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Have you heard people say that they will sure be glad when things in our society get “back to normal?” By that, I think they mean that when the annual race riots are over and the new vaccine is available, then life will return to ... like it was before.

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It’s difficult to get some people to smile. I know. I’ve taken photos professionally and for my own enjoyment and trying to get some folks to even crack a smile over the years was like pulling teeth.

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As it is often said, “fools rush in where angels fear to trod,” so by the end of this column I may be considered to be the fool.

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In this week’s column I have done some reflecting on a passage of scripture that came up several days ago in the Church’s lectionary.

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I’m aware that this is to a religious column but for nearly 23 years or so I have dealt with issues that are of a grave concern to the churches.

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If you are not already in the habit of keeping a pen and paper on your bedside table, I heartily recommend that you start.

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In response to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s expressed concern about a prevalent “anti-science” bias in our society, Franklin Graham posted on his Facebook: “Science isn’t truth—God is.”

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It may seem like these hot days of summer are going to last forever but it won’t be long until the days turn warm and the nights will have that chill in the air making it feel as if football season is ready to kickoff.

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It has been nearly 6 months since my family would meet twice a week at a local restaurant to have breakfast together. It was a regular routine every Tuesday and Friday morning.

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Basic Christian Faith. That phrase was also the title of a college religion course that I was required to take back in the day.

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“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” [2 Peter 3:9]

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I’ve not known a time that I can remember when the United States did not stand behind Israel. Yet, we have a president today who reportedly thinks Israel should not defend itself against terrorists groups, such as Hamas. I guess Israel is supposed to roll over and play dead while terrorists …

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I was reading a devotion today and it is so fitting for what is going on in this United States of America. The title of the devotional was “God Loves Us All.”

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It seems like there are 2 topics of conversation anymore — it’s either COVID-19 or politics. And talk to the right people and they will tell you that COVID-19 is a direct result of a conspiracy on the part of one political party or the other.

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To all of my friends, acquaintances and readers who feel the immediate need to reply “all lives matter,” this column is for you as well as well as a reminder to me.

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We were living in a parsonage at the time and our little girl was just about 4-years-old.

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For the month of July, we have been looking closely at John Wesley’s theology, as revealed in his sermons. I think that is a pretty good idea, since many of us call ourselves United Methodists.

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Can we agree to disagree? It seems to me that our society has become too polarized. Disagreements are a part of life and have been since life began (The apostle Paul goes into some of this in Romans 14). Can we acknowledge our disagreements without becoming disagreeable? I hope so.

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So just how much effort should a parent, or parents, put forth in order to get their children to church? From the time I was 2 years of age, my parents took me to church. It wasn’t a matter of asking whether or not I wanted to go to church, it was a given fact that unless I was sick, I was g…

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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So what happens if cities, counties and states decide to defund police departments? And what do these new ideas have to say about the future of America?

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This week’s column recalls a concert I once attended in college (eons ago), which does come around to something important, I promise.Harry Chapin was, and remains, one of my favorite singers and storytellers. He and his band played at my college after the release of “Taxi,” but a year before…

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The Genesis passage found in Chapter 22 is a hard passage to read. It is the passage in which Abraham is told by God to take his son, his only son, to an area God would direct him. Isaac was to be the sacrifice Abraham would offer to God.

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God brings people into our lives, some for a reason, some for a season. But it's obvious that some new acquaintances are not just “by chance” meetings. Instead, there is no mistaking that God has orchestrated such encounters. Such was the case earlier this week when I had the distinct privil…

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This is a hard column for me this week, because so much is happening as you know.

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The annual business of reshuffling ministers in the United Methodist Church has begun while the biggest business of the denomination — that could split it in 2 — has been delayed a year.