Personal columns

Personal columns

For eight years, I wrote a monthly personal column for Page 3 of The Christian Chronicle. 

Now, I write periodic columns for print and online (in addition to my regular posts for GetReligion).

Click the links below to read my columns.

— Bobby

Above photo: With my extended family at my daughter’s high school graduation.

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Some of my recent favorites

Disfellowshipped decades ago, Pat Boone insists he ‘never left’ Church of Christ (from Nashville, Tenn.), published September 2017.

After Harvey, hope for heroes and victims (from Houston), published September 2017.

One year later, Orlando massacre victim’s mom says: Show your children ‘all the love you have’ (from Orlando, Fla.), published June 2017.

Before baby bird leaves the nest, a trip to remember (from Toronto), published June 2017.

• ‘Everyone Has a Story’: In a digital age, tips for sharing yours (from Fort Worth, Texas), published April 2017.

• On international trip, this picky eater asks, ‘What’s on the menu?’ (from Panama City), published February 2017.

• Why ‘pounding’ the new minister is a good thing (from Waco, Texas), published November 2016.

Reporting news that informs and inspires — in all 50 states (from Faith, S.D.), published October 2016.

A church makes a special connection with an Orlando victim’s family (from Orlando, Fla.), published July 2016.

After the storm, heeding Jesus’ words (from Garland, Texas), published February 2016.

GOP presidential politics, professional wrestling style (from Oklahoma City), published February 2016.

Why a Georgia church elder is making news at U.S. Supreme Court (from Rome, Ga.), published December 2015.

Take me out to the ballgame (from Detroit), published October 2015.

The vivid faces of Hurricane Katrina (from New Orleans), published September 2015.

• Wedding has a ring to it — hopefully, published August 2015.

Lester Holt a humble newsman with a serious faith, published March 2015.

Two people fell in love and shared a legacy of faith, published June 2014.

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Happy 27th anniversary, my love! #ocishome

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More of my columns

Ten stories that inspired me — and hopefully you — during 2016, published December 2016.

‘I just catch ’em. I don’t fry ’em,’ says Christian journalist who investigates cold cases, published September 2016.

• Does ‘turn the other cheek’ apply to a baseball brawl? published May 2016.

• Blessings flow as Pearl of a church is saved, published May 2016.

• Sierra Shields’ loved ones keep praying, sharing her story (from Rochester Hills, Mich.), published March 2016.

Ten stories that inspired me — and hopefully you — during 2015, published December 2015.

Out of prison, into hope (from Kansas City, Kan.), published July 2015.

Cats in the pulpit and other funny pulpit moments, published June 2015.

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Dear God, please stop Ebola, Liberian immigrants pray, published November 2014.

Remember the Titans, neglect the saints, published October 2014.

In small world of Churches of Christ, blest be the tie that binds (from Naples, Fla.), published July 2014.

Five ideas to improve Sunday night, published May 2014.

Embracing family, friends and faith on Opening Day (from Arlington, Texas), published April 2014.

What will Phil Robertson say at the Tulsa Workshop? (from West Monroe, La.), published March 2014.

‘Well done, my good and faithful server,’ published February 2014.

Transitioning to a new role with Chronicle, published January 2014.

Christian colleges are great places to meet a spouse, published December 2013.

Mother-in-law’s faith-filled life leaves a legacy (from Harrah, Okla.), published November 2013.

Baseball fan’s orange T-shirt is for the Birds (from Baltimore), published October 2013.

Mission trip leaves father hungry for more (from Houston), published September 2013.

Youth sports: a modern-day idol for some families, published August 2013.

After the tornado, Oklahoma church sings God’s praises (from Moore, Okla.), published July 2013.

Sin, snoring and sermons: What to say to the preacher, published June 2013.

Ouch! A stone but not a tablet at the emergency room, published May 2013.

Out in the country, a little Texas church defies expectations (from Greenwood, Texas), published April 2013.

After cancer fight, Karen Tryggestad ‘safe in the arms of Jesus,’ published March 2013.

‘As our nation weeps, so do I,’ minister says after Sandy Hook massacre, published February 2013.

Ten heavenly interviews I’d love to snag, published January 2013.

Modern-day parables: This is country music, published December 2012.

‘Duck Dynasty’ trip conjures precious boyhood memories (from West Monroe, La.), published November 2012.

In land of Disney, workshop boosts church ties, unity (from Orlando, Fla.), published September 2012.

Race and the church: How far have we come (from Nashville, Tenn.), published August 2012.

Seeing church through eyes of an outsider, published July 2012.

12-year-old has a date — with Dad, published June 2012.

Trusting God on mission trip to Mexico (from Aquiles, Mexico), published May 2012.

Beyond the noise: Quiet time with God (from Gatlinburg, Tenn.), published April 2012.

• It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a scary thing, published March 2012.

Pain, suffering and God’s will in wife’s illness, published February 2012.

Preach it, brother, but keep it short (from Terrell, Texas), published January 2012.

Finding hope in a red door: Salt, light and housing for inner city (from Oklahoma City), published December 2011.

A new babe in Christ — at 108 years old, published November 2011.

Even after shooting, Tennessee family counts its blessings, published October 2011.

Play ball: Travels bring ballpark fun, fellowship (from Seattle), published September 2011.

Missouri church mourns losses, counts blessings after tornado (from Joplin, Mo.), published August 2011.

Why it takes a church family to raise a child, published July 2011.

Walk in the cemetery provides odd comfort (from Cedar Grove, Tenn.), published June 2011.

Thou shalt not eat fatty foods? published May 2011.

When the saints come marching in — to Sin City (from Las Vegas), published April 2011.

Tears, prayers follow Arizona mass shooting (from Tucson, Ariz.), published March 2011.

In secularized Canada, Christianity’s challenges — and glimmers of hope, published February 2011.

True disciples don’t bully God’s children, published January 2011.

Kindred spirits: Mail brings news and inspiration, published December 2010.

All-Star’s gift benefits Texas children’s home (from Arlington, Texas), published November 2010.

PTC is for Preacher Training Fun (from Lewisville, Texas), published October 2010.

Five years after Katrina, stories of hope emerge (from Gulfport, Miss.), published September 2010.

Did ‘jailhouse religion’ save Jeffrey Dahmer? published August 2010.

Touched by an angel at D.C. congregation (from Washington), published July 2010.

Friendly faces in the city of brotherly love (from Philadelphia), published June 2010.

Cecil Cooper adjusts to life out of baseball (from Katy, Texas), published May 2010.

A time to be born and a time to die, published April 2010.

Her lifetime of love, faith and devotion (from Huntingdon, Tenn.), published February-March 2010.

Faith and flicks: Christian films gain a following (from Menomonee Falls, Wis.), published January 2010.

Fort Hood chaplain ministers to victims of shooting rampage, published December 2009.

Bringing salt and light to journalism (from Searcy, Ark.), published November 2009.

Harlem minister sees need to bring races together (from New York), published October 2009.

Texting during worship? No, just reading the text, published September 2009.

He takes notes, shoots photos — and preaches (from Amsterdam), published August 2009.

Faith, family, fond memories — and a funeral (from Hayti, Mo.), published July 2009.

Former trumpet player leading souls to Christ, published June 2009.

Count your many blessings — name them two by two, published May 2009.

Online networking: A tool to save souls in cyberspace? published April 2009.

Teenager’s dad reflects as son reaches milestone, published March 2009.

What will it take to grow the church? published February 2009.

The stories that made news in 2008, published January 2009.

No football feud: Harrells and McCoys on friendly terms, published December 2008.

Are you ready to ‘Fireproof’ your marriage? published November 2008.

‘O Canada!’: Blessings north of the border (from Hamilton, Ontario), published October 2008.

Ziegler puts up zeroes, gives credit to God, published September 2008.

Survey: Americans see many routes to eternal life, published August 2008.

Father-son trip to the Big Apple an adventure (from New York), published July 2008.

Throwing more than crumbs at the hungry, published June 2008.

When computer crashes, writer left scrambling, published May 2008.

Nearly half leave religion of their youth, published April 2008.

Just for fun, counting down the top three, published March 2008.

Sermon titles you won’t soon forget, published February 2008.

The stories that made news in 2007, published January 2008.

When his wife is away, this husband will pay, published December 2007.

Digging through the archives at the big 4-0, published November 2007.

Fred Thompson’s church roots draw interest, published October 2007.

When the journey’s as memorable as the destination, published September 2007.

Breaking down color barriers in the church (from Tampa, Fla.), published August 2007.

When a seagull eats Tater Tots for breakfast, published July 2007.

A son reflects on his parents’ labor of love (from Keller, Texas), published June 2007.

Not-so-material world: Blessings in remote village (from Aquiles, Mexico), published May 2007.

Bible camps light fires, fan flames, published April 2007.

Finding quiet time in our busy lives (from Watonga, Okla.), published March 2007.

Why we can celebrate who we are, published February 2007.

The stories that made news in 2006, published January 2007.

Isn’t that what it’s all about? (from Wilkesboro, N.C.), published December 2006.

Two heroes in the faith go home, published November 2006.

What’s in a church sign? A ministry, published October 2006.

In their own words after Katrina, published September 2006.

A warm welcome in Windy City (from Chicago), published August 2006.

For love of God, family and baseball, published July 2006.

The ABC’s of reporting the news, published June 2006.

Sojourners travel country serving God (from Greenwood, Texas), published May 2006.

Sin unclad: Churches face porn problem, published April 2006.

A grandson’s tribute to two special people, published March 2006.

The lighter side of our church life, published February 2006.

After Katrina, ‘Big Easy’ is anything but (from New Orleans), published January 2006.

— Bobby

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