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Take the Shot: How Church League Basketball and the Preaching of Adrian Rogers can Prepare You for Combat and Life

“I am ordering you to take the shot!” rang in his ears. As a U.S. Army sniper on overwatch protecting his comrades, Andy knew that lives were at stake on both sides. But Andy had the best view of the situation and something “didn’t feel right. . . .” Reconnecting Recently I sat down with Andy, a family friend and one of my former basketball players. Andy grew up at Bellevue Baptist Church under the preaching of Adrian Rogers, and I coached him in youth sports at the church. I had not seen him in years, and as we caught up on life this particular afternoon, time sped by as…

An Occurrence ​​at the Greenville Bridge: 2018 Annual Race Report

Author and Civil War veteran Ambrose Bierce (June 24, 1842-circa 1914) wrote stories which did not require a predictable or even a happy ending. My favorite Bierce short story is An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, written in 1890. This story opens with a man named Peyton about to meet his demise on a bridge at the hands of Yankee soldiers. Peyton recounts escaping and returning home to his wife and children when, suddenly, he experiences a sharp pain and a blinding flash of light. At this point the shocking and surprising end of the story becomes clear. Taking my cue from Bierce, I now feel free to…

Die Freude am Laufen: The Joy Of Running

One unexpected benefit of teaching at the Theological Seminary of the Rhineland was the chance to run the trails of the forestland that surrounds the school. I mean, who doesn’t want to travel to exotic and historic lands and run around in woods that you have never seen before? No worries, after all, I had a map. Also, I was a few weeks away from running in the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon, and I needed to get in some miles to keep up my training. And on top of that, who knew what surprises nature might have in store for me in the deep woods of Germany? Geländelaufen:…

Rockabilly Raus: The Universal Language of Music

Autoreise/Road Trip It all started with the road trip. Well, it was my idea to see some sights but he picked the locations. We were searching for Martin Luther, the monk whose 95 Theses nailed to the church door at Wittenberg (now called Lutherstadt Wittenberg) launched the Protestant Reformation. I mean, you can’t go to beautiful Germany without seeing some of the sights, right? Our search for Luther first took us to Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Among other things, this is the birthplace of composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). His statue guards the historic marketplace. When I play trombone in the Messiah orchestra this December I can…

Neues Leben (That’s New Life for You and Me)

The Place: Wölmersen (It’s Near Altenkirchen If That Helps) What if I were to tell you that a major evangelistic ministry, a nation-wide sports ministry, a sports-themed hotel, and a theological seminary could all be found near a small village in the western part of Germany. And the person used to begin all of this had an incredible testimony of God’s saving grace. It is true. Trust me, I have been there. The beautiful village of Wölmersen sits in the Altenkirchen district in the western part of Germany. While the reputation of the town may not be widespread, an amazing ministry and school reside there. The ministry, called Neues…

The 8th of November: Heroes Among Us

Left: Henry B. “Sonny” Tucker, US Army (Ret.); Callsign “Stonedeer;” Nicknamed by his men “Big Tuck.” Right: Chaplain (Maj.) James Hutchens I have only known Bro. Sonny Tucker as a pastor (and one of my pastors while serving with Adrian Rogers at Bellevue Baptist Church) who faithfully cares for his flock and for years faithfully taught his Bible Study Class each week. It takes a lot of skill and experience to be a good pastor and protect the flock, but I had no idea that Bro. Sonny had served as a different kind of shepherd once upon a time. 8 November 1965 War Zone D, somewhere south of the…

Concerto No. 1 in A Sharp Major

The Musician Laura Spradlin survived a car wreck and a traumatic brain injury in 2014. After eleven surgeries she saw the Lord put her life back together and now plays basketball in college for the Ouachita Baptist University Lady Tigers. Majoring in music, she has decided to focus on music therapy to make a difference in the lives of special needs children. This Summer she teaches music at a school for such children, many of whom are autistic. First Day at School Tammy Mullins started a special school, for special children. Some of the children at the school have been bullied in other settings. Their first day at any…

Mysterious Shelby Farms: The Case of The Hidden Hospital

Shelby Farms Park covers over 4,500 acres in Memphis, Tennessee making it one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The land has hosted everything from a commune in the 1800s to a penal farm. For fifteen years I have run the roads, trails, woods, and wetlands in baking heat and bitter cold. The stories, rare photos, and never-before-seen videos are mine. You do not need to believe what I am about to tell you, you only need know that I was there. Hidden Treasures What if I were to tell you that a place exists, known only to trail bikers and runners of the deep…

Mysterious Shelby Farms: The Case of the Vacant Vikings

Shelby Farms Park covers over 4,500 acres in Memphis, Tennessee making it one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The land has hosted everything from a commune in the 1800s to a penal farm. For fifteen years I have run the roads, trails, woods, and wetlands in baking heat and bitter cold. The stories, rare photos, and never-before-seen videos are mine. You do not need to believe what I am about to tell you, you only need know that I was there. Who Discovered America? Apparently modern research, a survey of ancient maps, archaeological digs, and DNA testing have conclusively proven that EVERYBODY discovered America….

Mysterious Shelby Farms: The Case of the Paranoid Predator

Shelby Farms Park covers over 4,500 acres in Memphis, Tennessee making it one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The land has hosted everything from a commune in the 1800s to a penal farm. For fifteen years I have run the roads, trails, woods, and wetlands in baking heat and bitter cold. The stories, rare photos, and never-before-seen videos are mine. You do not need to believe what I am about to tell you, you only need know that I was there. That Certain Feeling You know that feeling. You are being watched. It is really more than a feeling, more like a sensation. The…

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