Features: Columns

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Living in between

This entire year has been one of transitions for me. On New Year’s Day I visited, prayed with and said goodbye to my grandmother, knowing I would not see her again in this life. She went home to be with the Lord one week later.

Nov. 14, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

A lesson from Job

One of my favorite books in the bible is the book of Job. Largely because when I go through trials it helped me to understand that suffering is an everyday occurrence, but as long as God is in the trial, the test is easier to bear.

Nov. 09, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

The power of volunteers

A new 4-H year began in October, which gives us time to reflect on the giant successes of the 4-H youth development program here in Vance County. Over the past year we have served more than 500 youth through summer fun activities, school curriculums, afterschool curriculums and various other 4-H activities. Our youth continue to demonstrate that goodness does grow in Vance County.

Nov. 07, 2014 @ 07:48 PM

Place your worries in God's hands

Like many people my age, I have vivid memories of the events from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Just 10 days after those horrific attacks, I got on a plane with my wife and children and moved to the Philippines. For the next 12 years we served there as missionaries, only returning to the U.S. for short visits over the years. We kept up with the news and knew about things happening back here in our home country, but it wasn't the same as living here.

Nov. 02, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Market research essential to farming success

It’s a wonderful thing to own land, whether an acre or a thousand. And it’s easy to imagine the potential of all that productive soil just sitting there, waiting to spring forth with a bounty of money-making crops.

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 05:49 PM

Lessons from 'High Noon'

In our home if “High Noon” is on the television then it doesn’t matter what else is on! It is one of my favorite westerns that the rest of the family also loves, or so they pretend! Why is this movie such a classic? Is it the Oscar winning performance? Is it the real-time cinematography? I think the real answer lies in the noble ideals in the storyline such as justice, honor, duty, conviction and courage — qualities that symbolize the American spirit.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

Jesus is preparing a place for us

Fall has arrived. The leaves are changing colors. Football is back. The mornings are cooler. Football is back — oh, I think I already mentioned that one. And this is the season when most churches celebrate homecoming.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 09:07 PM

Finding space to reconnect

It was family reunion time again. This year, instead of a large luxurious house facing the ocean on the outer banks — a house filled with electronic options — we went camping.

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Teaching your child manners and respect

We live in a fast-paced world. What trends today is not necessarily what will trend tomorrow. When purchasing electronics, a customer knows that by the time the transaction is complete, the package taken home and opened, and the power button pushed, someone is working on a model to replace what he just purchased.


Oct. 05, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

National 4-H Week kicks off in Vance County

National 4-H Week begins today. The celebration kicks off the first full week of October each year, and it is estimated that more than 6 million youth across the country will participate in the celebrations, which will wrap up Oct. 11.