Tony Cartledge Blog

Rockin’ with the oldies

You know you’re getting up there when the concert artists you want to see are in their 70s. I was a fan of Don McClean even before “American Pie,” and when I saw last year that he would be performing at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, I was all over...

Got your passport?

Haven’t you always wanted to see the majestic Parthenon, walk the impressive streets of Ephesus, or sail the Mediterranean? If you’re ready, your time has arrived. Our next Nurturing Faith Experience, in collaboration with Campbell University Divinity...

Readers, and not …

As a person who has loved reading from the time I could sound out “See Spot run,” I found a recent Barna survey on adult reading habits to be, well, worth reading. In a digital world where countless items are posted online every day, it’s good to...

New stuff from Nurturing Faith

At Baptists Today, we’re well into our fourth year of providing a challenging Bible study curriculum we call Nurturing Faith that I write, which means we’re on our second time through the Revised Common Lectionary as a source for texts. It gets a little...

A sad choice for last words

I haven’t read Billy Graham’s latest book — advertised as the last one we can expect from the aged evangelist. By all reports, such as this one from the Religion News Service, it puts a lot of emphasis on hell as a literal, fiery place of everlasting...

Progress

Recovering from any sort of surgery is a process. I’ve now had four of them, all involving moving parts: there’s something artificial now in both shoulders and both hips. I’m hoping the knees still have some good tread left on them. Replacement of my...

This is hospital food?

I didn’t realize how much competition was heating up between hospitals in Raleigh until I got the Room Service Menu my first day here. What I remembered about hospital food was an orderly who came in the evening and let you choose from a few bland options...

Christmas in September

I’ve been like a kid waiting for Christmas, and its finally here. After months of pain and canes and crutches, my place in the surgical waiting line finally comes up this afternoon, and I get to trade in the wrecked version of my right hip for a spanking new...

Simple pleasures

If I had a dream place to get away from time to time, it would look like this: a small mountain cabin, a rustic porch, a cascading stream with a wooded slope beyond and no other houses in view. It’s a place for listening to crickets and birds adding their songs...