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My brother

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My brother had a heart attack a few weeks ago. It was totally unexpected and no warning signals were experienced.

My brother’s name is Wayne. Actually, it is Robert Wayne. For some reason both he and I have been called by our middle names all our lives.

My first name is William. I’m certain my parents had no idea the trouble they caused for us in a world where people are listed by their first name, middle initial, and last name. Read More»

'What are you doing now?'

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While visiting family in my Tennessee hometown a couple of decades ago, I decided to take my kids to lunch. I was standing in line in a fast food restaurant when I spotted someone in front of me who looked familiar.

“Margaret?” I said. The woman turned around, saw me, and said, “David!” It had been years since I had seen the person who was my very first high school love. We were an item for the entire freshman year.

After catching up a bit, she asked, “What are you doing now?” I replied that I was a pastor in Georgia. Read More»

This amazing technology

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Once in a while it dawns on me how much technology has changed things, even in the small things. The other day I was looking at the website for our diocese. Most of the news is generated from my office, although other churches and individuals in Georgia and Tennessee also contribute. We then send that information to a man in a small town in southeastern Tennessee who posts it on the website. From that point, the news goes ... everywhere. Read More»

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»

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