man.  As such he […]

Habitual Courage

An act of courage is admirable.  The habit of courage is a virtue. WWII hero and conscientious objector Desmond Doss pulled 75 wounded men off Hacksaw Ridge in 1945.  John Lewis demanded equal voting rights in 1965 by walking into the nightsticks across the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma.   Two American soldiers and a friend […]

J. I. Packer

Sitting on the porch in the cool of the morning, they pondered what the day might bring.  Theirs was a typical porch for those days, near enough to the road to overhear the travelers’ talk, and to chat with them. As the morning stirs to life, the travelers appear.  As they pass, they discuss with […]

Taken Captive

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ (Col. 2:8). This warning could not be more applicable to movements afoot in America today.  Those movements clamor for free healthcare, food, […]