Depression — No Laughing Matter

  It’s hard to believe that funnyman Robin Williams took his life. He seemed to be so full of zest and fun, a comic whirlwind and skilled actor who was loved by multitudes. He was about to film a sequel to his smash hit, Mrs. Doubtfire, and he had an adoring wife and...

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Tend To Your Own Calling

   Ann Coulter has dipped a spoon in the cauldron of controversy and stirred once again. In an August 6 column entitled Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded to Idiotic, the willowy author and commentator blasts Dr. Kent Brantly, the Ft. Worth physician who recently contracted the Ebola virus while tending to those suffering...

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Idol Thoughts

  The Sunday school lesson was on idolatry. The teacher listed kinds of idolatry including greed, addictions and control. “Anything else you can think of?” he asked. A woman in the front said, “Praise music. So many churches think that’s the only worship music to play. I thinking singing the...

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God Opportunities

  They are surging as a human tsunami, waves of undocumented children crossing the U.S. border from Central America. Many are fleeing drug-fueled gang wars in El Salvador and Honduras and a shocking number are unescorted by adults. Since October of last year, over 50,000 children have been taken into custody, nearly twice the number from 2013...

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Closer Than You Think

  It’s gone viral. A 60-second clip of Jim Carrey’s recent commencement speech at an Iowan university is popping up on social media sites like so many dandelions on a spring day. In case you missed it, here it is: I liked what Carrey had to say—up to a point. You see, we...

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Language Lessons

  ¿Quienes hablan español? Levantan las manos, por favor.” Translation: “Who speaks Spanish? Raise your hands, please.” I ask this question during one of my magic routines. Of course, the Hispanic kids eagerly raise their hands while the English speakers respond with “Huh?” When I translate into English, a lot of the...

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Is it Really Your Church?

  Not too long ago, a host pastor asked me if he could do “such-and-such” during a worship service in which I had a part. “You can do what you want; it’s your church,” I replied. He shot back, “No, actually, it’s God’s church.” He didn’t say it in a flippant...

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Four Ways to Access Resurrection Power

  Easter Sunday has come and gone, but the season of Easter continues. Known as Eastertide in many church traditions, the season kicks off on Easter Sunday, stretching over 50 days until Pentecost, the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. When we think of Easter, most...

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The Subversive Cross

  The Cross. It’s been bejeweled, bedazzled and bedecked with trim. It adorns the walls of homes and offices, perches atop steeples, hangs from rearview mirrors. The Cross has been etched into rings, fashioned into charms, made into diamond-encrusted pendants. Once an instrument of torture and execution, it has made its...

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