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Book Preview: Chapter 7 – Deceit & Delivery

Editors Note: This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, The Extortion of Forgiveness. The text messages contained in this chapter were taken from evidence the TBI obtained from cellular phone records and were given to the District Attorney’s office for evidence.

The individuals below are myself, Paul Stanley, McKensie Morrison, the intern who was assigned to my office and Joel Watts, her boyfriend at the time who later plea guilty to an extortion felony charge. TBI Director Mark Gwyn and Agent Doug Long are also referenced.

Chapter 7 – Deceit & Delivery

     It was time to move this […]

February 16th, 2017|My Blog Post|

Toxicity of American Political Culture Is Harming Our Nation and Communities

Never in my life have I seen the level of political hostility we have in our country today. Occasionally we see people riot and protest over what they believe or perceive to be an injustice, but what our country has experienced since January 20 is outright toxic and ultimately damaging to our nation. More disturbing is the damage it is creating in our own backyards.

There has always been two or more sides with opposing views on controversial topics, and one can only imagine the chaos and fights from disagreements those town-hall type meetings in revolutionary war era taverns produced. I’m sure […]

February 15th, 2017|My Blog Post|

Philip Meek: My ‘Pastor’ and My Friend

We have all heard life is precious and no one soaked up those precious moments more than my friend Philip Meek, the campus pastor at Love & Truth Church in Savannah, TN. “Pastor Philip” and his wife Joyce were solid fixtures at the church each Sunday and Wednesday as they enthusiastically greeted those coming and going through the front doors. He was a loving man, a forgiving man, small in frame – yet a frame large enough to showcase a huge smile and even larger heart. I’m glad he was my pastor; even more so that he was my friend.

January 21st, 2017|My Blog Post|

20 Pieces of Advice From Our Elders

1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.

2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.

3. Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.

4. Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?

5. People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job […]

January 4th, 2017|My Blog Post|

Christmas, Chaukah and the Electoral College

Editors Note: This post came my way through an email generated by David Burton, a Christian and neighbor of Dr. Burton. The piece below is well-written and captures the true spirit of the Christian-Judeo relationship. 

Perhaps it is no coincidence that, after a particularly contentious year, that the first night of Chanukah occurs on Christmas (this last occurred in 1959). As American Jews prepare to celebrate Chanukah, which commemorates our struggle for freedom of worship, we should recognize that that our ability to do so is not the norm. Millions of people around the world are being persecuted for practicing their […]

December 28th, 2016|My Blog Post|

Oxford, MS Mourns: When It’s Just Too Close to Home

Note: This excellent post was written by Oxford, MS resident and writer, Toni Overby, about the three couples who died in a tragic airplane accident last Sunday while returning from a dental conference. Two years ago I wrote a similar piece about two Christian Brothers High School students. Toni’s article captures the essence of a grieving community and I encourage you to read her words.

When It’s Just Too Close to Home

I wish this could be one of my sarcastic posts. I’m good at those, better, I think, than of these posts that are somber and […]

August 18th, 2016|My Blog Post|