The Smell Test By Neil Boggan

The Smell Test By Neil Boggan

We all have performed a smell test at least once in our lives. We have smelled an item of food such as milk to see if it’s spoiled. We have smelled a baby’s bottom in order to discern if the child has had a bowel movement. We have even smelled a piece of clothing that...
Red and Yellow, Black and White By Carmen Anderson

Red and Yellow, Black and White By Carmen Anderson

My dad loves to tell the story about a time when I was perhaps 4 years old and I wandered into the den on a Friday night while he was watching a boxing match. He said that I stood there for several minutes observing the boxers and then turned to him and asked, “Daddy,...
Pandemic Ramblings, Part 2: The Southern Cross By John N. Avis

Pandemic Ramblings, Part 2: The Southern Cross By John N. Avis

When you see the Southern Cross for the first time You understand now why you came this way ‘Cause the truth you might be runnin’ from is so small But it’s as big as the promise, the promise of a coming day . . . Think about how many times I have...
Reflections on Hamilton’s Unafraid By Dr. Jim Lewis

Reflections on Hamilton’s Unafraid By Dr. Jim Lewis

Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid was published in 2018, two years before the COVID-19 pandemic.  Its subtitle,” Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times,” captures a message that resonates with this summer of discontent.  Hamilton, pastor of the largest Methodist...
Be Still and Know that I Am God By Joe Livesay

Be Still and Know that I Am God By Joe Livesay

As I reflect on the past weeks a few insights come to mind.  It was March 24, 2020, that Jim Strickland, Memphis mayor, declared a “shelter in place” policy for Memphis.  At that time I think I was like most people.  What will this mean?  How long will it last?  I had...

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