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November 7, 2011 – 5:05 am

More than a century ago Leo Tolstoy wrote about a greedy farmer in his tale, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” This farmer was discontent with his life because he never seemed to have …

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Let It Be (Fourth Week of Advent)

December 23, 2013 – 5:37 am

For the longest time I thought a “Hail Mary” was a desperate, last-ditch throw at the end of a football game; a frantic attempt to win at the final second. Having been raised in one …

Shalom (Third Week of Advent)

December 16, 2013 – 4:56 am

“On earth peace, goodwill toward men,” sang the angels on the first Christmas morning. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. In Judaism shalom is a living concept, not a word; a vision for how …

All Means All (Second Week of Advent, 2013)

December 9, 2013 – 6:25 am

“We three kings of Orient are.” So begins a favorite carol of the Advent season about the “Wise Men” who visit the newborn Jesus. And so begins a tale that takes inaccuracy and historical revisionism …

Never Left Hanging (First Week of Advent)

December 2, 2013 – 5:39 am
Nov 30

There is a story told a hundred different ways but with the same punch line; it is about a man who falls off a cliff. He slips over the edge, careening and banging downward. Then, …

Blessed Be The Name

November 25, 2013 – 7:27 am
Nov 23

Elmore’s Department Store was one of the three more enjoyable places for a young child to visit in my small, Southern, home town. There was the Super D Five-and-Dime which had the best popcorn and …

“Never Submit”

November 18, 2013 – 6:19 am
Nov 16

One of my sons has a motto by which he attempts to live his life. It is: “Never submit.” I can attest that he practices this maxim rigorously, and it serves him well in many …

Let Us Remember

November 11, 2013 – 6:28 am

In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, a ceasefire was signed, called the Treaty of Versailles that brought World War 1 to an end. At the time, that …

“Birthin’ Babies!”

November 4, 2013 – 5:00 am
November 4

Making my usual pastoral rounds at the local hospital some time ago, I witnessed the most unusual of circumstances. A dilapidated Buick had jumped the parking lot curb and had crash-landed in the flower garden …

Hope Over Hysteria

October 28, 2013 – 5:08 am
October 28

Seventy five years ago this week, millions of ordinary Americans were convinced that the world was coming to an end. They came to this conclusion, not because Hitler was rattling his sabers in Europe and …

Smile, Your Sprinkles Are Showing

October 21, 2013 – 5:27 am
October 21

A few years ago my youngest son and I sat together one evening watching his favorite channel: The Cartoon Network. It wasn’t the reruns of Bugs Bunny or Huckleberry Hound from my own youth, but …