As just another messenger for God’s kingdom, I’m eternally grateful for the privilege to serve Him. We are living in an hour where the window of His grace is open and there is much to do before Christ returns.

This Week's Circulars

Milly and I spent a week with them. They sing late into the night and play cards by the light of the moon with laughter filling the warm night air. Their songs were primarily giving praise to God.

With Laurel County’s (mini) fall break happening next week, I bet there will be a lot of seniors visiting college campuses during their time off. Though not essential (skip down to tip No. 9 if you’re not in a position to go), college visits are the very best way to get a feel for a campus. …

The sudden drop in temperatures over the past few days is a stark reminder that the winter season is not far away.

I saw a news release, last week, that mentioned the US Department of Agriculture was getting ready to drop edible rabies vaccinations into Letcher and Harlan counties to prevent raccoons and other wildlife from getting this horrible disease and causing it to spread. Apparently aircraft will …

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Not one of us can escape it. We are continually forced to make choices every waking moment, from the beginning of our rational life to its end. The only humans exempt are: 1) children before the age of reason (often referred to as the age of innocence) and 2) demented adults. So it is that y…

The drive into downtown London on Monday morning was back to its usual scene - gone were the booths that lined Main Street for four days last week, gone were the rides and food booths along Broad Street.

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Abortion. It is a nasty word. One definition in Webster's states, “Something regarded as horrifically or disgustingly bad.” A word rife with hatred and even violence. A taboo subject.

If you are a fan of original country music, I hope you have been watching the eight-part, two hours each, Ken Burns' "Country Music" series that has been running on KET and PBS stations, nationwide, over the last couple of weeks.

I was talking with a Christian brother the other day about how it seems that many people are living in sadness and discouragement, when suddenly he made a comment that really caused me to think. He said that according to his studies about the Christian life, it seems to be impossible to be d…

“Slow Learner” was the title of a novel by Thomas Pynchon, with a hefty dose of irony. I never thought I’d apply it to a self-anointed newspaper of record, The New York Times

Elections are kind of like a new school year. New faces show up. Fresh ideas are disseminated. Personalities emerge. Elections often teach us as much about the candidates' values as we learn about ourselves. In other words, elections serve as teachable moments.

“You are a human. Not an addict or an alcoholic, or any of the worst things you’ve ever done. Addiction is an experience, one of the many that can shape a life. It’s not unique. It’s not a flaw. It’s not even that interesting. It’s a natural human instinct to soothe, to connect, to experienc…

Families in nearly every neighborhood of our country have suffered because of the opioid and substance abuse epidemic. For years, the situation just seemed to get worse as addiction hurt more families. Kentucky has tragically been among the hardest-hit states. Thankfully, however, our years-…

An estimated 119,000 kids under the age of 18 in Kentucky today will ultimately die prematurely from tobacco use. This estimate may actually be low given that we are now in the middle of a youth tobacco epidemic, driven largely by the increase in e-cigarette use. More than one in four Kentuc…

If you’ve been following this column closely, over the last 38 years, you probably already know that I am an avid fall vegetable gardener. During most of those years, I’ve raised fall gardens and lived to write about it.

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It's easy to drift away from God and settle for an average and normal way of living and this is exactly what a personal revival is all about.

On June 8, 2019, the first national study of nurse suicide in two decades was published in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. Given the alarming statistics surrounding suicide within the scope of health professions, it’s no surprise nurses are at the forefront of such findings. The daily s…

One of my friends recently said that if a candidate could come up with a way to eliminate junk phone calls, he would be elected President. When I mention that to someone, they laughingly agree.

Remember several years ago when "road rage" became a major issue for drivers traveling along our nation's highways? There were numerous incidents of people becoming enraged over someone else's driving habits, often ending with physical altercations and sometimes brute violence that ended in …

The situation may have changed, by the time you read this, but, as of this September 9 writing, I am no longer taking daily insulin shots to control my affliction with diabetes and I’ve been off the stuff for six whole days. So far, so good.

HONG KONG -- The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai's home targeted one of this city's foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer's ongoing protest "a martyrdom movement" and "a last-straw movement." It has an intensity and dynami…

I am an on-call Chaplin at a local hospital a day or two a week; meaning I am to come to the hospital when called in for an emergency. Morning, noon and night whether I'm on the road, in my garden or sound asleep -- I am available with my trusty cell phone at my side. What a marvel!

I’ve been called many things in my life, some with a germ of truth and some with a full-blown head cold. But my favorite occurred in 2003, when the late New York Post editor and MSNBC editor-in-chief, Jerry Nachman, welcomed me on his show as “the so-called father of reality TV.”

We’re back to Blair Branch Grade School, after being so rudely interrupted by a three-day diabetes interlude at the hospital where the cafeteria food was decidedly superior to any food ever served at the Blair Branch School cafeteria.

I’m sure most of you heard about a couple of prominent Christian leaders who recently announced they are changing their mind about following the Lord and have decided to abandon their faith.

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It saved almost 10 minutes in our walk to school. But this short-cut through our neighbor’s pasture field had a potential snag – we had to cross through a barbed-wire fence. My two older brothers were skilled at pulling the barbed strands apart for an unhooked passage. Their zipping right th…

We’ve come to the fourth and last week of the Makeup Monologue, and I think I’ve saved the best for last. Or I should say the worst for last since, if misapplied, this kind of makeup can really make you look like a clown.

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It saved almost 10 minutes in our walk to school. But this short-cut through our neighbor's pasture field had a potential snag - we had to cross through a barbed-wire fence. My two older brothers were skilled at pulling the barbed strands apart for an unhooked passage. Their zipping right th…

If you are a regular reader of this column, you already know that I have had type 2 diabetes for over 10 years and that I’ve managed it with Metformin all this time. Our adult son has type 1 and he has been on insulin for over 30 years. Our 11-year-old grandson has been on insulin since he was 3.