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My last column

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This is my last and final column.

Well, it might be.

It could be, that is, if Preacher Harold Camping is right.

The Rev’d Camping, leader of the Oakland, CA-based Family Radio World, an independent Christian ministry, has announced that, at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, the end of the world begins with a massive earthquake. Since that’s just a few hours away, I thought that you should know in case there’s anything you need to do to get ready. Read More»

David Wilkerson

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When I was a teenager, I somehow came across a book with the title, “The Cross and the Switchblade.” The true story was about a skinny, young Assemblies of God preacher from Pennsylvania who, in 1958, felt called to go to New York City to attempt to speak to some gang members who had been arrested for murder. He never met those particular gang members but, in 1959, he began a journey that led him to minister among the gangs of New York City. Read More»

Osama bin Laden is dead

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Osama bin Laden is dead.

On Sept. 11, 2001, I sat transfixed in front of the TV as the day’s news unfolded. At the end of the day, overcome with shock, yet desirous to make some positive statement, I affixed an American flag to the post on my front porch and vowed to leave it there until the one responsible for these crimes was brought to justice. I had no idea that so much time would elapse. Read More»

The challenge

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It started with a challenge. For several years, I had been promising the members of the worship ministry of our church that we would get them newer vestments. Vestments are the “uniforms” that people in certain ministries of the church wear during worship services. In some churches, the choir members wear robes and perhaps a stole. In our church they wear a black cassock and white cotta. In any event, the old vestments were both worn out and too hot for the Georgia summers. Read More»

A transforming experience

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Lent is nearly over. In the Christian calendar, Lent is a 40-day period (excluding Sundays) of repentance, self-examination, and amendment of life. Lent may include fasting, giving up undesirable habits or activities, increased spiritual devotion, and adopting a host of attitudes and practices deemed beneficial. Lent, however, is not an end in itself. Lent is a journey that has a destination. Read More»

30 years of tradition

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It is a rare occurrence when diverse churches gather to worship together and to do something meaningful. It is rarer still when diverse churches gather to worship and do something meaningful for 30 years in a row. Yet, on Good Friday in Peachtree City, that is exactly what will happen.

Thirty years ago, several pastors met regularly for breakfast and, eventually, one of them had the idea to do a joint Community Good Friday Service that would focus not on denominational distinctives but on their common salvation in Jesus Christ. Read More»

Obama's 'flip-flops'?

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President Barack Obama has come under fire in recent days both from the political Left and from the Right for “flip-flopping” on campaign promises.

Among the so-called flip-flops are the following:

• Candidate Obama promised to close Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) while President Obama has kept it open.

• Candidate Obama said he would repeal the “Bush tax cuts” while President Obama has left them in place.

• Candidate Obama supported the healthcare single-payer mandate while President Obama compromised and dropped it from his healthcare proposal. Read More»

Cut some slack

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Recently, on a flight home from Illinois, I sat next to a man who was an executive in a corporation. The man was pleasant, chatted with passengers who were finding their seats, and seemed genuinely interested in every person boarding the airplane. There were a couple of people who were unresponsive to his smile and greetings but he didn’t seem disturbed by that one bit. Read More»

The Charlie Sheen meltdown

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Late night comedians and a number of news agencies have had a field day with the public self-destruction of actor Charlie Sheen. Millions of people have watched Sheen’s explanations, rantings, and antics on TV and on the Internet with unbridled amusement. The problem is this: It’s not funny.

Several years ago, Sheen’s father, Martin Sheen, endured public anguish and humiliation as he announced that his son had a drug problem. It was obvious that the elder Sheen was in tremendous pain watching his talented son destroy himself and crush those who loved him most. Read More»

Union parasites and government employees

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Not long ago, several people were spotted at a Tea Party rally carrying signs that were anti-union. The signs read, “Time to Stop Union Parasites,” and “Unions Greedy Socialists.” There also seems to be an attitude developing, among some, that government employees are somehow undermining the fabric of American society. Read More»

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