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The lesson of corporal punishment

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According to a report in GOPUSA, “Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he never intended to hurt his 4-year-old son when he hit him with a tree branch (switch). But experts in childhood development said the intent doesn’t matter — striking a child is never appropriate.” Apparently, my parents never got the memo.

I was, what was called in my neck of the woods, a “precocious” child. One definition of “precocious” is “ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child.” Read More»

Vince Dooley, Devil Dog

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Anyone who has been around Georgia and the University of Georgia football is familiar with the name of Vince Dooley.

Dooley spent his entire 25-year head coaching career at the Southeastern Conference school in Athens, Ga. He was the head football coach from 1964 through 1988 and was athletic director from 1979 to 2004. Coach Dooley compiled a record of 201-77-10, won six Southeastern Conference championships, and won the National championship in 1980. After the 1980 season, he was named “Coach of the Year” by several organizations. Dooley’s Bulldogs played in 20 post-season bowl games Read More»

Celebrating a milestone

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According to author and pastor James Emery White in his article, “Why New Churches Fail,” 40 percent of new church plants will fail before the end of their first year. Within five years, 80 percent will fail. Of the 20 percent that make it past the first five years, 80 percent of those will not survive past 10 years.

Apparently, a church, especially in its early years, is a very fragile thing. I have noticed, in the 31 years that I have lived in Georgia’s Fayette and Coweta counties, there have been many churches that have started only to disappear in a short period of time. Read More»

Showtime!

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There’s something about the opening game of high school football season. There’s a “feel” in the air that announces that all is ready for gridiron combat.

I played a total of eight seasons of football, counting junior high, high school, and military ball.

I saw my first high school football game when, in the seventh grade in 1964, my dad took me to see Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett defeat Jellico High School 89-0 on their way to a 9-0-1 season and the 1964 Tennessee State Football Championship. Read More»

Are youth the future of the church?

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I have heard for decades the statement that, “The youth are the church of the future.” Usually church members and leaders use this phrase when there is a push to establish, sustain, grow, and fund youth ministries in the local church.

I was once a youth minister/youth worker in two churches. The first was a rather large congregation in Bristol, Va., and the other a mid-size church in Johnson City, Tenn. Read More»

The Rainmaker

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I am thinking about entering a new profession. I am considering becoming a professional rain maker. Last year, for my vacation, I took a seven day motorcycle ride. The first day of my trip the weather was beautiful. Sunny skies, blue skies, warm weather, and a gentle breeze. The next five days it rained. It rained long and hard enough to give some competition to Noah’s flood. I spent most of those days in some hotel room. On day seven, the day of my return trip, the weather was beautiful. Sunny skies, blue skies, warm weather, and a gentle breeze. Read More»

The thrill and agony

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Years ago, ABC’s Wide World of Sports advertised its programs presenting the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” But what about when the thrill of victory comes and, having done nothing wrong — in fact, having done everything right — the agony of defeat comes anyway?

A short time ago, a team from Peachtree City won the Little League state championship for the first time in history and was slated to begin play in the Southeastern Regional Championships that were to be televised on ESPN. Read More»

Christians in Mosul face death

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For the first time in 1,600 years,the Christian Mass is not being celebrated in the ancient city of Mosul, Iraq.

According to a story in The Daily Beast, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Iraq’s second largest city June 10, causing most Christians in the region to flee in terror. The remnant of Mosul’s ancient Christian community, long inhabitants of the place where many believe Jonah to be buried, now faces annihilation behind ISIS lines. Those who risk worship must do so in silence, praying under new Sharia regulations that have stilled every church bell in the city. Read More»

Redskins, Warriors and Indians

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The University of West Georgia in Carrollton was once known as the “Braves.” Today, they are the “Wolves.” The name change was made because one or more people were offended saying that the old name denigrated Native Americans.

The University of Illinois, the “Fighting Illini,” has dispensed with the symbol of the “Chief” and people who allege to speak for all Native Americans are fighting to do away with the Redskins’ symbolism, as in “Washington Redskins.” Read More»

Lies parents tell their kids

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Many years ago, my oldest son had a propensity to play in the street in front of our house. Since he was only 4 or 5 years old, this was not an approved activity.

In spite of warnings, scoldings, and spankings, he always seemed to find a way to sit in the middle of the road and become a target for fast moving traffic. This behavior resulted in his being restricted to either the house or the fenced-in back yard. Read More»

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