A Season of Hope V – A Hope in Life Abundant

    Author James Herriot writes, “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”Continue reading “A Season of Hope V – A Hope in Life Abundant”

A Season of Hope IV – A Hope in One Another

As most of you know, I am a bit nerdy with tendencies toward geekiness in some areas. It is a part of my personality formed many years ago in libraries and under trees and sitting propped up on my bed under the window with a cool breeze blowing over my head. This part of myContinue reading “A Season of Hope IV – A Hope in One Another”

A Season of Hope III – A Hope in the Mission

Patricius was born into a Romanized Celtic family of Roman Catholic clergy just before the beginning of the fifth century. His father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest from an otherwise unknown town of Banna Venta Berniae in the Cumbrian region.[1] By all accounts, Patricius grew up as a Roman with values andContinue reading “A Season of Hope III – A Hope in the Mission”

The Season of Hope II – The Hope of the Message

I remember the first email account I had that had nothing to do with business. It was a Juno email account, a basic, no frills sort of thing that allowed you to send and receive messages much like writing a letter. I used that for a while and then upgraded to AOL, which came withContinue reading “The Season of Hope II – The Hope of the Message”

Hoodoo and Other Things that Go Bump in Your Mind

The Deep South is a land of storytellers and superstitions. I think those two things are inevitable whenever you mix together several hundred years of history with dozens of cultural influences. Whether you hear tales of ghostly visitors, miraculous cures, or just plain weird things (Barbie Beach on Highway 16 in rural Georgia), there isContinue reading “Hoodoo and Other Things that Go Bump in Your Mind”

The Season of Hope I – The Greatest Hope

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was an academic, an Anglican minister, and vile. On May 24, 1738, Wesley had his rather famous “heartwarming” conversion where he felt he experienced the assurance of his salvation. This day marked a major event not only in the life of Wesley, but also in what would become theContinue reading “The Season of Hope I – The Greatest Hope”