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Fourth of July 2019

When my grandfather was about 12 years old, he left his family in Italy and sailed around the world. I remember sitting on his knee and hearing stories, in very broken English,…

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Farewell

The opening line of the last book of the Torah gives us a clue as to why this book is called Deuteronomy. In Greek, Deuteronomy literally translates “second law.” But…

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The Antidote

In 2006, the results of a study conducted by San Francisco’s Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic created lots of conversations and even more jokes at the expense of women everywhere….

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Show Me!

For as long as I can remember I knew that Missouri is “The Show Me State”, I even know the story behind the nickname (or at least the story that…

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Pentecost 2019

Pentecost was originally a Jewish feast that concluded the 50 days of Passover. It celebrated the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. Today it…

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Memorial Day

Greetings! One of the greatest speeches ever given is also one of greatest tributes to American soldiers. It is a speech given at Gettysburg by President Lincoln before Memorial Day…

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Going Barefoot

Going Barefoot (Exodus 1:1-2:10) Take off your shoes. No, I really mean it. Right now. Stop what you’re doing. Put down your phone, turn away from your computer screen. Now,…

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Radical Presence

  I don’t know if Stephen Prothero is correct or not, but if he is, then I imagine that most people don’t know the story of Moses. Prothero is a…

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We Say Farewell

About this time some sixteen years ago, I sat in the parking lot in Nacogdoches, Texas. I had traveled through the city many times but rarely had stopped to do…

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Resurrection 2019

Like millions of others this past Sunday, I was captivated by The Masters golf tournament. To be honest, I almost always watch The Masters, but this year, I watched with…