Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • 0

In his first letter to the church of Corinth, the Apostle Paul gives a closing exhortation to the spiritual leadership. He tells them to, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13 KJV).

  • 0

Faced with a massive revenue shortfall and a second Senate relief package nowhere in sight, localities are expected to continue cutting jobs and vital services in a desperate attempt to balance their budgets. Local governments across the country have already cut upwards of 1.5 million jobs, …

  • 0

In case you missed it, Donald Trump’s new target is one of America’s oldest and most necessary institutions — the U.S. Postal Service.

Thursday, August 06, 2020
  • 0

Yay or Nay? Practically every decision on the House floor is binary: you’re either for it all or against it all. In late July, the House considered the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill that directs policy and spending plans for the Defense Department.

  • 0

As a Christian leader, I often reflect on the spiritual climate of our nation and specifically, the spiritual wellness and the depth of faith of today’s Christians. I recognize that this generation has innumerable opportunities that Christians historically have not had. There is a litany of …

Thursday, July 30, 2020
  • 0

As I was watching the news the other evening, I was unnerved by the behavior of many fellow citizens across this great land. The lawlessness, hatred and violence was disconcerting. We are witnessing the worst possible crimes being committed within our boarders upon one another. We have taken…

  • 0

COVID-19 provides a stark reminder that affordable housing is a public health issue as well as a moral imperative. When households cannot afford their rent, they cannot afford to shelter in place or self-isolate, which puts them and everyone else at greater risk.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
  • 0

Regret in life can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of scarred people who struggle daily with their past and the recollection of failures, sins and/or missed opportunities. The root of bitterness settles deeply within the soul and poisons the spirit. The ball and chain of life’s conseq…

Thursday, July 16, 2020
  • Updated
  • 0

We are living in a time of unprecedented circumstances. Sadly, this is not Norman Rockwell's America! The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked our world with a virus that has taken thousands of lives, slowed commerce, shut down businesses, delayed school assemblies, prevented athletic competition an…

  • 0

As COVID-19 infections surge across the US while falling almost everywhere else in the world, our lawmakers seem intent on acting like this pandemic is simply over. Right now, congressional Republicans are plowing ahead with plans to let the additional $600-dollar boost to state unemployment…

Thursday, July 09, 2020
  • 0

The Fourth of July weekend was just upon us and this year’s celebration across the nation had a different tone. The violent protests with calls for defunding police departments; the “cancel culture” movement and the occupation of city property has us all alarmed. Our nation that celebrates t…

  • 0

Earlier this year, I sent out a questionnaire to registered voters in my district to collect responses to issues before the Tennessee General Assembly. These responses are an important tool used to help determine how citizens in the district feel about various issues. Between the online and …

  • 0

As I write this, it has been 113 days since the first COVID-19 case was identified in my home county. Within an hour, the school system announced schools would be closed for two weeks in order to give classrooms a thorough scrubbing. Little did we know.

  • 0

Don’t give in that you cannot do any better. You can do better if you put your mind to doing better. If you give up then you don’t have a chance. The only people who do better and go forward are those who try. Everyone has the freedom to try.

Thursday, July 02, 2020
  • 0

For several weeks, my colleagues and I have been examining ways to address historic revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time, balancing our state budget and continuing to effectively address the needs of Tennesseans.

  • 0

The economic conditions of our state are certainly not where we expected when the calendar year began. Our state had the potential to do some great things this year for public education and for our students. Unfortunately, our state was hit by a global pandemic. A literacy initiative was wel…

Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • 0

Our spirits are stirred as we watch in dismay the lawlessness that has swept our nation. The catalyst was George Floyd’s death at the hands of a law enforcement officer. Law-abiding citizens of all races, sexes and creeds must be committed to equal justice under the law. Overcoming prejudice…

Thursday, June 18, 2020
  • 0

There is so much for each of us to be grateful for. God has been good to Christians, and we can thank Him for His lovingkindness.

  • 0

Too many policymakers merely throw around the concept of virtual education, without acknowledging the real challenges faced by districts to enact such a transition. The pace in which our schools and districts moved during this COVID-19 crisis was unprecedented in American education history. …

  • 0

The United States Senate is considering the most important conservation legislation that we’ve had in half a century, the Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation has the strong support of President Trump, the last six Secretaries of Interior, over 800 sportsmen and conservation groups, …

  • 0

Last week my wife said, “Remember when we used to go to the movies?” It really hasn’t been that long ago, but it sounded like one of those horse and buggy chats from the olden days. “Movin’ pictures? Like in one of them there aero-condition thee-a-ters?”

  • 0

The episode began in familiar circumstances: A white police officer stopped a black man. Whether it was called the Watts Riot or the Watts Rebellion, what followed the arrest of 21-year-old Marquette Frye for drunk driving in the summer of 1965 was six days of violence in Los Angeles, the de…

Thursday, June 11, 2020
  • 0

As we have all witnessed the social unrest across our nation, we cannot help but be alarmed. The death of George Floyd has generated marches, rioting, violence and murder. The demands for justice are being echoed through the streets as citizens of every socio-economic status, race, gender an…

Thursday, June 04, 2020
  • 0

It was in the Gospel of Matthew that Jesus made a personal appeal to the Jewish people after being rejected as Israel’s king. His appeal to the people was to, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heaven laden, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am me…

  • 0

Some of the nicest people I’ve known have been police officers from county to state to city cops. I have some dear friends who wear badges and they are good people.

  • 0

Last week during a routine arrest Minneapolis police officers knelt on George Floyd’s neck for several minutes, finally killing him. This act fits a long and too-frequent pattern of incidents where police use substantial and often lethal force for minor offenses (in this case, police were ca…

  • 0

As we prepare to rebuild from the devastation wrought by the pandemic, we will need to summon solutions that match the magnitude of the moment.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
  • 0

As healthcare providers, patient wellbeing is our chief concern every day of the year. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, part of how we kept our community safe was limiting elective and non-urgent procedures at Trousdale Medical Center (TMC).

  • 0

The COVID-19 quarantine has made many Americans realize how much they miss their church. While live streaming is available on Facebook, YouTube and ministry websites, nothing compares to assembling together to worship in your own building. Consider those church members who do not have iPhone…

Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • 0

When I was growing up, I was able to witness the long hours my father worked in his job. My father was a lifelong salesman. In the earlier part of my life he sold insurance, actually beginning his career canvassing for buyers door to door. Later as he acquired a large base of clients, he wou…

  • 0

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own li…

  • 0

We are all navigating uncertain times. We don’t know when life is going to resume as normal. For most of us, that leaves unanswered questions and worries about the present and the future. Amid lost jobs, illness, closed schools, medical bills and more, the last thing you want to worry about …

  • 0

Our nation is polarized. Some people want to completely reopen the country to save our jobs and the economy, while others do not want to reopen because a few dozen infected Americans in early March has led to over 1.5 million becoming infected (and nearly 90,000 deaths), so they worry about …

  • Updated
  • 0

By their own standards, the House Democrats’ Round 4 “rescue package” is a flop. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set herself up to fail by instructing her caucus and surrogates to insist that Congress prioritize testing, testing, and more testing in future rounds of coronavirus response funding.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Thursday, May 07, 2020
  • 0

I wish Mom were still here so I could take her out to Sunday dinner. The problem with Sunday dinner this Mother’s Day is that most of the restaurants either won’t be open yet or operating under new guidelines.