Author: Ron Boswell

Have The Wisdom to Trust And Follow

Wisdom… where does it come from? I had just graduated from the Fire Academy after months of rigorous and sometimes overly repetitive training. We learned to do the same simple task in the dark, in the heat, in a smoke-filled room, and under stress, over and over and over. But the one bit of information that was tattooed into our brains was, “Watch your Captain and do what he does and what he tells you without hesitation because he has the experience and the wisdom.” One of my first responses after training was a “possible gas leak” at a residence. As we got off the truck I began to follow my Captain to the back of the residence to investigate the issue, although there appeared to be no apparent emergency. He was several steps in front of me and as I turned the corner of the house I saw him running towards me. He was yelling something that I could not hear, but my Fire Academy training kicked in and I began to run also. …

New Leadership Roles at SoHills

Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicolas and Stephen are names that probably mean as much to you as Wayne Falls, Printes Fryman, Zach Wicker and JB Vance. The common thread here is that they were all deacons, but nearly 2000 years apart! That one word, deacon, brings out a wealth of emotions. Some who have served as a deacon have been tainted by the “politics” that have errantly crept into the position. Power struggles, personal agendas, and the lack of understanding of the function have caused church splits, sleepless nights for pastors and even for some to walk away from the church. But on the other hand, those who have served as a deacon according to biblical principals have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have made a lasting impression on the church and the people they have served. In Acts 6, we find that the church, though being persecuted, is growing rapidly and the Apostles are going from region to region teaching and baptizing.  They come across a group of widows who were being overlooked during …

Hope for Eternity

“Ever heard of Bo Davenport? Where is Edmonson County anyway? How big a town is Brownsville?” These were the questions being asked as a first year coach took an unlikely team to the Kentucky State Basketball Tournament. You see, basketball is “King” in the bluegrass state. It’s the state where babies teethe on basketballs and learn to dribble before they can walk.  Kentucky High School basketball does not divide the schools into classes like most other states or as they do in football; it’s the small school verse the big school, the David vs Goliath. It’s exciting and makes for an unpredictable “Sweet Sixteen” run during tournament time and the 1976 Tourney was no exception. Edmonson County is rural. Brownsville, the county seat, is a dot on a map, a city you go through on the way to Mammoth Cave National Park. Nobody gave them a chance of making it to the “big dance.” Nobody, that is, except a first year coach who taught solid fundamentals and team work. And yes, there was the community, …

For Unto You Is Born….

While working as paramedic/firefighter of the first response unit, I had first started noticing this guy when my unit was posted at the corner of Glenwood and Second Ave.  At first glance you could see that he was unkept, dirty, and he reeked of alcohol. It’s sad to say but he wasn’t the only one who hung out on that corner that was in that condition. He would approach us and ask us for money or something to eat. We were reluctant to give him money fearing that he would spend it on alcohol and it was obvious that he didn’t need anymore of that. In the middle of our conversation, we were dispatched to a call and he was gone when we returned. Our next shift back we found, “Vernon,” as he was known, standing on the same corner. This time though I began to ask him about his situation and why he was out here. His answers were vague and he deflected anything serious with his smile and humor. After about a fifteen minute conversation, he asked for …

The “G” Word

My dad worked for a home building company that moved their management frequently. Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Georgia. I lived in all these states before I was twelve. Five different elementary schools and two different high schools when it was all said and done. It was that last move as a family though that made a huge difference in my life. As we were unloading the moving truck a neighbor boy came up to me and asked “What’s your name?” “Help me unload this truck and I will tell you,” I said. So Donnie jumped right in and helped. Donnie and I became good friends. One day his mom asked if my three other siblings and I would like to to go to church with them. My folks said yes and off we went. And the next Sunday and the next and then Wednesday nights. Soon my folks started taking us and then going with us. Then one Easter Sunday, my whole family was baptized into Christ! All because Donnie and his mother were personally generous with their time and passion for …

Who do you believe God is?

The way you think, the way you act, the way you respond demonstrates who you believe God is. My Aunt Margie had a slew of kids, milked cows every morning, grew her own food, and raised pigs and chickens,which you could see walking up under the house through the kitchen floorboards. She was country. On one visit to her house, a few of her kids, my brother, and I went with my cousins who lived up the road to a drive-in horror movie marathon. My cousins said they would pick us up at the end of the driveway. Aunt Margie’s driveway was two miles of thickly wooded pot holes, swamp, and dirt. Nobody liked driving down that driveway.  What none of us had thought about before we left was the walk back home after a marathon of fright! They left us at the end of the driveway in the pitch black of a moonless Kentucky night. As we proceeded down the dark road, one of us “thought” we heard “something.” We paused for a moment and then all began to run! For the …

Just tell them the…

One of my favorite shows on TV today is the “Last Ship.” Its a drama about a navy ship that is the last hope for a world that has been struck by a virus that has left most of the world dead. I know, I know, why watch a show about death and dying when I could just watch the evening news! As the show continues to play out each week, the crew is faced with a different dilemma that they have to solve which leads to a new dilemma for next week. I imagine it will continue like this until they solve all the world’s problems or ratings drop, whichever comes first. During one particular episode, I was intrigued by the response of the Captain that is so counter culture in light of today’s ethics. He and his crew where faced with a huge decision that could affect the fate of the nation and the First Officer ask the Captain “What shall we tell the crew?” His response was epic… “Just tell them the truth.” The meaning of “truth” has escaped …

June Vision Update

Being used by God takes having a little vision on our part. Seeing what God wants us to see, being used how God wants us to be used takes vision. So what’s this vision thing and how does it work?! Jonathan Swift said, “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Yep, I like it! But if you think about it, there was a lot of that going on in 60’s and 70’s, if you know what I mean… How about this one from Helen Keller: “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.”  Well, that one sorta stings don’t it?! But we would agree that it’s true. Proverbs 29:18 tells us “Where there is no vision the people perish.” (KJV) I think its safe to assume we’re not in favor of the perishing part. As leaders and members, we are seeking the vision God has for our church.  And God’s plan is far greater than anything we could have dreamed up!  How exciting to be apart of something that we …

Freedom in Forgiveness

We like dishing out forgiveness about as much as having a root canal… without anesthesia! We can grow comfortable in our disdain for the offender, because we are after all “the offended.”  I find humor and some truth to what William P. Young wrote in his book The Shack: Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat… Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established… Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. But should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation… Forgiveness does not excuse anything… You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and …

The Weave

If you’re a basketball fan then you’re probably aware of the historic season the University of Kentucky Wildcats are currently experiencing. As of this writing, they have accomplished a 38-0 record, beating teams like North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas and in-state rival Louisville. They use an offense play called “the weave.” Its a precision passing and running drill that requires the players to respond in a certain way.  When any one player doesn’t hit their mark at the right time, the play doesn’t work! One wrong cut, one errant pass, a player moving too fast or too slow can have unwanted consequences. They have to function as a team, as one. Sounds a lot like a marriage doesn’t it? You make a vow to your husband or wife, leave your biological family and cleave to the one whom you have made that vow. Together you “weave”  all that you have done separately into something that you now do together. Jobs, ambitions, hobbies, traditions, expectations, moms, crazy uncles…. the list goes on. It can be a daunting …