May 14, 2019

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Is America A Christian Nation?

Is America a Christian nation? Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says it depends on what we mean by “Christian.” Then he goes on. View the video. See if his answer is cogent.  He is currently president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of […]

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May 12, 2019

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Bereavement in an Age of Rage: Comments on the Commentary

Tweeters dropped their smart phones and genuinely grieved over such a malevolently random death. It was as if a previous era’s medical fickleness reached into ours and snatched one of our own.

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May 6, 2019

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Hope Rears Its Lovely Head

“Mr. Redfern, we’ve analyzed your CAT scans and PET scans over the past year and we have examined you. We cannot be sure, of course, but we think there’s a good chance your cancer is gone.”

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April 14, 2019

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The Week That Shook The World

We’re about to enter those climactic, universe-rattling days, otherwise known as Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday (today) and reaches its zenith in the three days of the Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday).  We remember Jesus as he knowingly walked into his own travail. 

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April 12, 2019

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Church Boards and the T-Rex

I served churches for about 26 years as a pastor. My response to this image’s message: “Yup.”

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April 2, 2019

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Dodging The Rain of Cliches

I’m all yawns. Perhaps that’s because modern candidates inevitably portray themselves as Messiahs. I’ve got bad news for them: It’s been done. An excellent Messiah pointed us to Kingdom living, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. It all happened two thousand years ago, so trim your aspirations to a mere chief executive, oh aspirants. Maybe I’ll then be interested.   

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March 22, 2019

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Hollering at a buried man

Ecclesiastes 7:9: “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

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March 15, 2019

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A Reply To Terror

I long to board a plane, land in New Zealand, and weep with those who are weeping.

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February 21, 2019

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Tapping Unseen Blessings

I once feared these verses and prayed that God would steer me clear of “trials of various kinds.” I now see their blessing. We gain steadfastness in our sufferings. We don’t merely go through them; we grow through them.  

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February 13, 2019

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Bosses Plaguing Our Dreams

A recent news item triggered me. To explain: I’ve worked for great bosses, both men and women. I’ve also labored under tantrum-spewing thugs, both men and women. The latter still haunt my sleep. I remember the screaming, my powerlessness and enforced silence (anything I said was fodder for the next hostile job review, so mum’s […]

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