A rocket ship read through the creation, fall and flood

It’s amazing how much ground you cover when you read the first few chapters of the Bible.

The first chapter of Genesis, which is only 31 verses long, takes you through all six days of creation. The second chapter goes back and gives more detail of what God performed in those six days, and then by the first verse of Chapter Three, we meet “the serpent”. By the end of that third chapter, mankind has already fallen and been driven from the Garden of Eden. That’s some action-packed reading. Continue reading

Read the Bible in 2020

Dads, one of the greatest things you can do for your family is to read, study and meditate on God’s Word, the Bible. If you’ve never read the Bible before, try reading the Book of John, which is in the New Testament. If you are more familiar with the Bible, try reading the whole Bible.

You may want to consider reading the whole Bible in one year! If that sounds daunting, you should look over a one-year Bible reading plan to see how it can be done in bite-sized pieces. It takes 20 to 30 minutes a day to read through the whole Bible in a year.

Click here to read the Book of John on the Bible Gateway website.

Click here to see a one-year Bible reading plan.

The four-years-later RAV4 (the 2019) is getting better

The Toyota RAV4 will always have a special place in my heart, because it was my first-ever official review vehicle. Back then, in 2015, we were a family of five with a bun in the oven, so we could all just about squeeze into that vehicle for a trip to our OB/GYN in Downtown Atlanta.

Four years later, our family has grown by two, and the RAV4 has grown a bit as well, at least under the hood. The 2019 model still has the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but now it delivers 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque versus the 2015 model’s 176 horses and 172 pound-feet. Continue reading

The all-new Ford Police Interceptor utility hybrid is a “no compromise” pursuit vehicle

A childhood dream came true recently when a few of us automotive journalists were invited to join loads of law enforcement officers in test driving Ford’s all-new Police Interceptor utility vehicles, including the first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid model. This spectacle took place in a parking lot at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which constantly amazes me with how many different kinds of non-NASCAR events it hosts throughout the calendar year.

Going back to 1996, I have spent countless hours riding along as a journalist with police officers and sheriff’s deputies, but only now, 23 years later, have I taken the wheel of a police vehicle. And with all due respect to those Crown Vics of yesteryear, they would be left standing at the starting line by these new Police Interceptor utility vehicles. Continue reading

The 2019 Toyota C-HR is slow but fun

If you buy the 2019 Toyota C-HR, I’m guessing it will be because it is such a good-looking vehicle, kind of like an awesome Hot Wheels car, and not because it gave you chills to drive it. And I’m good with that. It really is a hot-looking car.

Let’s go ahead and list what’s not hot about the C-HR, and then we’ll get to what still makes this a pretty cool ride. Continue reading

The 2019 ES 350 Ultra Luxury edition is well beyond ‘entry level’

It’s always a pleasure to do a weeklong review of a Lexus vehicle, and the ES 350 is probably my favorite of the fleet, so I was looking forward to that late-June delivery. I was intrigued all the more to learn it would be the “Ultra Luxury” edition.

The cynical side of my brain wondered if it would live up to the billing, especially as the ES is considered by industry insiders to be an entry-level luxury sedan. I, of course, shared this cynicism with a couple of friends, but when later they asked if it really was ultra-lux, I had to consistently answer, “I can’t think of anything it lacks.” Continue reading