• At Castalia in 2012, we had one black male and one black female turn 90. In 2013, we had four black females turn 90. So far in 2014, we’ve had one black female turn 90. And for the first time in our history, on […]

  • It is no idle saying when we call a burial plot a person’s final resting place. For those entrusted with the care of that plot to violate it through mutilation is a gross miscarriage of what is decent and just. To […]

  • “The wise man avoids meeting the angry bull.”

    — Yoruba proverb

  • This is a more complex question than it appears at its surface. While humanitarian considerations are in order, the hard, cold fact of business is that unrestricted charity will cause the vendor to be financially […]

  • Sports is big business for any city that goes into it on a major level. Many cities are actually on the map because of their sports franchise. For example, what else is Green Bay known for except the Packers? In […]

  • Personally, I have become more skeptical of people over the years. Perhaps it is a result of increased news coverage of people being scammed one way or another. Especially, the theft of identity seems to have […]

  • A favorite tradition of mine associated with holidays is family dinner. It has been a time even when family who live away come home. Hence, it is a time for warm and cherished memories of the past and loving […]

  • Commercialism is dominating American life in a destructive fashion. Sunday has become the most violent day of the week. People who fail to worship and have no sense of a holy hush, never cease to shop, buy, work, […]

  • When it comes to people committing suicide, one thing people of faith must not do is try and suggest that they are God. Suicide is not always predictable and therefore detectable. We must understand that we as […]

  • Wisdom. We desperately need to see the wisdom of unity and pulling together as a metropolitan area. This even includes north Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. As Memphis goes, so does the surrounding area. Beating up on each locale only makes us all losers. One of the primary reasons the United States has the world’s highest [...]

  • We definitely have a values crisis. The ironic thing is that many people’s selfish and individualistic stance is based on the atheistic philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand. On the other hand, what is condemned as godless socialism is actually the economy of the 1st Century Christian Church as detailed in the book of [...]

  • If you were addressing the nation on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the DAY AFTER the election, what would you say? What advice would you offer to your fellow Americans about the next four years? As Americans we need to be respectful of our leadership, even if we have a different point of view. No president should have [...]

  • How do you define dying well? Dying well is a very important and comprehensive topic. Everyone should consider it at some time. I got a first hand understanding when my sister’s grandson drowned one day after finishing high school in 1999. As I talked with her about this tragedy, she said to me, “I am grateful [...]

  • What are your views on the fact that Protestants are no longer the majority religion in the U.S.? My initial response is that this is proof that the United States is becoming more diverse. I see this as an opportunity to grow and expand beyond a parochial understanding of humanity and to see the infinitude of [...]

  • Memphis is the second most generous city in the country, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. According to the publication: “Religion plays a major role in how much money Americans give to charity. The parts of the country that tend to be more religious are also more generous.” Why is this true? [...]

  • What should Memphis City Council do? Are sexual orientation and gender identity an employment issue, a civil rights issue or a faith issue? Unlike many of my colleagues, I am unable to issue a blanket statement and say that we should not discriminate. The truth is everyone does it every day. We discriminate as to who [...]

  • Are you concerned about new voter ID laws? Are we doing enough to prevent fraud and other problems? How can we make voting as accessible as possible while still safeguarding the democratic process? This is a topic that I have very strong negative feelings toward. I see no merit in these ID requirements at all. If [...]

  • The tragic mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, coming just a few days after the tragic mass shooting at the theater in Colorado, continues a deeply disturbing American trend. Since 1976, the U.S. has averaged 20 mass shootings a year – including 30 in 2003. Why is America such a violent place? Why are [...]

  • What accounts for our such low and declining confidence in ‘the church or organized religion’? I am concerned by the unfavorable view that many people have of organized religion. Some of this may be attributable to well publicized scandals involving celebrity religious personalities, such as Jim Baker, Jimmy Swaggert, Henry Lyons, and Eddie Long.…[Read more]

  • Who/what is an American? What does America mean to you and your faith? Many times we Americans are tempted to complain about the government, taxes, and whatever else we find distasteful to our palate. Many of us are prone to blame our peculiar economic plight on the government. Certainly I would be the first to defend [...]

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