James Chambless

The Love Remains

By James Chambless (AKA Old Hat)
I took a cute photo of my grandchildren one evening this week. Let’s face it. Every photo of grandchildren is cute! But this one was kind of super cute. That next morning, I had a little free time at work and so I decided to share the joy. Joy is for sharing. I texted it to my bride, of course. Then to the mommy and daddy of the cute kids. Then I sent it

How I became Old Hat

By James Chambless, Guest Columnist
My first ever blog was on Wednesday, February 15, 2006. Not very long ago in the grand scheme of things. The path which led me to blogging (on Xanga), however, actually started in April of 2005. A teenage friend of a friend’s teenager was diagnosed with leukemia on her birthday in April of ’05. Happy birthday, huh? “So what did you get

“A” father’s advice

By James Chambless (AKA Old Hat)
My daddy taught me a lot of good things. He was a what we now call a bi-vocational preacher. That just means you have a regular job and preach as a part time job instead of making your living at it. I was incredibly shy as a boy. No really, I was. I asked him once how he could preach. I meant how can you stand up in front of people and talk at all. His

Learning to cope with life

By James Chambless (AKA Old Hat)
Music has always been a sanctuary for my mind. A long time ago, when I was a young rookie at the fire station in our little town, I was understandably nervous when the alarm sounded. A couple of times I got so anxious that I hyperventilated. Which was doubly embarrassing. Not only could I not render aid to anyone

Proverbs 2 – Leaf. Blower.

By James Chambless, Guest Columnist
When I was a boy in middle school, it was often my job to sweep the floor in the basketball gym. I expect it was my coach’s way of keeping me busy and out of mischief. I always swept the floor with one of those 6-foot-wide dust brooms. Usually running so I could get done more quickly. I never imagined that I would ever be asked to sweep

My take on Proverbs – Part Two

By James Chambless, Guest Columnist
One of the first pieces of advice Solomon gives is so obvious that some people miss it. “My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.” (Proverbs 1:10)
Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying “I can resist anything but temptation.” I think people who don’t struggle with temptations must not be resisting them

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