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Can You Still See?

It’s not entirely certain what happened that night in September long ago.  All we are sure of, in fact, is that the lawyer who had gone out to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the enemy found himself stranded on the … Continue reading

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Knowing J.I.

He was the epitome of a “gentleman and a scholar.”  For his first book, Fundamentalism and the Word of God, a rather brilliant defense of the historic Protestant position on the authority of scripture, made it plain that in his … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (May 29) – “Allergic to Hope”

The calendar will tell you that it’s not until June 20, while the temperature gauge will suggest it started weeks ago.  But for my money, summer officially begins today as area schools have now limped to the finish of the … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (May 28) – “When the Music Fades”

You could hear the pain in their question.  For after being defeated by an enemy that overwhelmed them, then forcibly relocated along a Mesopotamian Trail of Tears, the Jews who found themselves by the rivers of Babylon were in no … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (May 27) – “Picking Up the Pace”

I suppose I could have yelled at him to watch where he was going, but it wouldn’t have helped.  For as it turns out, they can see but they can’t hear.  Similarly, expecting him to stand up for himself wouldn’t … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (May 26) – “A Pew With a View, Please”

You might say that it was standing-room-only in those days.  For at least insofar as historians can tell, though believers could stand, kneel, or even lay prostrate on the floor during the first fourteen centuries of the church’s life, the … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (May 25) – “Methodist Musings on Memorial Day”

I have to confess that I really have no idea what to do today.  Because for the last 48 years or so, I’ve spent every Memorial Day dressed in church clothes sitting in a large sanctuary or auditorium somewhere for … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (May 22) – “Forgetting to Grow Old”

They live in three different countries but they all seem to have one thing in common:  apparently, no one ever told them about retirement.  And so they’ve simply continued to serve others, irrespective of their age. France’s oldest physician, for … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (May 21) – “What Aretha Said”

I have to confess that I grumbled as we rumbled along behind him.  For as if the roads weren’t bad enough on the island—to say nothing of the crazy drivers sometimes barreling right towards you at dizzying speeds—when we got … Continue reading

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COVID Contemplations (May 20) – “MYOB”

We can see it at the very beginning of God’s Word when He made it clear to Cain that we have indeed been called to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.  Likewise, just before the back of the book, 1 … Continue reading

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