Entries by David Fowler

Why I May Never Say ‘Merry Christmas’ Again

With today’s encapsulation of stories about schools banning certain Christmas songs and Christmas-related words and images, I couldn’t help but think about the protests in recent years over the shift from “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.” I get that for many these things are a lament about the increasing secularization of our culture and that […]

Criminal Justice Worldview Reform

Governor-elect Bill Lee and various state legislative leaders want to work on criminal justice reform, but real reform will require a change in worldview. For example, over the centuries, the emphasis in criminal law has shifted from vindication of the victim through restitution and financial penalties paid to the victim to vindication of the law […]

Criminal Justice Reform on Tennessee’s Agenda

Governor-elect Bill Lee and various state legislative leaders have voiced an interest in working on criminal justice reform during the next legislative session. This is not a topic that I would normally wade into, but it points to what I perceive to be a systemic issue in “reform” efforts in modern politics. Understanding How the […]

How to Pray for Bill Lee

The Apostle Paul reminds us to pray for those in authority, and so we should. But often we don’t know if there is something specific for which we should be praying. That’s particularly true at the state level and particularly when the Legislature is not even in session. But our governor-elect, Bill Lee, is right […]

Don’t Separate Thanks From the Giver

Thanksgiving, for many, is just a time for friends and good food. For others, it’s a time to be thankful for all the things we enjoy, beyond the food on our table and friends, more basic things like shelter, clothing, and income that allow us to get along in this life. And we should be […]