By Johnny O. Trail — People tend to show off what they have. When I took General Business in high school, we talked about a concept called “conspicuous consumption.” Conspicuous consumption is defined as “expenditure on or consumption of luxuries on a lavish scale in an attempt to enhance one’s prestige.” (Bing online dictionary). The idea is that a person purchases or possesses certain items to show off their wealth.
Maybe the Judahite king, Hezekiah, wanted to show off this wealth when he entertained certain emissaries from Babylon. Isaiah 39:2 says, Continue reading “Ramifications of our actions on future generations”
By Johnny O. Trail — A few months ago, I was asked to write a biography for a notable person in the history of the church, N.B. Hardeman. As I read about his life and wrote a brief biography, I wondered what biographies of the future might look like.
You might not realize this, but you can give another person control over you Facebook page at the time of your death. I have made provisions for my wife to have full authority over what happens to my page at the time of my passing. In all honesty, I would love for future generations to have access to my page for the purpose of letting them know about my religious convictions—to potentially help them in finding Christ and other truths revealed in scripture. Continue reading “A futuristic autobiography”
Jesus, his apostles, as well as the early church proclaimed a message revolving around the good news of the kingdom. After Jesus’ death and ascension, preaching shifted to Christ and the kingdom.
This kingdom proclamation contained a message for the present. Through Christ, God’s power was overcoming all the binding weapons of evil to usher in a new manifestation of God’s rule. Christ brought release. People were to live with kingdom values and behaviors. Upon Jesus’ resurrection, he was exalted as Lord.
However, their proclamation also included a message regarding the future. At the end of time, some would inherit the kingdom while others would not.
How does today’s preaching compare with their message? Continue reading “Kingdom future”
The garden was dead, to begin with. No doubt whatever about that. The bent black stalks of the Mexican Petunia stood up like crooked doornails, or like so many legs of a dozen giant spiders fallen on their backs. The icy shrouds of dead crinum leaves were draped gloomily across the ground.
Every chance to do something better in the garden was now dead, along with summer’s delicate blooms.
This month I was visited in a real way by the ghost of gardens past. My ancient laptop’s operating system had to be updated, but there was not enough storage. That meant deleting the hundreds of garden photos. Continue reading “A Garden Carol”
Through God, we can be confident in what will come… Continue reading Confidence in the future
“Chilling” is a word that comes to mind in reading the article published in the “New York Times” on June 11, 2010. Entitled “Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday”, the article describes a conference held recently in California. Continue reading A New Tower Of Babel?
The quickest route to my hometown involves crossing Black Mountain. The summit of Black Mountain is Kentucky’s highest point, and to cover the 17 miles from its base in Virginia to the other side requires about 45 minutes. The road is at times steep, and there are plenty of curves to be negotiated. Continue reading Around The Next Curve