Will We Go Into the New Year With Jesus Still in the Manger?

As I thought about heading into the New Year and leaving the Christmas season behind, it struck me that it is, indeed, easy to “leave Christmas behind.” That thought brought to mind an old Larnelle Harris song that describes a son helping his father…

The Forgotten Part of the Christmas Story

Most Americans think they know the whole “Christmas story,” much like many Americans think of Thanksgiving as simply a time when the Pilgrims and Indians celebrated a good harvest season. They know Christmas celebrates Jesus being born in a manger,…

The Virgin Birth and the Modern Birth Certificate Problem

I doubt Bethlehem issued a birth certificate when Jesus was born, but His virgin birth might have presented a problem to some state’s health departments. In fact, the problem came to a head in court last week. State laws, like Tennessee’s, require…

Will the Trump Revolution Bring Real Change?

Several news headlines over the past week said the populist revolution against the Democratic and Republican establishment that swept Donald Trump into the Oval Office was spreading among European countries. The vote in Italy this week was demonstrative.…

Is the Trump Phenomenon Spreading to Europe?

A headline this week read, “Europe's Trump Moment: Countries See Rise of Populist Leaders Amid Anger Over Economy, Migrant Crisis.” In a nutshell, what the article posits is that what America experienced with the election of President Trump is not…

Will Trump’s Election Bring About Real Thanksgiving?

Since Mr. Trump’s election, we seem to have been in the midst of an escalating shouting match about any number of things, including income inequality and capitalism. That’s why I’m glad Thanksgiving falls on the heels of the election. It gives Christians…

Hoodwinked No More: How to Drain the Swamp

As much as Donald Trump’s “Make America Great” appealed to many Americans, “Drain the Swamp” had more appeal to me. It will be hard to make America great again if the congressional swamp is not drained. I did some digging and found out how to…

Mr. Trump and Tennessee’s Legislators Need My Wife’s Advice

Soon after I got elected to the Tennessee Senate, my wife, Linda, gave me some blunt, good advice. It’s the same advice I hope someone will give to President-elect Trump, and it’s advice I’m going to give to our legislators in Nashville. The…

Holy Cow. Is the Attorney General Full of Bull?

This week I couldn’t help but think of our state’s Attorney General when I drove by the cattle farm I pass on my way home. And I thought, "Holy Cow! Our Attorney General is full of bull." I’m not referring to the Attorney General as a person,…

Tennessee’s Attorney General: ‘Winning’ the Battle, Losing the War

Not long ago I again watched the Bridge on the River Kwai. I couldn’t help but think of that movie when I was on the other end of the Tennessee Attorney General’s latest abandonment of our state’s prerogatives under the Tenth Amendment. The movie…

Would Rahab Vote for Trump?

Last week I was discussing with a good friend whether Christians could vote for Donald Trump. He noted that many Christians supporting Trump do not give him a scriptural analysis in response to the objections to Trump’s moral character. I sensed his…

Is Trump Destroying or Refining the 'Religious Right'?

The Trump campaign has created a tension, if not a crisis, among evangelicals. Last week a noted evangelical wrote in what some might have described as a gleeful tone that Trump’s nomination would be the demise of the “religious right.” It sparked…