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The passing of friends

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Ann B. Davis died recently at the age of 88. She came to prominence for her role on the Bob Cummings Show (1955-1959) for which she won two Emmys. She was best known for playing the housekeeper, Alice Nelson, in The Brady Bunch. She also played in movies and on stage.

One of the more interesting phenomena occurs when a well-known person dies, especially someone who is an entertainer. For many, it is almost as if a good friend or a member of the family has passed. Read More»

Smells and memories

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I was with someone recently who was using one of those “vape” things, “E-cigarettes,” that help people to either cut down on smoking or to smoke without the tar and carcinogens. From the vapor, or “smoke,” came a very pleasant aroma that triggered something happy in my mind.

“What is that smell?” I asked.

He took the vape out of his mouth and said, “It’s the aroma of pipe smoke.”

“Ah,” I thought. “There’s the memory!” Read More»

Memorial Day

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The Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Memorial Day, according to History.com, is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, and honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

First known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. Read More»

A benefit of a long tenure

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I read recently that the average tenure for pastors is 18 months. In my early days, I served as a youth minister for a year in one church and for a year in another. As a pastor, I served in my first church for a year before moving to serve about two years in another. My tenure in my third church lasted 14 months. And on it went. In my early days, tenure was short. Read More»

Small-town dysfunction

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Generally I stay away from local politics in this column unless something that happens rises to astronomical levels of absurdity — then I may wade into that murky water a bit.

In Grantville, Ga., just a few miles from my home, the antics of the City Council have tweaked the local newspaper in Coweta County enough that there have been several editorials lamenting said absurdity. Last week, the City Council finally got my attention. Read More»

Christmas is coming!

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It’s been in the 70s and low 80s here in Georgia. Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, certain trees are flowering, the birds have built nests, bees are buzzing, butterflies are dancing, and people are getting ready to open their backyard pools. And some thoughts are turning to Christmas.

It’s not too early to begin thinking about Christmas this year. In fact, the local detachment of the Marine Corps League is already making plans. Read More»

The right choice

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Life is about choices. Whatever environmental, behavioral, or genetic factors are involved, the ability to choose is what sets humanity apart from all the rest of creation.

There are those Christians who believe that humans really have no choice, that all has been predetermined. I believe that they are wrong.

In the creation account, God gives our first parents two choices: Obey God, walk with him, and enjoy a life of perfection, or choose to disobey and lose everything. Read More»

The Legion pool

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When I was a kid, I spent a good part of my summers at the Legion Pool in Kingsport, Tenn. Two or three miles from where I lived, I could get on the city bus that stopped just a few yards from my house and be dropped off at the pool. The pool was large and could accommodate a great many people, although the primary customers were children and youth. Read More»

A fork in the road

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I thought I had lost a friend. I had been visiting the Fork in the Road Restaurant in Peachtree City for several years. I enjoyed this restaurant because:
• It was locally owned and operated, with the owners among those cooking and serving;
• The employees were friendly and always helpful; and
• The food was as close as one could get to the way my mother and grandmother cooked. Read More»

Is your church a cult?

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In the 1970s, while living in another state, my family and I began attending a church. The pastor was warm, friendly, energetic, a great teacher, and seemed enthusiastically happy to see us arrive. The church was multi-racial, something unusual in the South in those days, and was full of young adults and children. There was uplifting praise, wonderful worship, and a solid and conservative theological outlook. It was a Christian church.

It was also a cult. Read More»