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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

On Doing the Right Thing

June 17, 2018

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Not too long ago I read a sweet piece in the WSJ by the distinguished historian David McCullough’s doctor. One quote struck me as so truth-filled that I share it with you. “…things worked out [back then],” McCullough said, “because individuals behaved in certain ways, with integrity and resilience.” I thought, yes, how true. Then […]

Martin Luther and the Storm that Remade the World

May 14, 2018

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I encourage you to attend a celebration on Monday, Oct. 30, of the life and times of Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation. The event, at the University of Alabama Moody Music Building, begins with a reception and book exhibit at 5 p.m. and follows with a program at 6 p.m. on “The […]

Prophecies

April 15, 2018

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Today Christians celebrate the transcending moment that changed the world forever. I can assure you I am not talking of politicians, ideologies, liberty, diversity, sexual peccadillos, race, gender and other man-driven issues and problems that dog our world. One Sunday, more than two thousand years ago, prophecies from the Old Testament about the coming and […]

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. […]

Is Bigger Always Better?

April 13, 2018

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Maybe, maybe not. I write as a 5’8” male, decidedly short in our world of tall people. Napoleon Bonaparte, however, strode over much of Europe in the early nineteenth century and he was a shrimp. I recently read an article in an online Christian magazine on small versus big churches. What can small churches offer […]

The Internet Church

April 12, 2018

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You knew it was coming, right? The Internet covers the whole of life. So why not “The Internet Church?” Outreach Magazine (the online version of course) recently featured the Internet Church, with the thoughtful question: “Is the Internet Church Really the Church?” I hadn’t really thought much about it. If early Christians worshiped in homes […]

Hawaii’s Ambassador to Alabama

January 30, 2018

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The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, that “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5: 20). Surprisingly, when I heard UA’s quarterback Tua Tagovailoa respond in the seconds following his touchdown pass that cinched the National Championship for Alabama that he owed everything […]