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The Gideon Bible in room 312

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I was in Petersburg, Va., making final preparations for a service of ordination that was to take place in just a couple of hours. I had driven to the hotel from my home in Georgia and was a bit weary as I was going through my sermon notes to make sure I had a decent, but not overly long, sermon.
I reached for my Bible and ... it wasn’t in my bag. I searched through the rest of my luggage and even went through the car. I had left it in Georgia. Read More»

Slavery, abortion, and the Supreme Court

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This past week marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Row v. Wade. This year also marks the 156th anniversary of what is known by observers of the Supreme Court as the Dred Scott Decision. One decision has to do with abortion rights. The other clarified and expanded slave holder rights. The rationale of the Supreme Court of both 1857 and 1973 is eerily similar. Read More»

Reflections on another birthday

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Last Monday night at church, I asked one of our little girls how old she was. She grinned and held up six fingers.

I said to her, “Well, tomorrow I will be this many,” and I kept flashing fingers until they added up to 62.

With very wide eyes, she asked, “Did you see dinosaurs when you were little?”

In 1968, the movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” hit the screens. I was 17 years old. A friend and I began to calculate how old we would be in 2001 and concluded that we would be nearly dead. We would be 50. My perspective has changed a bit since then. Read More»

College football bowl games

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The 2012/13 college football season and bowl games are now history. From a Southerner’s perspective, things turned out pretty well.

The University of Alabama crushed undefeated Notre Dame by a score of 42-14 to win the National Championship. That makes seven national titles in a row for football teams of the Southeastern Conference.

Other SEC teams winning were Vanderbilt, Georgia, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Texas A & M (who proved that, without a doubt, they are SEC- and nationally competitive). Read More»

How did you do last year?

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So how did you do last year? When you came to the end of the year, were you better off or were you disappointed? What about those projects you planned to do? That weight you were going to lose? The savings and investing you were planning you were going to do? The breaking of bad habits and the beginning of good habits? Did you get closer to your friends? To your family? To God? At the end of the year were you satisfied or did you have regrets? Read More»

The Christmas controversy

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Another Christmas has come and gone and with it, at least for another year, the so-called controversy of the greeting, “Merry Christmas.”

Some are apparently uncomfortable with the phrase being used as a common exchange of pleasantries, preferring instead, the generic, “Happy Holidays.” I realize that the season contains other significant events both religious and secular. However, let’s get real.

This past week, on Dec. 25, I would imagine that 90 percent of all businesses were closed. I would also surmise that 90 percent of all employed people had the day off. Read More»

The names

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Prior to church last Sunday morning, my wife asked, “Are you going to say something about the school slayings in Connecticut this morning?”

Frankly, I hadn’t planned to. The whole thing was just too horrible to think about, much less talk about.

Besides, what would I have to say? That there are evil and wicked men in the world? That the innocent always seem to suffer the worst? That no one is ever truly safe anywhere? That many people, myself included, are mad at God because so many innocents lost their lives?

“Do you really think I should?” I asked.

“Yes, I really do.” Read More»

True Class

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I was following several professionally dressed educators into a hotel in a Texas city. It was a bitterly cold December day and we had disembarked from the same shuttle bus and were headed for our rooms.

I know the other men and women were educators at the college and university level by the convention badges they all wore. Read More»

The season of longing

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“Peace on earth, good will toward men,” (Luke 2:14) seems but a dream. The recent past has seen angry protesters occupying public venues, a bitter political campaign has been concluded, American citizens are polarized on many issues.

The economy remains sluggish, some 23 million are unemployed, social commentators lament the loss of civility, and many are concerned that the future isn’t as promising for young people as it was for previous generations. Read More»

Making a difference

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Out of town and staying in a hotel room, I awakened early one morning and made my way to the Starbucks that was open for business in the lobby. On the way, I passed a staff sergeant, a U.S. Marine, seated in the lobby, in his winter green uniform, working at a laptop and engrossed in whatever he was doing. I decided he looked too busy for me to interrupt him. Read More»