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For unto us a child is born

January 29, 2018

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Last year, I did “For unto us a child is born,” and many of you liked to read the Christmas story again with me. Here it is, for one and all. [And] Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty […]

Christian principles, family are paramount

December 4, 2017

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Who is responsible for teaching good standards among our people? By “standards” I mean good and proper thinking and behavior. I think it must start within families. And families need to be founded upon and living according to religious principles. Since the principal religion in this country is Christianity, I’ll use Christianity as my reference […]

Do we have an built-in knowledge of God?

December 4, 2017

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While putting together a book of readings recently, I ran across some old questions that have occupied scholars, theologians, believers, and probably even atheists over the centuries. Do we have a built-in knowledge of good and evil, of right and wrong, of even the existence of God? Teachings in Christianity are very clear in answering […]

Luther and the storm that remade the world

November 30, 2017

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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 […]

Luther was resolute in his defiance

November 30, 2017

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What were the indulgences that so offended Martin Luther, who criticized them in the 95 Theses he posted on the church doors of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517? That one act did more than any other to kick off the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, and revolutionized Christianity in the West. On Monday, Oct. […]

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 […]

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 […]

For unto us a Child is born,

January 8, 2017

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  [And] Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace The words above are from the Old Testament, the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6, the New King James Version. It is, of […]