As preparation continued for another week of the NFL season last week, I saw a quote from Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield that rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not sure what exactly he meant by it but it didn’t the attention it should have gotten and it became a joke on ESPN talk shows.

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Jesus said to his disciples: "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl …

I love Christmas music, don't you? I especially love the songs about Jesus' birth. The classic carols and hymns are timeless testimonies to the fact "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." They have endured through the centuries because of their beautiful melodies and profound messages.

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It has already happened — the radio is playing “The Chipmunk Song.” Must be Christmastime.

I cannot be certain but since I have not seen a college football game from the time the Iron Bowl ended to the time I am writing this, I can only assume the season has ended and we can now move on to the hardwood. And yes, maybe I am a little bitter but I also just love basketball and the am…

The last couple of weeks have been tough for Alabama law enforcement. City policemen and county sheriff’s department personnel have been in the news for more than one incident or reason, and all of the occurrences were sorrowful in their own way.

Just few hours after Jesus had multiplied bread and fish for five thousand men, the disciples had already forgotten about it.

Using the north Alabama wedding of my music department colleague Melanie Perry as a starting point, I built a Thanksgiving week trip around the event and made opportunities to visit people and places on the journey.

The sixth annual Angling for Autism bass fishing tournament to benefit The Learning Tree in Tallassee and the Little HAPIE Tree in Auburn is planned for Saturday, Nov. 9. The tournament will take place at Wind Creek State Park in Alexander Ci…

A couple weeks ago, sports writer Caleb Turrentine penned a column about the potential environment of a high school basketball game. If the crowd is large and into it, it can be one of the best atmospheres around the sports world.

You know those moments in life when you run into somebody who knows your name and you struggle to remember theirs.  You find yourself struggling with personal pronouns in hopes that your mind will locate the name of the person, you are speaking with.  Those moments could be embarrassing for …

Last week, I conversed with Liz Britt, the president of the Friends of Tuckabatchee, which recently sponsored another presentation of “…And One Fire Still Burns,” a historical play about the visit of Shawnee warrior Tecumseh to the Muscogee Creek capitol of Tuckabatchee in 1811.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past few days, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip near the end of the first half of Saturday’s game at Mississippi State. By now, most people have found themselves on either side of the argument about whether Tagovai…

It probably has not taken long for anyone who reads my writing to know I prefer basketball to football. And yes, I know football season is still kicking with some major games but with the season starting on the hardwood this week, I thought it would be a good time to encourage all high schoo…

Ephesians 4:15-16 (CSB): “15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you live — not as unwise people but as wise — 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.”

I have lived long enough now to be aware technology is changing rapidly while the wisdom needed to do the right thing with any technology is timeless. Within every generation there are people who could provide beneficial advice to every generation that comes after them. But almost always eve…

As part of our retirement-age plans to take occasional go-at-our-own-pace trips to historical sites, the Missus and I are planning on visiting Charleston, South Carolina, soon to tour the Hunley exhibit. The discovery of the long-lost Civil War submarine in 1995 and its subsequent raising in…

Once upon a time many years ago there was a young preacher named Mike. He did not have much money and did not always spend what he had as wisely as he should have. When he needed a new suit, he liked to shop at a department store that carried nice clothing. Mike did not buy the more expensiv…

I spend most of my life in the sports world whether covering football, playing basketball or watching soccer. And as much as I love sports, there are some instances in all that time that can make me cringe.

There are a variety of phrases within Christianity that we often use to imply that God is “so hard to find.” We say that we are “seeking direction” or that we are “waiting upon the Lord” or that we have “sought the Lord” about a particular matter but we are not clear about a specific path to…

There are plenty of great things about high school sports but when it boils down to it, the outside support from a community can make or break a program at any level. I love seeing the number of parents in the stands for any sporting event but I love it even more when I see someone who has n…

Veteran rockers Cheap Trick recently brought their rollicking and relentless concert presentation to the stage of the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. The band originally germinated in Rockford, Illinois in the early ’70s and has occupied a unique niche in the pantheon of American rock mus…

There have always been little girls involved in my life. I remember very well when I was 5 years old and one afternoon in April my brother who was 10 ten years old told me to go outside and play. This didn't seem right because it was about the time most kids were going in for the night. We h…

One of the common themes in Scripture is holiness. God calls us in Leviticus 19:2, “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Hebrews 12:14 tells us, “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.

The last two seasons for the Wetumpka football have been two of the most successful seasons in the program’s history. But despite being one of the best teams in Class 6A across the state, there were some clear gaps between Wetumpka and the other top-tier programs.

There’s been a series of documentaries on an ESPN channel chronicling the history of college football to mark the sport’s sesquicentennial. It’s tempting to compare it to Ken Burns’ recent PBS country music epic, but whereas Burns’ eight-night series was more or less in chronological order, …

I've stood onstage at church thousands of times throughout the years, but I only remember one time when I was up there draped in a bath towel. Relax; I was young enough for it to still be cute.

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With a statewide fire alert in a place, a plume of smoke filled the eastern sky late Friday afternoon when a fire sparked on the outskirts of the Franklin community, putting local residents on guard.

I’ve been bought and paid for. How about you? All Christians have been ransomed, purchased and redeemed with the blood of Christ. Peter put it like this: “And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear through the time of y…

Funerals bring back memories and the other day a close friend of mine died. He had the ideal death; he went to church, came home for lunch, sat down in lounge chair with the TV on and died. It just can't be better than that.

I know I am late to the party in my praise for the Ken Burns “Country Music” documentary – Willie G. Moseley beat me to the Opry last week in his column.