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Curve balls

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Wednesday was a well-planned day. I had a lot to do, most of which involved my being in my car. There were visits to make, a breakfast meeting to attend, a hospital room to visit, items to transport from one place to another, a guitar to take to the church so that I could do a song or two for the noon service ... well, you get the idea. Read More»

3D or not 3D?

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I don’t recall the first movie that I saw in 3-D back in the late 1950s or early 1960s. I am quite certain, however, that it was either a sci-fi flick or a monster movie. What I do recall is the white cardboard “glasses” that had one blue lens and one red lens. For whatever reason, 3-D didn’t stay around all that long. Read More»

Lessons from a road trip

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In my nine months of being a Harley-Davidson rider, I have had a few adventures and have learned a few lessons. Some lessons were learned on a recent road trip out of state.

For example, I learned that one should always check the weather report. I also learned that it doesn’t really matter if you check your own weather report if you don’t also check the weather reports at your destination — and along the route. Read More»

I am a D.D.

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“There once was a minister named Tweedle
Who refused an honorary degree.
‘Twas bad enough being Tweedle, he said,
Without being Tweedle, D.D.’”

The “D.D.” in the little rhyme stands for “Doctor of Divinity” which, in nearly every case, is an honorary degree granted to clergy or theologians, not an academically earned degree. A few weeks ago, I became the holder of the degree of “D.D.” Read More»

Jesus and Mary in Australia?

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After 2,000 years, Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene have returned to Earth. Well, maybe not.

Alan John Miller, 47, and Mary Suzanne Luck, 32, claim to be the couple reincarnated and returned to Earth. So far, they have gathered about 40 followers who have bought their claim. Read More»

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»

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