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Darkness and light are cast as exact opposites in the battle between good and evil. Light as truth always eclipses darkness. However, evil, in all its darkness, can camouflage itself, can morph into … more
Acceptance. We all search for it in some form or fashion. We want to be loved completely for who we are, warts and all. I think sometimes that’s where we stumble most in our walk with the Lord. … more
Viewers tune them out; voters hate them; and researchers call them ineffective. But attack ads continue chewing up airtime as the slow march to Election Day becomes a six-week sprint. Campaigns … more
After Johnston school leaders in August delayed the return of in-person learning, a friend asked me when I thought children might be back in their classrooms. I told him that I thought students would … more
“The problem isn’t talking to yourself. It’s answering yourself.” If that’s all it takes to label me crazy, then write it on a Post-it Note with a big, black Sharpie and stick it to my … more
President Donald Trump’s critics are branding him a bigot again. This time, they’re crying wolf.  At Trump’s behest, the Office of Management and Budget told federal … more
One of the funniest signs I have ever seen was in a souvenir shop at Topsail Beach. It was a picture of a Blackbeard-type pirate, and it simply said, “The beatings will continue until morale … more
If Ander Christensen doesn’t parlay his viral video stardom into a political campaign, there might be a federal government job waiting for him. The Nebraska man made an impassioned plea to the … more
Last month, the Johnston County Board of Education said it would continue to pay coaches and band directors their salary supplements. The board did so even though football games and their halftime … more
Grace — what a beautiful word. We say it before meals, sing it at funerals, and sometimes ask creditors for it. Grace is my daughter’s middle name. We ask for grace a lot, but what does it … more
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all heard talk about businesses, services and even personnel that are essential. In March and April, the talk turned to the essential nature of those working in … more
If Ander Christensen doesn’t parlay his viral video stardom into a political campaign, there might be a federal government job waiting for him. The Nebraska man made an impassioned plea to … more
Inking a $100 million deal with Spotify made stand-up comic Joe Rogan a trailblazer in the podcasting world. But his move from California to Texas follows a well-worn, predictable path. Texas … more
“You have a flashlight?” “Nope.” “You need to go get one. You know there are snakes out here.” “I know. But I was busy and got sidetracked. It’ll be fine.” On any … more
The progressive presidential hopeful who wants to defund the police state and replace walls with turnstiles at the U.S. border isn’t Joe Biden. The gun-toting, tax-slashing swashbuckler railing … more
The progressive presidential hopeful who wants to defund the police state and replace walls with turnstiles at the U.S. border isn’t Joe Biden. The gun-toting, tax-slashing swashbuckler … more
In North Carolina, town managers serve at the whim of town councils, and I have no qualms with that. Managers, many of them handsomely paid, are responsible for the daily operations of their towns, … more
What are you telling yourself these days? It’s a strange question, I know, but it’s important to answer. I have been studying 1 Samuel, and in Chapter 27, David tells himself something that … more
When even clickbait proves more accurate than a CNN political story, it’s tough to brush off media bias as a figment of conservative critics’ imagination. Eric Trump clicked “like” on an … more
When even clickbait proves more accurate than a CNN political story, it’s tough to brush off media bias as a figment of conservative critics’ imagination. Eric Trump clicked "like" … more
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