By Dr. Jim Ferguson I’m a science fiction fan, and one of the classics is Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune.” It’s a tome of a book, but there’s an abbreviated movie version that remains true to the story. A pivotal scene occurs when the protagonist, Paul, awakens to discover who he is and cries heavenward, “Father, […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson A simple definition of a paradox is a contradiction. I’ve been thinking about this during what is paradoxically called Spring Break. It may be a break for students and perhaps for teachers and parents, but it is not a break for these grandparents. The term is a contradiction for Becky and […]

A Life of Memories

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I once read that Billy Graham was sorry he didn’t memorize more Bible verses when he was young, so that he would have them when he was older and failing vision made reading the Bible more difficult. Memorization is not emphasized in education these days. My sixth grade teacher made our […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson By the time you read this the die will be cast. Tennesseans in record numbers had a chance to voice their opinion in perhaps the most important election in decades. It’s not over on the Republican side, but it’s just a formality for the Democrat’s choice of standard bearer. Actually, Bernie […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “You look good, Dr. Ferguson,” a patient recently told me. She then asked, “How do you feel?” Perhaps the latter was just a pleasantry of conversation – something we all do. None of us really expects or wants to hear about another person’s aches and pains – sometimes even doctors tune […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Sometimes you realize what’s right only after seeing what’s wrong. A majority of Americans now believe our country is on the wrong track, and only party apparatchiks and the Washington “beltway boys” think otherwise. Even Hillary and Bernie say that times are tough in our country. And only the willfully uninformed […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson I would not qualify as a sports fan, at least not by comparison to my sister- and mother-in-law. If Becky or I have questions about sports or the Vols, we don’t query Siri or Google, we call Mama-Jo. It’s probably good that I was out of town last week after my […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Well, we have it on authority: Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2nd, Groundhog Day, and therefore we will have an early spring. This prediction makes about as much sense as the predictions of thirteen polls which said Trump would win the “Hawki Cauci.” Frankly, I distrust pollsters […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson This week marks my 400th essay for The Knoxville Focus. One might consider this as a milestone and invoke special verbiage. However, what’s on my mind is a topic relevant in all circumstances. During my recent illness family, friends and fellow parishioners often said they were thinking and praying for me […]

Sunday Lunch

By Dr. Jim Ferguson I discovered the error of my ways at Sunday lunch. This has happened before. For many years my family and various friends met weekly at Greaty Cuckoo’s home right after the minister’s sermon ended. We adults gathered around the big dining room table that looked out over the Tennessee River, while […]