Friday, March 09, 2012


by Stephen Bly

A local girls’ high school basketball team put on an excellent show. Quick, aggressive, fearless in diving after loose balls, they drove to the basket, fast break, full court press, and hit three points.  

An amazing exhibition. The other team looked like they wanted to go home after the first quarter. They lost by 35 points. 

An old timer next to me shook his head. “Them little ladies sure did hog-tie that team in green.” 

He got that right. The losing team seemed at times to be bound in ropes.

To hog-tie means to throw an animal and then bind it by tying its two hind feet and a front one together. In rodeo, the rope’s called a ‘piggin’ strang.’ Loop the forefoot and shove the back feet on top, then wrap all three with a couple loops and tie a half-hitch or hooey. This keeps the animal immobile while you do your doctoring or whatever else might need to be done.

You don’t hog-tie a horse. Or people. But you can tie them up socially or mentally or emotionally. Even spiritually.

Sin hog-ties us more than anything else. It incapacitates us, makes us useless to accomplish any good thing. 

The Bible says, “Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).

Sometimes we hog-tie ourselves. Wouldn’t that be a weird sight? Does a runner prepare for a big race by tying both feet and a hand together? She’d wallow in the dirt while the other racers lapped her.

What hog-ties you? 
Jesus wants to set you free.


Stuart Brannon's Final Shot
Hardback & ebook -- Paperback edition by summer.
Stuart Brannon's Final Shot, by Stephen Bly
with Janet Chester Bly, Russell Bly, Michael Bly & Aaron Bly

Finishing Dad's novel was a family affair.

It's 1905. Two orphans flee Oregon's Tillamook Head. One of them is branded a hero. Do they tell what really happened & risk a dangerous man's wrath?
Meanwhile, a retired lawman searches for his missing U.S. Marshal friend & grapples with the game of golf on behalf of a charity celebrity tournament.
"Stuart Brannon's Final Shot delivers and reminds us what we'll miss most about the beloved author." Jerry B. Jenkins, NYT Bestselling novelist & biographer
"(Stephen) Bly throws his readers into the fray from the first page and never lets up. . .I've loved (Stuart) Brannon since his first appearance many books ago, and though I know he eventually had to hit the trail, he will be missed." Award-winning author Kathleen Y'Barbo


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