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The kiss — a sign of brotherly affection between friends. Judas used this deeply personal symbol of love to ratify his betrayal of Christ. Jesus had known all along of Judas’ intent. He knew … more
Whenever I grow tired of hearing the major news of the day, normally consisting of who is to blame for all the world’s problems or who has murdered whom, I often get the urge to occupy myself with … more
As a preacher’s kid, I grew up hearing my grandpa’s mantra about gambling. “If you win, you are a thief. If you lose, you are a fool.” The Christian ethic in those days was that you earned … more
Even if you’re not a sports fan, you probably heard about the mind-boggling amounts of money now being paid to Major League Baseball players, especially the superstars. In recent weeks, several … more
In these days of retirement, my mind often wonders back to those delightful, carefree boyhood days of growing up in the small Missouri Ozark and Current River town of Van Buren, Missouri. There … more
Uneasy. That’s the word I’ll use to describe the week before my surgery. I couldn’t shake the feeling, no matter how hard I tried. We’d gone to the beach a few days before the screws and … more
My pastoral ministry included many counseling sessions, which dealt with people’s personal and family problems, domestic and spiritual issues and vocational and financial concerns. During those … more
I have often, in penning these articles, spoken of being the son of a Southern Baptist pastor. This entailed attending services at least three times a week, not to mention being held to a higher … more
Let’s pick from among the more popular news topics over the past week and briefly offer some thoughts. The first item concerns discipline and involves discussions as to whether teachers should … more
Sometimes God uses seemingly the simplest of things in His Word to paint the grandest picture of His overwhelming love and mercy for us. Take the genealogies in Scripture, for example. When you see … more
Just as others have experienced in different eras, my grammar school years during the late 1950s included numerous threats, warnings or words of advice from our elders all designed to keep us kids in … more
In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. … more
In my spiritual journey, I’m always looking for a good self-help book based in spirituality and have been reading a lot of books by authors such as Paulo Cuelho, Eckhart Tolle and Lao Tzu. … more
While I am not certain what the term “aging gracefully” means, I can nonetheless say I don’t think such a thing is truly possible. It never has been and never will be. Since humans first … more
A few years ago, while visiting a country with universal health care, I took note of a busload of elementary school children unloading and entering a dental clinic. Being the curious creature I … more
hodgepodge Some people have a preoccupation with death and the dead. Many jokes, with intended humor and/or fondness, are told about dying and death, and how heaven’s door is guarded by St. … more
Everyday Grace It was inevitable. I couldn’t stop it, even if I wanted to. For some reason, the other ones didn’t bother me so much, but I was definitely having trouble with the coming of this … more
February, the month that just ended, is a strange sort of month in that is has provided us with more questions, confusion and quirkiness than all the other months combined. To begin with, let’s … more
Etched into the wall of the Central Intelligence Agency’s main lobby is a Bible verse that characterizes the CIA’s mission in a free society. It reads: “And you shall know the truth and the … more
It was springtime two years ago and I was out to dig up what remained of a palm tree that had not survived the winter. After only five strikes with my ax, I was gasping for breath and on my knees. … more
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