“The Art of Listening”

Oct 12

“The Art of Listening”

There is a funny story about President Franklin Roosevelt, who often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said. One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who came down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” The...

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In Need of Another Revolution

Sep 03

In Need of Another Revolution

Today is a special day in history for all Americans. On this day, September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed. It officially marked the end of The American Revolution. Representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France met to sign this treaty which signified America’s status as a free nation. Britain agreed to formally recognize the...

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“What Is Worship?”

Jul 23

“What Is Worship?”

  What is worship? It’s easier to talk about what worship is not. Worship is not music. It is not a program, It is not the money or just time we give and it is not a feeling. While music can be part of worship, it is a language all its own.We like different styles. Traditional or contemporary it doesn’t matter. Music itself is not worship. Music can be a great...

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“The Birthday Party”

Jul 04

“The Birthday Party”

I’m feeling a bit melancholy on this Saturday morning. I probably shouldn’t feel this way, but I do. It’s a beautiful beginning to the day. It’s a very pleasant 60 degrees on my back porch. The sun is shining. Birds are chirping. Squirrels are scampering about the yard. Why don’t I feel in a celebratory mood? I feel a bit like going to a birthday party honoring...

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“I’m Coming Out!”

Jul 02

“I’m Coming Out!”

“Nobody can control or define our identities unless we let them, and so I chose to come out and to define myself – nothing more.” These words are by Bradley Manning, who now identifies himself as female named Chelsea.  Manning is serving 35 years in prison for espionage and has demanded “gender confirming healthcare” from the federal prison system. Manning’s words...

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“Are we In Danger of Losing Our Religious Freedom?”

Jun 30

“Are we In Danger of Losing Our Religious Freedom?”

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to legalize same-sex marriage, there have been a rash of predictions and dire warnings about the impact this will have on religious freedom. The majority opinion seeks to appease such fears. “Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with...

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“Thoughts on Memorial Day”

May 25

“Thoughts on Memorial Day”

“Memory is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose” ~ Kevin Arnold. As I sit here in the early morning , sipping a cup of  coffee, I am alone with my memories on this Memorial Day. Memory can be a wonderful blessing. It can bring smiles, laughter or even tears of joy as we look at pictures, share stories,...

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