From Ghoul to Yule (We’re Just Not Halloween People)


Christian Life, Church Life, Current Events
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In the 21st century the holiday season begins when summer ends. Stores capitalize on the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s Eve sales boon.  The summer landscape transforms into a graveyard that quickchanges into the North Pole.  Spider webs give way to icicles.  Zombies concede the lawn to reindeer.  Strobe lights dim into candles.  Tombstones become nativities.  Ghostly shrills quiet into carols.  Candy […]

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October 31, 2017

Growing Up Roe


Christian Life, Current Events
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I was born in October 1973.  That means I was conceived (yuk!) sometime in January 1973 when seven Supreme Court justices gave birth to twins: Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.  On January 22, 1973, Roe was born just minutes before Doe.  And abortion became a constitutional right that day. You could say we have all […]

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January 20, 2017

You’ve Elected Trump, Now Start Fostering & Adopting


Christian Life, Church Life, Current Events
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I didn’t vote for Donald Trump.  We live in a “red” state where the Republican candidate could’ve spared 650,000 third-party votes without affecting the outcome.  We could’ve helped loosen the media’s stranglehold on the two-party system.   And we could’ve helped to field more promising candidates in 2020.  In reality, a vote for Trump in Tennessee was […]

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November 9, 2016

“We have celebrities but not saints”


Current Events, Psalms, Quotes of Interest
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Eugene Peterson wrote in 1983, before the Internet and smartphones: “The puzzle is why so many people live so badly.  Not so wickedly, but so inanely.  Not so cruelly, but so stupidly.  There is little to admire and less to imitate in the people who are prominent in our culture.  We have celebrities but not […]

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June 2, 2016

Should Christians Buy a Powerball Ticket?


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Current Events, Matthew
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The current Powerball estimate is over $1 billion and counting.  It’s no wonder a recent article in The Atlantic cited this staggering statistic: “According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lotteries took in $70.1 billion in sales in the 2014 fiscal year. That’s more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, […]

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January 10, 2016

Toppling the Social Media Baals


1, 2, & 3 John, Christian Life, Church Life, Colossians, Current Events, James
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Like the God who made us, we humans are incessant communicators.  We will use anything to talk to each other: scratches on a cave wall, reeds dipped in plant dye, Dixie cups and a long string, mechanical arms stamping letters on paper, or digital pixels bouncing off satellites into mobile devices for social media. God communicates […]

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September 17, 2015