Offense of Grace

  Here we go again. Audrey Jarvis, a 19-year old student at Sonoma State University in California, was working for a campus organization when a supervisor told her to remove a cross necklace she was wearing. According to Jarvis’ attorney, Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute, Audrey was working for the university’s...

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The Story of Old Glory

  We all know that the American flag has 50 stars and 13 red-and-white stripes, but it didn’t look like that in the beginning. The first American flag was dubbed the Continental Colors or the Grand Union Flag. It boasted familiar red-and-white stripes, but the Union Jack was in the field instead of stars. This...

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The Man With the Plan

  Everyone has a mission statement nowadays. Even fast food places. Years ago, I found this corporate mission statement on the McDonald’s website: We’re not just a hamburger company serving people; we’re a people company serving hamburgers. Kinda chokes you up, doesn’t it? The mission statement, not the hamburgers. The...

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Symbol of Hope

  “Faster than a speeding bullet…more powerful than a locomotive…able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! I have been a Superman fanatic since I was a burr-headed boy. Every day after school, I would rush home—fly, if you will—to catch The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves in the...

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Hanging Out with the Wrong People

  Annual conference time is upon us, that season in the United Methodist church where clergy and lay delegates sweep in from all points of a defined geographical area to worship, hear reports and vote on resolutions. On the first morning of the Central Texas Annual Conference in Ft. Worth,...

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I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy

  I’m a wanna-be outdoorsman. Though I’ve done my fair share of camping, fishing and hiking, I’m a greenhorn when compared to Munro baggers, volcano boarders and glacier cavers. I’m fascinated by people who climb sheer granite cliffs, hike the 2200 mile Appalachian trail, navigate angry rapids, hunt wild game. The...

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Don’t Write the Obituary Just Yet

  Last week I came across a slideshow of creepy abandoned churches across the United States. The pictures seem to be a metaphor for denominationalism across the United States, which is slowly crumbling like the inner-city cathedrals whose congregations left long ago. With alarming regularity another report or survey comes out that reveals...

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Mixed Marriage

  The Lady Is a Tramp She was a floozy, the kind of girl your mother warned you about and your dad might take a sneak peek at. She wore purple eye shadow, thick mascara and lipstick so red that hummingbirds buzzed around her. Her dresses were always a size or...

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A Skeptic’s Question

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV) Today, on this National Day of Prayer, my mind went back to an email conversation that I had with a skeptical friend many years ago. He had sent me a link to a...

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A Christian By Any Other Name

“The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch,” Acts 11:26 tells us–but musician Marcus Mumford declines the name, thank you very much. In an interview last month with Rolling Stone, the 26-year old leader of the British band Mumford & Sons and the child of Vineyard pastors, declined to apply the name of...

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