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Golf and Christianity

September 24, 2017

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I know a lot of you out there are golfers, or indulge in one sport or another. And I know a lot of readers are Christians. The other day as I tweaked my golf swing in preparation for a tournament, I thought of my faith, which I seem to be always tweaking as well. Maybe […]

Spanish History, 101

September 14, 2017

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I first went to Spain in the late summer of 1964, sent by the USN as a newly minted Ensign to join my ship then in the Sixth Fleet. I landed in Rota, across the bay from the more famous city of Cadiz, and lingered there a few days waiting for a flight, first to […]

If the Bible Was a New Book

September 14, 2017

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Today it seems everyone writes books. Access to the services that produce books—like printers, computers, apps, all the apparatus necessary—is easily available on the Internet. Anyone can publish. I, for example, published my “great American novel” with an eBook company in Germany. They did a nice job, and I’m sure my two or three buyers […]

St. Francis and the Crusaders

September 14, 2017

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A  few semesters ago I taught a course online at UA on the first half of the history of Christianity. The students in this course sampled how Christianity came into being and evolved over the first 1500 years. One of the questions they had to address was how the Church could have produced both a […]

The Business of Americans is Business

September 14, 2017

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President Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, was giving a talk in January 1925 to the Society of American Newspaper Editors in Washington, D. C. when he noted: “After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the […]

Do We Learn Better from Victories or Defeats?

July 6, 2017

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I always thought that I learned best from defeats rather than victories. I recently read a commentary on Psalms 20: 6-8 that got me to thinking. Those particular verses have to do with remembering and invoking the power of the Lord. The commentary also drew on Deuteronomy 7: 18-19 in which the Hebrews are reminded […]

Why Did We Separate Church and State?

July 3, 2017

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We tend to consider the Constitution as almost sacred script, not to be tampered with or changed, like the Bible. But, of course, we must interpret its grand principles since it was composed more than two centuries ago in another age. Today’s crazy world of social media was, for example, not even dreamed about in […]