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The Art of Work

May 26, 2019

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The Art of Work Two words thrown together that many find antithetical, or at least a bit contradictory, are “art” and “work.” We all know that artists have to “work” to make their art. And we also know a guy going into the coal mines of Walker or Tuscaloosa County is also engaged in “work.” […]

G.I. Joe and Other Josephs

May 26, 2019

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G.I. Joe and Other Josephs G.I. Joe was the nickname of soldiers in World War II. It came from “government issue” associated with all the uniforms and stuff issued to guys in service. And “Joe” of course is short for Joseph, one of the most popular names in American life. I’m sorry girls, but while […]

Compassion

May 26, 2019

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Compassion Today I want to take up a  common word in our wonderful English language: compassion. I was prompted to think about it when someone shared an image that almost broke my heart. It was of a derelict man, a classic street person, asleep somewhere on a cold winter day, wrapped up in rags, his […]

Easter, 2019

May 26, 2019

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Easter, 2019 I’ve often wondered how pastors, ministers, priests, etc.—prepare their Easter addresses. For all of us who make public addresses, from the President on down to my level, perhaps talking to the local Rotarians or the ladies of the DAR, you have to identify your audience pretty carefully. The Rotarians like to hear things […]

Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause. What Do They Say?

May 26, 2019

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Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause. What do they say? The First Amendment to the Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to […]

Dancing Around Anti-Semitism

May 26, 2019

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Dancing Around Anti-Semitism The recent, and some not so recent, remarks by our two new Muslim Congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, has raised a hullaballoo among many politicians, both Democrats and Republicans. The issue is portrayed as the Muslim desire to eradicate the state of Israel in favor of a […]

My Prayer Dogs

May 26, 2019

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My Prayer Dogs I’ve been working on a book that takes me into the world of worship over the centuries. As I studied some aspects of religious worship, I ran into items like prayer beads, rugs, rosaries, bells, crosses of all types and sizes, and other material reminders to get us into the rhythm of […]