There: On a Campaign

There: On a Campaign

I want to raise sons who would leave an opportunity of a lifetime to be with their wives when their children are born. My wife and I are really into the NBC series “This is Us.” I mean, we kind of have to be. It’s about the Pearson family. The most...
Law vs. Heart

Law vs. Heart

In a recent conversation with an African American leader in the city of Franklin, he made a statement that gripped me: “The biggest failure of the civil rights movement was that legislation was changed while hearts weren’t.” Whoah. He went on to...
The Remarkable Ordinary

The Remarkable Ordinary

I recently finished Frederick Buechner’s The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life. I am fairly new to Buechner (pronounced “Binkner”) but am fast becoming a big fan. He is a master at helping his reader stop to pay attention to...
Fair Factor: What about the Fifty Dollar Guy?

Fair Factor: What about the Fifty Dollar Guy?

I’ve been reflecting on the beautiful story of the sinful woman in Luke 7. The one who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears. To reveal the heart condition of an observant self-righteous Pharisee, Jesus gives an everyday scenario anyone can understand. Two...
Reading While Black

Reading While Black

An objective for The Church at West Franklin in 2021 (and beyond) is for our church to embrace, love, learn from, and do life with those who have a different skin color. A tiny way we are moving in this direction is by having the staff ministry team read Esau...