The End of the World

By Tim Woodroof   Bedraggled men wear signs announcing it. Ministers with over-heated imaginations write novels visualizing it. Preachers pound pulpits proclaiming it. The end of the world. The Day of Judgment. The Second Coming.  Even poets bravely broach the subject.   Some say the world will end in fire,  Some say in ice. From what […]

The tree falls

By Dr. Tim Woodroof   In the fall of 1993, James Lane was driving his Volkswagen on the back roads of the Oregon coast. He was 41, born in the year 1952. Around the time of James’s birth, a seedpod dropped from one of Oregon’s towering western red cedars and took root in the loamy […]

Chance encounters

By Dr. Tim Woodroof   We met running through the Atlanta airport, trying to catch a connecting flight to Jacksonville. We labored side by side for a few moments and then she dropped behind gasping. I yelled over my shoulder that I’d have them hold the plane for her. Sadly, the gate was already closed when […]


By Dr. Tim Woodroof  Do you know what an “own-goal” is? Of course you do. Only sports-ignoramuses like me would be ignorant of such matters. In case you are as oblivious to sports as I am, an own-goal is something that occurs in goal scoring games—like soccer or American football—when a player causes the ball […]

An unlikely hero

Christians and Culture by Dr. Tim Woodroof Recently, I went shopping for some clothes to wear on an upcoming trip to Thailand. I am speaking at the Asian Mission Forum in Chiang Mai and needed something appropriate and cool (the temperature “cool” rather than the fashion “cool”). The woman presiding over the men’s department was […]