When Christians Disagree

  When the Pope landed in America last Tuesday, controversy flew in ahead of him. Catholic Arizona representative Paul Gosar noted that he would boycott the pontiff’s speech during a joint session of Congress. Why? Because Gosar had heard that Pope Francis would not be addressing issues important to him, but rather...

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The Christians I Know

  My oldest son recently emailed me this LINK asking for my thoughts. It’s a video from John Oliver’s HBO comedy show, Last Week Tonight, exposing the shenanigans of some high-profile televangelists.  (WARNING: there is foul language that has been bleeped out). In my response to my son, I did not spare words on condemning...

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God’s Garden Club

  If you’re a gardener, you know what a volunteer is. (I’m not talking about a neighbor who helps you pull weeds). A volunteer is a plant that pops up without being planted. They come from an original plant whose seeds scatter by wind, birds or other natural means. Composters know...

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All Lives Matter — Even in the Womb

  The push to defund Planned Parenthood is picking up steam.  Two senators are introducing different bills to strip Planned Parenthood of federal monies from the organization, while media pundits and such high-profile ministers as Franklin Graham are calling for similar action. The brouhaha ignited after some undercover videos recently surfaced, exposing...

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Kindness: Something We Can All Practice

  Author Henry James wrote, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”   Today, in the world of social media that is becoming increasingly unsociable, it seems James’ three rules have been changed...

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The Narrow Road of Forgiveness

  I was on the first leg of a church bus trip when I learned about the horrific shooting at a Charleston church last week. In the quiet moments (which were few), I went through a swirl of emotions. First, sadness washed over me as I thought about the victims and the families...

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Now Accepting Patience

  I have been an impatient person for as long as I can remember. I guess I picked up this dubious quality from my father, who would often stand at the front door 20 minutes before we were supposed to leave for somewhere, looking like a bobblehead doll as he repeatedly checked...

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Church in Decline, New Study Reveals

  The other day, I informed my wife that the number of “nones” are growing in the American Protestant church. She looked at me quizzically and asked, “The church has nuns now?” No, I explained, not those kinds of nuns. I spelled “none” and told her that this was a group...

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Reunion

  Could you imagine being reunited with a child that you thought was long-dead? That was the unbelievable situation that Zella Jackson Price found herself in after meeting a daughter she hadn’t seen for nearly a half-century. When Price gave birth in a Missouri hospital in 1965, she was informed...

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