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A Season of WOW

WOW! Is that a word you use very often? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, “wow” is a Scottish word that was first recorded in the 1510s. It experienced renewed popularity in the early 1900s in North America and then again in the 1960s. In 1924, “wow” made it into the dictionary as a verb meaning “to overwhelm with delight or amazement.” more...

Heroes Without Capes

Did you see the animated Disney movie The Incredibles? It is a delightful pro-family movie about a family of semi-retired superheroes. The heroes have to come out of retirement to try to save the world, and they are looking for new, updated costumes. They meet with a special seamstress to the hero community who explains to them why she never designs a costume with a cape! After her impassioned speech about the risks of capes, even Superman might consider retiring his cape. more...

Second Chances and Good Graces

Have you ever wished you could have a second chance? I recently played in a golf tournament in Decatur that was a fundraiser for the Children’s Homes. The tournament was sponsored by the Morgan County Association of Realtors and was hosted at a beautiful golf course. I am not very good at golf. In fact, I am pretty bad at golf. However, at the registration table for this golf outing, you could buy a “Mulligan.” more...

Never Beyond Repair

There is a fascinating Japanese legend about a man named Ashikaga Yoshimasa, a Japanese general, who lived from 1436 to 1490. He once sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China for repairs. When the tea bowl was returned, it had been repaired with large, crude metal staples, which did not please the general. The general challenged his Japanese craftsmen to come up with a repair strategy that would be more aesthetically pleasing. His craftsmen took seriously this challenge and used lacquer mixed with powdered gold to repair the tea bowl. Yoshimasa was quite pleased. In fact, he found the cracked and repaired bowl to be even more beautiful than it had originally been! His craftsmen pleased him so much that word spread of their technique and resulted in a new art form called Kintsugi, roughly translated as “golden repair.” Kintsugi pottery became so popular that some individuals would intentionally break vases or bowls to have them repaired by Kintsugi artists! Here at your Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, we are focused upon serving children from hard places and leading them to experience hope and wholeness. more...

The Gift of Hospitality

Do you ever find it hard to believe how quickly the holiday season rolls around?  I was at lunch with some co-workers not too long ago and one of the ladies present said, “I love this time of year. It is the start of the holiday season.” But because this was early September, several people gave her an odd look, to which she replied, “Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then it’s Christmas time!” Holidays can be a very fun time.more...

A Super Season for Superheroes

When I was much younger, a friend of mine and I started a business. We would walk around our neighborhood, pulling his dad’s lawnmower behind us along with my dad’s rake, and we would offer to cut people’s yards. more...

The Marks of a Parent's Love

“Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2more...

Thank You, Social Workers!

Did you see the recent article about the college students from Iowa State University who visited Gulf Shores for their spring break? They were driving a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer that experienced catastrophic engine failure as they were trying to get back to their college. The article I read focused on the college students and their parents’ perception of the kindness of Alabama citizens who helped get these girls back home.more...

This Little Light

In C. S. Lewis’s classic novel The Magician’s Nephew, he states, “One moment there had been nothing but darkness; next moment a thousand, thousand points of light leaped out.” more...

A Few of My Favorite Things

I really enjoy the Holiday season. Each of my five senses is treated to favorite traditions during the holidays.more...

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