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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The War for the Soul of America

November 16, 2019

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Last week we challenged higher education’s goal of diversity rather than excellence in mission and teaching. Today, let’s rachet up the stakes a bit. Our nation today is engaged in a war for its very soul. I don’t want to exaggerate for the sake of notoriety or getting your attention, but a speech by Attorney […]

My Hispanic Friend and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2019

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While in jail a few weeks ago I ran into a couple of friends, one new and one old. Let me hasten to add that I was in jail to teach the Bible with a group of Christian men and women who go into the Tuscaloosa County Jail every Tuesday night. So, I go into […]

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 […]

A View from the Lectern

September 16, 2018

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As a historian, I have taught across a spectrum of the Latin American and American experiences. I have also taught the history of the Christian church over the past two decades since a colleague and I inherited a similar course from Vern Grosse who taught it for many years at UA. I come at the […]

Giving Back

September 16, 2018

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A few weeks ago, the church I attend held a service day in which thousands of church members stepped out their comfort zones to help people in Alabama. The pastor of the church delivered an impassioned sermon on how service changes people. By changing people, he meant not simply the people who were served, but […]

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

September 16, 2018

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Not too long ago I started to learn this great old Negro slave spiritual in my piano lessons. As I read the notes, and (very) slowly to combine the top hand with the bottom hand (treble clef with bass clef as I also slowly learn the language of the piano), and as I worked on […]

What’s Wrong, and What to Do About It

April 13, 2018

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By now every pundit, politician, columnist, pastor, minister, Rabbi, editorial page writer and anybody else who can entertain a thought has thought about what is happening in our schools, and what to do about it. The solutions go from more gun control to putting a platoon of U. S. Marines in every school in America. […]