It’s easy to find people who can express their opinions about the Bible while at the same time having a tight grip on the amount of their will they surrender to God. Sound familiar? In a controlled environment and at a comfortable distance many live their lives keeping God in a box and only …

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Today, my teacher’s desk is at home. As a result, I am staring out the window of my little office space and marveling at the fact that I have some extraordinary potted plants growing just inside the glass. They catch the sun in their emerald leaves and literally seem to glow.

In the pantheon of great American presidents, a few are always at the top. Lincoln usually comes to mind, then Washington, and Jefferson. In the 20th century, the president who makes every list is Franklin Roosevelt. What makes FDR interesting is that, unlike Lincoln, FDR was beloved in his …

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Just like shopping at Amazon, or filing your taxes online, or being virtually sociable through online media platforms, filling up involves cybersecurity risks in the modern era of technology. Sure, the mere use of a credit or debit card with all your related personal and financial data flyin…

I remember as a kid how the days seemed so long. I recall in the summertime after breakfast, I would shoot basketball until the sun became too hot, and then I would ride my bike to cool off.

It is about 11:30 a.m., and just moments before class resumes and I begin my lecture, I pick up a tattered book. It is the same book I use every time. I like the way the pages feel after a while. Over the years, they are earmarked and filled with annotations and sticky notes. The spine of th…

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Opinions, as we’ve been reminded in a most crass way throughout life, are like other things that each one of us possesses. I, for instance, am privileged each week to share my opinion with you in this column, and we should all relish in the fact that amongst those many things common to us al…

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I had just gotten in the door from work last Thursday night when my wife told me she might have some bad news. There were rumors swirling around but nothing officially confirmed. Then just a few moments later, we learned that it was in fact true that Kentucky Wildcat basketball player Terren…

For many years I’ve had the privilege to visit nursing homes as I truly enjoy spending time with the elderly. I sing and teach Bible studies and appreciate hearing about their former lives. The Lord has allowed me to make some precious friendships and I want to share with you about a lovely …

A little more than a year ago, none of us could have imagined anything like COVID-19. We went from gathering with family and friends anytime in our homes or at restaurants and working in traditional environments surrounded by co-workers to a complete shutdown overnight.

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Derby Day is near! I remind you what you already know. A couple hundred seconds before 7 p.m. (ET) Saturday the gates will open for the select equine exemplars. Then, a couple hundred seconds later history will include the newest winner of the Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race run cont…

Like you, I’ve been afraid a few times in my life. There are different types of fear and one is being afraid of something we believe is going to harm us. This is a paralyzing and dreadful feeling and one that I would like to stay away from if at all possible. Having a fear of the unknown is …

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As a seventh grade student I walked into the band room at Williamsburg City School with my mind made up. I intended to join the marching “jacket” band like my dad had in the late '70s. Dad had played the trumpet, my uncle Greg had played the drums, and my aunt Monica had played the clarinet …

Several years ago, my wife and I invested in a Craftsman lawnmower. We love it. Every now and then the little red tractor will break down or need a component replaced. When this happens, I enjoy fixing or replacing those weathered parts; I feel that manly satisfaction that comes from using m…

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I’m privileged and humbled by my surroundings. This is not to propose that my home office contains lavish, worldly tchotchkes or mementos of professional accolades. Quite the contrary as I scan the small area one could call a home office and its bankers boxes with scant Sharpie labels scratc…

They say in life there are only two certainties: death and taxes. However, if you really stop to think about it, there are a few more. There’s aging, writer’s block, and that inevitable rolling roadblock of midwestern drivers clogging up the left lane of the interstate. It always seems to me…

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I’m sure our baby Jaxson isn’t the first baby ever to have this habit, but now that he’s getting more and more mobile, we’ve found that he’d rather play with anything besides his toys, and he’d rather chew on anything besides his teethers.

The Christian life is difficult to understand. Generally speaking, the masses are satisfied with receiving a spiritual fish instead of becoming a fisherman as refusing to learn what God requires becomes an easy way to avoid responsibility. The motto of the default system is, “The less we kno…

We’ve witnessed a modern, medical miracle over the last twelve months. Multiple safe and highly-effective COVID-19 vaccines are helping Kentuckians put the pain and worry of the past year behind us. These doses are filled with hope and optimism, and I urge every eligible Kentuckian to get th…

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We’re now deeply ensconced in springtime. Flowering trees, the woods no longer transparent, the sounds of Harleys, baseball games, wildlife and insects. These and so much more denote the season of new life. All these sounds I enjoy while, frankly, autumn is my season of choice. I suppose loo…

Since COVID-19 arrived, measures to expand educational freedom and opportunity have been introduced in more than half the states in America – many of which already had some form of choice, including neighboring Indiana, where lawmakers expanded eligibility for an existing school voucher prog…

I grew up in the land of church bells and familiar hymns. Church homecomings and Sunday attire are still staples. Please know I love these sentiments, they are traditions that are precious to me. They are a huge part of who I am, they helped mold me.

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It felt like the overall excitement for the NCAA March Madness tournament was a little bit down this year since our Kentucky Wildcats had their worst season in history. However, that did not keep me from watching the games and following along with my bracket.

Have you ever made plans to do something, but it did not work out? I’m sure that most of us have. Disappointment is not a stranger, especially to those who are ambitious. There is no doubt the more a person tries to accomplish something, the more failures they will encounter. This does not m…

My desk has changed this week as my wife and I decided to meet some friends in Lexington. As I write this, it is 7 a.m. and I am sitting in a little nook in the corner of the lobby of a hotel. I like hotel lobbies. There is always a carafe somewhere in their midst, full of hot coffee. There …

Most of my life I’ve been drawn to unique and charismatic people. The type of people who march to the beat of their own drum. That hasn’t changed much well into adulthood. I still love a good comeback story. I root for the outlaws. I cheer on the underdog.

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Here’s what the dollar amount of the American Rescue Plan currently looks like: $2,250,000,000,000.00. In journalism and other intentionally styled writing forums a number in the millions or more isn’t often written with 12 zeroes, 10 if you want leave out the cents (not “sense,” wannabe pun…

Throughout history, no one has made a greater impact on this earth than Jesus Christ, yet many still do not understand who he is. During Christmas, people around the world acknowledge his birth was over 2000 years ago but actually he existed long before that. As the Son of God, Jesus is the …

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Gamification is a word. If it’s a word you’ve never read, used, or heard I’d caution against pronouncing and hearing it as “gam-ification,” such as in a noir novel’s way to describe a woman’s legs: “It’s them gams I tell’ya, not your mug, makin’ all the news!” I could’ve gone with the whalin…

Since special-interest groups pressuring legislators to raise Kentuckians’ taxes wouldn’t dare take a credible poll to find out what the average taxpayer thinks, let’s do one here using this question: How do you, as a hardworking Kentuckian, feel about the possibility of state lawmakers addi…

Many people around the world have heard of the Moron Brothers, (Michael Carr and Michael Hammond) who live in my hometown. Mike Carr is a good friend and I’ve actually performed music with him in church events and we are also members of a gospel quartet. As a dedicated Christian, he’s had so…

At 7 o’clock in the morning, the sky is still fairly dark as I amble into my classroom. I start the coffee machine in the English breakroom and sign on to my computer while I wait for that lovely black syrup to brew.

Although it was only a “short” session, this year’s iteration of the Kentucky General Assembly was an unprecedented assault on transparency and the constitutional guarantees of free speech and freedom of the press. As counsel for the Kentucky Press Association (KPA)—one of whom was a primary…

RICHMOND, Ky. — Even during these unprecedented times, the mission of Eastern Kentucky University as the School of Opportunity for students remains strong. Building upon this mission, we’re marking an exciting new chapter to support college affordability and student success.

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Don’t be alarmed or tempted to immediately discard your cavalcade of connected devices, but I need to report that another company had its security breached, got “hacked” as the word has now solidly come into vogue. You might think that you are next, and that very well could be. Know, however…

It is officially my favorite time of year. Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer, baseball is gearing up for the season with spring training games starting up, and madness can be found a plenty during the wonderful month of March.

It is not enough to know that God exists as the realm of darkness also believes that God is true. If we choose to live in the awareness of spiritual truth, we must go beyond historical knowledge and embrace the Creator personally. God is a living Spirit, and He desires that we become bonded …

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If you graduate high school, you’ll spend around 13 years from kindergarten through 12th grade earning your high school degree. Then some people will go on to spend another four years in school, while a few more will even spend four more beyond that, if you can believe it.

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