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Hating the Haters

August 27, 2012 – 5:23 am |

Several years ago, on the courthouse steps of the town in which I lived, there was a rally.  A homosexual couple in our community was seeking to become foster parents. You can imagine the kickback …

Like a Good Neighbor

July 23, 2012 – 6:41 am |

A man was going from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Louisville, Kentucky, when along the way he had a flat tire. Stranded on the side of the road, he was robbed, his car was stripped, he was …

You Are Welcome!

June 4, 2012 – 4:35 am |

I have heard some Mennonites use the term “non-violent evangelism.” It is a way of sharing faith that does not harm those with whom they share. It is built on mutual respect, love for others, …

Sometimes Heroes Need a Hero

May 21, 2012 – 4:34 am |

Auguste Deter was a forty-something-year-old woman living in Kassel, Germany. She had a pleasant life with her husband and their only daughter; nothing extraordinary, but she was irreplaceable to her family and her to them. …

The Gospel According to Jesus

February 20, 2012 – 4:38 am |

While traveling in Central America, I had the opportunity to worship at an international, interdenominational, English-speaking church. The congregation contained Africans, Italians, Spaniards, Latinos, Americans, and Asians. We sang old Irish hymns and modern, Australian …

“The Sons of Former Slaves and Former Slave Owners”

January 16, 2012 – 1:46 pm |

I was fifteen-years old when the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday first became the law of the land. Having lived my entire childhood in Georgia, also Dr. King’s birthplace, I knew his story and heroics …

Love Doesn’t Succeed; It Shines

October 17, 2011 – 5:13 am |

“Love others as much as you love yourself,” Jesus told his followers. These words are considerably more than a sugary Sunday School story. For those who take these words to heart, “love others” has profound, …

“Here I Stand. I Can Do No Other.”

September 7, 2011 – 5:16 am |

“Here I stand! I can do no other,” Martin Luther reportedly said as he stood before the papal commission that was investigating his radical beliefs. Taking a “stand” has been the Protestant rage ever since. …

‘The Help’ reveals a dark side of social justice

September 6, 2011 – 1:08 pm |

Sometimes I just have to clap at the end of a film in a movie theater. I did that one recent Saturday at the end of the showing of  “The Help,” and it started a modest clapping …

Hope…Is A Verb

August 1, 2011 – 5:09 am |

What if it were possible for us to travel back in time some hundred or so years? What if we could do that, and upon meeting our not so distant ancestors, we …