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and a woman named Damaris

August 9, 2020

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In the Book of Acts, which is really one of the best historical sources for the story of Jesus’s followers and disciples after his Resurrection, there is a short account of the Apostle Paul visiting the Areopagus in the city of Athens during his many missionary travels. The Areopagus fulfilled many functions in ancient Athens, […]

Random Acts of Kindness

May 5, 2020

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I always thought the phrase “random acts of kindness” was basically invented by telejournalists to lift up the spirits of their listeners accustomed to 24 hours of bad news, 7 days a week, 12 months of the year. How much bad, or fake, or depressing news of the affairs of men (and women of course; […]

The Biggest Church and the Smallest Church in Town

April 10, 2020

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I sometimes drive on Crescent Ridge Road, perhaps going to buy a shrub or some vegetable seedlings for my vegetable garden at Brown’s Nursery and enjoy the wonderful views to the east from the high points along the road. You can see, I bet, for ten or fifteen miles, the woods, and small hills, and […]

The “I”s Have It

March 19, 2020

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If you think you’ve heard the expression, “the I’s have it,” you are right, but not using “I.” Rather the traditional expression is “the ayes have it” in referring to a vote where those voting “yes,” say “aye” in the old English. It may be a nautical term, since in the Navy we hardly ever […]

How Writing an Op-ed Column is Similar to Preaching in Church

March 19, 2020

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My experience is that you really haven’t preached a good sermon, or written a good column, if you don’t stir the pot, offend someone, and create some controversy, hopefully provoking thought as well as insults. The goal is not however to irritate people, but the strength of any good sermon or column is expressing the […]

The Pollsters

February 23, 2020

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Normally I don’t pay as much attention to polls as perhaps others do. I once read that President Clinton made few decisions without a pollster taking the pulse of what the people felt about this or that issue. I don’t know if Bill Clinton was that wishy washy about simply doing what he thought was […]

The Emperor’s New Clothes

February 1, 2020

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Hans Christian Anderson penned a short tale years ago, based on a story composed by a Spanish writer centuries before Anderson wrote, about two weavers who conned the king. They promised him a new set of clothes—very fine and expensive—but they would be invisible only to those who are unfit, stupid, or incompetent. No one […]

To Live as a Christian and Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 1, 2020

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Tomorrow we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He was a man God made for the moment, the moment being the great challenge of destroying the remnants of segregation in this country. I remembered a lot of what my generation lived through by reading a wonderful column, “King’s passion for justice did not allow for […]

A Little Church History

February 1, 2020

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How about a bit of “breaking” news to start our read today, kind of like all the network mavens dishing out the news to us each morning, afternoon, evening and night. Bad news never seems to end. “America at the start of the twenty-first century was prosperous but morals were low.” Or, how about this […]

America Today

November 17, 2019

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A few weeks ago we left off with some Attorney General William Barr’s assessment of modern America. He presented this view in a speech he delivered October 11 before the School of Law at Notre Dame University on the freedom of religion and its underpinning of American life. Christianity is on the decline in the […]