Tony Elder column
Did you hear the comment made by the mayor of one of the cities hit hard by the recent typhoon in the Philippines? Concerning this devastating event, he suggested, “God must have been someplace else.”
Tony Elder column
Tony Elder column
Last weekend, I attended a Christian Apologetics Conference. That doesn’t mean that I came back having learned a hundred different ways to say “I’m sorry” or “forgive me” with a more sincere, Christlike spirit. As many of you know, apologetics has to do with defending the faith.
We can testify to the same truth about Jesus. Our being delivered from spiritual and eternal death is due completely to Him and what He did for us. It’s all about Him and His sacrificial act of love on our behalf.
There are many good things we can do with our lives, some of which will give us a sense of meaning and usefulness. But we aren’t going to discover the true and greatest purposes of our lives apart from Jesus. We aren’t going to discover what we were made to do until we get our lives in line with the One who made us.
Recently, a couple of spare keys were made for the lock on the door of our church building. But when those new keys were tested, they didn’t open the door. Blame for this failure was naturally ascribed to the keys and to the individual who had cut them out.
I’ll admit that I’m not someone who often pays close attention to what people wear or their accessories. But recently I couldn’t help but notice the distinctive purse and shoulder strap of a lady I encountered. The strap was deep red with big black letters which repeatedly spelled the word “danger.”
Did you notice the date on today’s newspaper? It’s one of those occasional calendar occurrences some people emphasize – a Friday the 13th.
At its recent annual meeting, the association to which our church belongs did a rather strange thing — they elected me as their executive director. Some people have suggested that I did an even crazier thing by accepting that role in addition to my current pastoral responsibilities.
Road trip! What kind of a picture does that phrase bring to mind? Maybe you think of a family heading out for a week of fun at the beach. Or if you’re single, you might think of a wild and crazy adventure with several of your best friends.
A couple of years ago my church decided to leave the denomination with which it had been affiliated since its founding. I had also been part of that organization for most of my life. Therefore, it was not an easy decision for any of us.
“Papaw, can we ride on a bumpy road?” Such was the strange request coming from the backseat of my car. It originated from my 3-year-old granddaughter whom we were babysitting one Saturday. She asked that question as we were going to pick up a pizza for our lunch.
The first indication of a problem was after one of our recent rainstorms. A small branch had fallen on my driveway. As I picked it up I noticed that all the pine needles on it were already brown. When I looked up at the nearby large tree I was surprised to see other limbs beginning to have a similar unhealthy appearance.
Recently, I was reading an engagement announcement in this newspaper, primarily due to some familiarity I had with the local family of the bride-to-be.
Right foot blue. Left hand green. Left foot red. No, I’m not describing the appearance of my grandchildren after they’ve been allowed to use paint or markers, although such a portrayal is not out of the realm of possibility. Those aforementioned phrases are actually a few of the instructions which could be given to players in the game of Twister.
Several times recently I've happened upon a particular type of small creature. It seemed like it had been a long time since I had seen one, so I especially took note of these various recurring encounters.
As we celebrate the concept of liberty this week in relation to our nation, let's also take a moment to rejoice in the liberty that we possess through Christ.
Recently, I was sitting in a park observing Alice and the White Rabbit.
Cultivate good in your heart to overcome hatred. Did you hear about the special deal offered last weekend by a well-known chain of nurseries? I'm referring to the type of place that raises and sells plants, not the kind that takes care of small children.
Recently I thought of Jesus' words to His disciples when He told them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old" (Matthew 13:52).
We should allseek to improve our skills as students of God. It wasn't referred to as a graduation.
If you had driven by our church one morning recently, you might have seen the unusual sight of myself and another member of our congregation perched on the roof of our building.
Did you hear about the fight that broke out on Mount Everest a couple of weeks ago?
Recently, one of our daughters used our home for the purpose of holding a two-day garage sale. She considered it to be a better location for such an event than her residence.
Don't let external beauty distract you from God.
Ditching. the Lord's way leads to chaos. I've been enjoying watching Little League baseball games again this spring, as two of my grandsons participate in that pastime.
Last weekend I made it a point to steer clear of downtown Atlanta.
Bible promises transformation when earthly form quits.
"It just can't be.". "What can't be?". "Well, you can't be. You're gone."
Some stories always touch our hearts no matter how often we hear them. For example, can anybody watch the movie "Old Yeller" without being moved by it?
Recently, I was out and about with two of my grandsons when we stopped for lunch at a fast food restaurant.
Talk about a rude awakening. I guess you heard about the poor guy in Florida who was asleep in bed when a sinkhole opened up, swallowing him, his bed and practically the whole room.
Be like a lion and a lamb. Can you believe that the month of March is here already?
It's a big weekend for NASCAR fans as the Daytona 500 will be run. Danica Patrick made history by driving the fastest qualifying lap, making her the first woman to have the pole position for the race.
One of the top stories in the religious world this week has been the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month.
In the north Georgia town in which I was born, one of the main thoroughfares was known as Atlanta Highway.
Listen to God's word and allow Him to change you. I understand that a new television show premiered recently.
You never know what you might hear when you receive public prayer requests during a church service.
Recently some of the female members of our family took a little trip up to Cleveland, Ga. to Babyland General Hospital.
I know someone who recently revealed the good news that she is expecting her first child.
God loves us more than we know. Have you started taking down your Christmas tree yet?
A good friend of mine at a local nursing home passed from this life to be with the Lord last week.
"So close! So close!" That was the anguished cry of many of us in this area last weekend as one of our college football teams fell just short of achieving a significant victory.
One day last week I received a gift one of my daughters had promised me for my birthday a couple of months ago.