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On the Jericho Road · 2d ago

Some Brief Observations on Judeo-Christian Values

We hear the phrase “Judeo-Christian values” from time to time, often from the mouths of politicians seeking to curry favor with some gullible or misguided audience. It might set you to ...
On the Jericho Road · 1W ago

Fifty-Nine and Not Holding

Now hear this: I turned fifty-nine a few days ago. Math was never my strong suit, but I’m pretty sure that’s one less than sixty. I’ll hit that milestone next year, Lord willing. I’ve re...
On the Jericho Road · 2W ago

Loving Our Neighbors

I’ve been thinking about what it means to love someone. Jesus said that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves. So I reckon if we’re going to love somebody that way, we need to ...
On the Jericho Road · 4W ago

Forty Years of Rings

It was about this time of year in 1977 that I returned to Mercer University for my senior year. A girl named Debra Johnson returned for her junior year. She came back to Macon wearing the en...
On the Jericho Road · 1M ago

Big Bang, Big Crunch, Big Bang

(A sermon based on 51:1-6; Matthew 16:13-20. Preached at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Macon, GA on August 27, 2017) Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state Then nearly fourte...
On the Jericho Road · 1M ago

Random Thoughts After Charlottesville

1.  "Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8).       2.  Legend has it that a relative of mine named Edmund Ruffin fired the first shot on Fort Sumter. I vis...
On the Jericho Road · 2M ago

Knee-Jerk Reactions

I was recently working on a story in the Gospel of Matthew (14:13-21). Jesus has just learned of the execution of John the Baptist, his kinsman and forerunner. He understandably wants to be ...
On the Jericho Road · 2M ago

A Letter to Our Grandson

Dear Sullivan, Welcome to the world! I am so glad you are here. I hope you will be free to become the best possible version of who you are meant to be and of who you want to be. You ...
On the Jericho Road · 3M ago

Perfect Mistakes

The other day I was listening to the excellent Georgia Public Broadcasting program On Second Thought. As Athens-based singer/songwriter T. Hardy Morris talked about the 1959 song “Try Me” by...
On the Jericho Road · 3M ago

We and They

We ain’t going anywhere. Neither are they. “Who is ‘we’ and ‘they’ in those statements?” you might be asking. Well, “we” is whoever we are and “they” is whoever they are. “We” is tho...