The Accent of Heaven (In Memory of Irma Jean Smith)

Today's post is written by Matthew Delaughter. Matthew and I have been friends since kindergarten, and it's a joy to serve alongside him as one of the pastors of Immanuel Community Church. Pillar. What comes to mind when I hear that word is not a column-like structure that supports a building. Rather, the word reminds … Continue reading The Accent of Heaven (In Memory of Irma Jean Smith)

Sorting Out Your Family’s Priorities

I grew up in rural Mississippi—a beautiful blend of cattle pastures, meandering brooks, and forests. For some, this sounds dreadful, but for me, it was a delight. Climbing trees, playing on hay bales, and conquering hordes of imaginary enemies lurking in the woods were the daily adventures of my childhood, and they are memories that … Continue reading Sorting Out Your Family’s Priorities

Are You Hearing or Understanding?

If you were to turn on the cable news, you would likely see the news anchor with a person on her right and left. These two individuals would be discussing today's hot-button issue, but they wouldn't really be discussing. It's more like talking at one another, a game scored on smug insults and sizzling one-liners. … Continue reading Are You Hearing or Understanding?