Larry Buford

Words of the Week- Love and Sin, Both are the Answers!

Often, we hear people say, “if God is such a loving God, why does He allow bad things to happen?” The answer: He loves us so much that He gave us freewill and He won’t intervene unless we include Him in our affairs.

Black Music Month: Remembering Singer Joe Hinton

Over the years, there have been many recorded protest songs. Considering in the climate of today, these songs are still important.
In 1939, singer Billie Holiday recorded “Strange Fruit” – a song composed by Jewish American Abel Meeropol (under the pseudonym Lewis Allan). The story goes that the lyrics were taken from a poem Meeropol wrote which was published in 1937.

Words of the Week – Should Women Be Church Pastors, Teachers, and Leaders?

I just read an article about the Southern Baptist Convention cutting ties with Saddleback Church, founded by now retired Pastor Rick Warren, for defending women in the role of church leaders, particularly as pastors. This has been a long-standing controversial issue. There was a member in my own fellowship who had the same concern, so I had done some previous research on it. A lot of the controversy stems from Apostle Paul’s writings. On the one hand Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:12, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must

‘Paul R. Williams: Hollywood’s Architect’ on PBS

Paul Revere Williams, born February 18, 1894 with an orphan background, followed his dream of becoming an architect and by the early 1920s was designing homes and commercial buildings in and around Los Angeles. At the time of his death on January 23, 1980, he had created some 2,500 buildings in the United States and around the globe.

Words of the Week – Freewill

Thank God for freewill and that we are not robots, but let us use our freewill responsibly with love and goodwill according to what would be pleasing in God’s sight.

McCarthy Malarkey and the Hollow Gavel 

On the second anniversary of the January 6th insurrection on Capitol Hill – on the very day that President Biden awarded the prized Presidential Citizens Medal to some election officials who were seriously threatened for taking a stance against overturning election results, and to those who risked their lives holding the front line to protect vice president Mike Pence and other representatives during the certification process – Congressman Kevin McCarthy won the majority House of Representatives leadership role after 15 rounds of contentious voting within the GOP. According to reports, not one Republican whose very lives hung in the

The Santa Suit: What Are You Wearing?  

A few years ago, Reader’s Digest published an article about stage actor Charles Edward Hall who went from playing the character of Ebenezer Scrooge to the character of Santa Claus. 

The ‘Age of 911’ Turns 21!

Sunday, September 11, 2022 marks the 21st anniversary of what’s commonly referred to as “911.” Americans for the most part hold their twenty-first birthday in high esteem. Age 21 in this country signifies that a person is officially an adult, who can now legally buy and drink liquor, and be looked upon as independently “grown.”