By Dr. Jim Ferguson For thousands or millions of years – depending on your interpretation of science and scripture – mankind has had a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract or “gut.” In fact, a depletion or eradication of bacteria with antibiotics often causes disease. An example is “antibiotic colitis” which results from […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Recently, two friends of mine on the social media site, Facebook, found themselves in a “dust-up.” The problem arose from the politics of our divided land. About four years ago I joined Facebook because my kids were using it, and I wanted to keep up with my kids and their pictures. […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Summer is the season when Americans travel. We go to the beach, we cruise the Caribbean and some of us travel to Europe and other foreign lands. I’m blessed to have traveled extensively throughout my life. I’ve stood atop the Pyrenees in Andorra, and skied at 12,000 feet in the Rocky […]

Claiming Peace

By Dr. Jim Ferguson A friend recently said she was disengaging from social media because of the political battles that rage there like everywhere else in these troubled times. I too have debated “tuning out” and proverbially running away to a monastery as people have done throughout history. Maybe I should claim a “safe zone” […]

The Blue Line

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I became acquainted with the term “blue line stream” while trying to develop our property in Knox County. The wet weather drainage ditch at the back of our property was deemed a protected waterway by the Knoxville “EPA” acolytes. Mosquitos must be allowed a summertime stagnant water habitat. We are water […]

Wisdom from the Past

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Did you do it? Becky and I took the challenge and read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. If you missed the challenge and the deadline, it’s not too late to read this soaring statement of Enlightenment thought and American ideals. We memorized portions of the Declaration of Independence in […]

To the Summitt

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a cruel condition. It takes away a person’s humanity and then their life. In ancient times a person was considered alive as long as they were breathing. In Genesis 2:7, God “breathed into man and he became a living being.” I imagined this as ensoulment in a […]

The Meaning of Things

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Words are the tools we use to express our thoughts.” (I occasionally like to quote myself.) It’s probably good we can’t read each other’s minds, so we’re left with body language and our linguistic communication tools. I sit on an advisory board for the care of the aging, and was recently […]

Barbarians at the Gate

By Dr. Jim Ferguson At the beginning of the movie Gladiator, the Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, is on campaign battling barbarians in what is current day Vienna, Austria. To a Roman, someone not a Roman was a barbarian, just as Hebrews referred to someone not Jewish as a gentile. Marcus Aurelius was considered a good […]


OnPoint Community Credit Union honors local teachers at award ceremony. Pictured from left to right: Emily Ferguson, K-8 Educator of the Year from Winterhaven School; Rob Stuart, President/CEO OnPoint Community Credit Union; Darlyn Chester on behalf of Doug Beardsley, 9-12 Educator of the Year from Reynolds High School


By Dr. Jim Ferguson How did you become what you are? This may seem an enigmatic question, but it is at the heart of two human yearnings; namely, where did we come from and what is our purpose? Philosophy, and considerations of Creation aside, it is obvious we come from our parents. They in turn […]