• Discipleship

    Doubting Thomas

    Have you noticed the wide variety in personalities among people today? Some are extremely outgoing, and talkative, while others are shy. For some people the glass is always half full, for others it’s always half empty. While some are optimistic and positive, others tend to be negative, skeptical and pessimistic. Personalities were different in Jesus day as well, including among His followers. Peter, for example was extremely outgoing, positive and optimistic. On the other end of the spectrum was Thomas, whose name is often prefaced by the adjective “Doubting….” Peter Marshall labeled Thomas “the Galilean from Missouri.” Even today some people are extremely positive, and for them life seems filled…

  • Discipleship

    A Father’s Day Tribute

    One of the milestones in the month of June is Father’s Day. My father was one of the greatest influences in my life. Dad trusted Christ when I was seven, and he and I were baptized at the same service at Westwood Baptist Church near Birmingham. After serving in the U S Marines during World War II (The Black Sheep Squadron in the Pacific Theater, above), Dad spent 42 years working for the (Norfolk) Southern railroad. He began as a fireman, shoveling coal on steam engines, then was promoted to engineer. Dad was a hard worker, and put a lot of effort into his job. My brothers, my sisters and…