‘Just one of them things.’ A phrase for good and bad, and death

BELMONT, Miss. (BNC) by Adam Cozort — I have the honor of speaking at the funeral of a kind-hearted and generous sister in Christ who passed on to her reward Sunday night, at age 87. Nothing came easy for Sister Norma Taylor.

She worked hard through many situations that would have brought down other people. She raised six children and two of her grandsons after they lost their parents. She was humble and generous, sometimes to a fault, but her love for her family and her fellow Christians was never questioned.

In the time that I knew her, Sister Norma had a phrase that she used regularly that truly embodied her approach to life. Continue reading “‘Just one of them things.’ A phrase for good and bad, and death”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

What I learned in a hospital room

HOOVER, Ala. (BNC) by Chuck  Webster — As a minister, I’ve visited hospitals a lot over the years, usually for a surgery or sickness that kept the patient in the hospital for a day or two, maybe longer. Occasionally, though, it’s different. Sometimes people are facing the day that in some sense they’ve always feared. Continue reading “What I learned in a hospital room”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘You’re not supposed to die at 17 months’

LINDSAY, Okla. (BNC) by Gantt Carter — On Saturday, Nov. 14, I attended the funeral service of Elizabeth “Ellie” Guinn Ince. She was born on June 3, 2014, and died Nov. 9, 2015. Her family lives in Lindsay and worships with the local congregation there.

You’re not supposed to die at 17 months. The joy of life should (especially) not be stolen from one so young and so innocent. I hate death, and I so long for its complete and final conquest one day. The apostle Paul writes, Continue reading “‘You’re not supposed to die at 17 months’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

2013 reflections: A woman’s death shows importance of doing God’s will

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Writer Janelle Williams

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (BNc) by Janelle Williams — As I reflect on 2013, one incident that happened this year stands out in my mind. A woman I met on Facebook contacted me and told me she wanted to learn more about God. She admitted to me she was concerned what her friends might think of her decision to change her life.

She and I talked about God and the importance of doing his will. She was receptive. Six days later, this woman drowned while taking a morning swim in the ocean! Continue reading “2013 reflections: A woman’s death shows importance of doing God’s will”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Chaplain in Afghanistan ponders ramp ceremony

By Capt. Anthony Holloway, Family Life Chaplain

In a recent sermon, a fellow officer delivered a message that made me sit back and think. Maj. Jerry Sayre said that one can tell a great deal about a person by looking at the things that bother him. In other words, those things that make us uncomfortable say a great deal about us. I find Maj. Sayre’s statement to be quite profound.

While conducting my first ramp ceremony, I found myself ill-prepared for the wave of emotion that swept over me. “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes as the fallen soldiers were slowly carried past a solemn line of their comrades. Continue reading “Chaplain in Afghanistan ponders ramp ceremony”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

The Psalms, the Psalms

by Warren Baldwin, minister, Ulysses, Kan., church

Today at about 12:30 noon I was typing notes on Psalm 109 for my term paper for Harding University Graduate School of Religion, when the phone rang. I was expecting my wife Cheryl to call and say she was home for lunch and I was to go join her. Instead, it was the high school saying there was an accident and they wanted all the ministers to come to the high school. Continue reading “The Psalms, the Psalms”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us