Prayer Tammy was cooking supper, the boys were doing homework at the kitchen table, and I was in the living room. My phone vibrated; Mom had texted, and her message was simple: “Pray hard.” I called, and, through the tears and anguish, Mom told me that Dad was being rushed into surgery and things did […]

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Wednesday Evening Bible Study Today is Wednesday, and that means my family and I will drive to the Star City church of Christ for Bible study. Mom and Dad dragged me to Wednesday night at church as far back as I can remember. Homework? Didn’t matter. Something good on TV? Didn’t matter. Really just didn’t […]

The Fire

The Fire I had a meeting across town last night, and as I’m about to go in my meeting, Tammy texts and says, “Kitchen fire.” I didn’t worry that much – we know supper’s ready when the smoke detector goes off (that’s the running joke in our house, anyway). RJ sent me pictures, and I […]

My Education

My Education I have a doctoral degree. I couldn’t wait until I received that degree and became “Dr. Imel.” Well, I’m now “Dr. Imel,” and I learned one of the most valuable lessons in my life from obtaining that degree: I don’t know everything. Seriously, that is one of the most beneficial lessons from obtaining […]


Sundays I love Sundays. Sundays have been an important part of my life for a long, long time. As a kid, I remember going to worship and then going to Nannie and Papaw’s – Dad would read the paper, Papaw would watch TV, Nannie would finish dinner, Mom would help her, and we boys would […]