Madison County seems to have a problem with homophobia. Over a recent weekend, a gay couple who live in Madison recorded a car load of James Clemens High baseball players riding by and shouting slurs at the couple’s home. The video, which was recorded on an outside security camera, was uploa…

Two weeks ago my brother, who lives in Birmingham and is eight years older than me, was in the hospital with a heart problem. Until a few years ago I was the one with heart problems and otherwise fair health (other than back problems). He was the exact opposite. Now he has trouble with the t…

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My great musical talent has never been appreciated except by little children. As pastor of Frazer, they always cut my microphone off as soon as there might be a song in which I would join in singing. But we had a weekday kindergarten of over 400 4- and 5-year-olds. At chapel every Friday mor…

On medical marijuana, listen to doctors, not Steve Marshall. Deaths from opioid overdoses in 2018: 47,600. Deaths from marijuana overdoses in all recorded history: 0.

Even though there are more Baptists than Methodists in Alabama, historically Methodists have held more of the prominent political posts in the Heart of Dixie. If you look closely at these leaders’ lives, a good many of our leaders have been sons of Methodist ministers.

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia allow for the medical use of marijuana. Recreational use is legal in 11 states and another 15 states have decriminalized possession of the drug.

The people of Israel had become slaves to the Egyptians. God raised up a leader – Moses – to free them and lead them to the promised land. Moses was probably a Methodist because he made many excuses as to why he could not do what God wanted him to do!

Our presidential primary in the Heart of Dixie is less than two months away. We vote on March 3, 2020. President Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee. It is a foregone conclusion that Trump will carry Alabama in the November General Election.

The House voted to impeach President Donald Trump, but they have yet to actually impeach him simply because the Articles of Impeachment have not been delivered to the Senate, at least as of the day of this writing - January 6. The House has the sole constitutional power of impeachment, which…

Is Christmas over? December 25th has passed. The gift swapping, parties, cooking, and family get-togethers are now behind us. Some people have heaved a sigh of relief. It is over! Others will begin the task of fighting the crowds to exchange gifts received for the proper size, design, color,…

As the new year begins, so does a Presidential election year. For several decades, in fact for most of the twentieth century, Alabamians were more interested in state and local politics than presidential politics. In fact, from 1901 through the 1950’s there were more people voting in a Democ…

We are just two months out from the 2020 primary elections on March 3. I’m ready to predict Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will finish one-two in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race and will face off again four weeks later in a runoff on March 31 to determine who will challen…

Early in my 36-year ministry at Frazer, our youth presented a living Nativity scene in front of the church property. People could circle the three church buildings while listening to Christmas music and see the Christmas story. The living Nativity scene was just inside the circle close to th…

As is my tradition, as the old year comes to a close, I like to pay homage to legendary Alabama leaders who have passed away. We lost some legends in 2019.

Congress recently raised the legal age for adults to buy products containing nicotine to 21. This would be a first as the Federal government, until this week, did not set the age at which adults can legally purchase tobacco products, but rather leaves that to the States. Where are the vocife…

For patients and families struggling to keep up with the high cost of health care, surprise medical bills can often be the last straw. In order to alleviate the burden facing so many Alabamans, Congress must do something to end this unfair billing practice. Just as importantly, lawmakers mus…

Famous former television news anchor, Tom Brokaw, wrote an iconic book entitled The Greatest Generation. The 1998 book chronicles the unique character of a generation of Americans. Brokaw attempted to capture the unselfish contribution of our World War II Americans who built our marvelous country.

Tyranny is defined as any sole ruler who is not required to give an account of himself, and who rules over subjects all equal or superior to himself to suit his own interest and not theirs. Sound familiar?

I heard about a group of ladies who were in a Bible study. They came to a verse in Malachi 3:3 which says, “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” No one seemed to know what that meant, so one lady volunteered to find out during the next week.

One of the really good guys in Alabama government took over the reigns as President of the Alabama Association of County Commissioners this summer. Henry County Probate Judge and County Commission Chairman, David Money, is an extremely outstanding and quality leader for his beloved Henry Cou…

Once again, let me issue the disclaimers. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I voted for my write-in candidate. I am not a member of any political party and I hate all political parties. I hold close to my mind and heart the words of James Madison… “All men having power ought…

We are less than three months away from the election for our number two U.S. Senate Seat. The winner of the Republican Primary on March 3, 2020 will be our next U.S. Senator. Winning the GOP Primary for any statewide office in a presidential year is tantamount to election in the Heart of Dixie.

There is no doubt that you have heard it before. The only thing constant is change. It’s hard to accept, or it is for me, especially as I get older. I really don’t like changes, especially if it is a major change in my life. Quite often the little things are a big deal to me.

David was a great leader. God told him to build the temple. He called all the leaders to Jerusalem to share with them the vision. You see four areas of his leadership in radical generosity.

Qualifying has ended and the players are in place for next year’s elections. It is a Presidential year. It is up in the air as to who will be the Democratic presidential standard bearer. President Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee.

It is the time of year to put aside political differences and petty bickering and welcome extended family and friends into our homes and around our dining tables. ’Tis the season we force a smile and have a drink with that uncle who isn’t wearing his Make America Great Again cap only because…

One of the first black models to gain global stature was Naomi Campbell. At age 49, she has managed to maintain a legendary career even though she has to compete in an industry with women half her age. She has learned how to deal with rejection and discrimination. She said, “I’ve been told s…

The attorneys working for indicted Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely didn’t mince words Tuesday afternoon, following Blakely’s arraignment: They’re hoping the Alabama Supreme Court saves their client.

It isn’t often that Congress can pass landmark bipartisan legislation that will have a real, positive impact on Americans across the country. But thanks to hard work from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as support from the White House, Congress has the opportunity to do just th…

The weakest man in America is running for U.S. Senate in Alabama. Jeff Sessions, surprising no one, formally announced his intentions to run for his old Senate seat during an interview on Fox News Tuesday night.

Early speculation on the 2020 U.S. Senate race had state senator, Del Marsh, listed as a potential GOP aspirant. He considered making a plunge into the Special Election contest for Jeff Sessions’ seat in 2017 but opted out.

A few tears have been shed over the past week. I’m sitting here now having just returned from taking my brother Jeremy and 7-year old nephew Xander to Birmingham to catch their flight home to Denver after an enjoyable visit. Our sister Jenny flew in last month for a few days, and brother Jam…

It was a historic day in Montgomery on Tuesday, October 8th. Was it the history I was hoping to make? No. Was it the history that Montgomery resoundingly chose? Yes.

Dr. David Bronner has marked his place in Alabama political and governmental history. He has headed the revered Retirement Systems of Alabama Pension Funds for 45 years. When Bronner took his present job with RSA, the Retirement Systems had approximately $500 million of funds. Today RSA has …

After 9/11 the mantra of “Never forget” surfaced. The purpose of the mantra was to keep in the forefront of our minds the events of that terrible day. I agree with the mantra and the idea that we should never forget that infamous day.

When we get up every morning we have two choices. We can either look back at yesterday or we can look forward to the day in front of us. Yesterday might have been either good or bad, but it shouldn’t ever determine what’s going to happen today. If it was bad, quit looking at it. If it was go…

We have two men who were elected to statewide constitutional offices last year, who seem to be doing a good job. They are both working quietly and diligently in their new posts.

For my entire adult life I have heard countless candidates for political office say the same thing over and over again…

One of the hot topics of discussion today is how we can help people live longer. Between 1900–2003, the average life expectancy of the US rose from 49 up to 78 years. That’s almost a 60% increase. People are living longer. Singapore boasts the world’s longest life expectancy—84.8 years.

It’s hard to adequately describe what happened at Saturday’s meeting of Alabama Democrats in Montgomery and do justice to the overwhelming and all-encompassing chaos and silliness that took place.

Montgomery, unique for its recognition as both the Cradle of the Confederacy and the Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, last week overwhelmingly elected our first black mayor in the city’s 200-year history.

I often have people say to me “I just don’t feel the presence of God in my life” or “I oftentimes wonder if God is with me” or “How can I know that God’s presence is real?”