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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Saturday Mourning

  Now’s the time for mirth and play,Saturday’s an holiday;Praise to heaven unceasing yield,I’ve found a lark’s nest in the field. Christopher Smart, Hymns for the Amusement of Children  I don’t know about you, but finding a bird’s nest on the ground wouldn’t excite me like it once did. When...

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And Heaven Was Opened

  United Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton tells this story: “A woman in my congregation, after years of fertility treatments, finally conceived. She and her husband were filled with joy. But early in the pregnancy she became extremely ill. By her fifth month, doctors informed her that if she continued to...

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