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The Sacred Other

The Sacred Other

Every day when we read the newspaper or watch TV we are inundated by the world’s violence.  Unthinkable violence happens not only in war-torn countries or dangerous cities, but even…

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

There comes a time in life when each of us must decide exactly who we are.  What kind of man or woman will we be?  Will we do the easy…

Light and Life

Light and Life

Bob Woods tells the story of a couple who took their son, 11, and daughter, 7, to Carlsbad Caverns. As always, when the tour reached the deepest point in the…

When God Speaks

When God Speaks

The story is told of Franklin Roosevelt, who often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said.…

A Cheerful Giver

A Cheerful Giver

On February 24, an F3 tornado came through Appomattox, Virginia, doing massive damage and killing one person.  Among other volunteers, my denomination’s state convention contributed money, materials, and manpower in…

An Empty Vessel

An Empty Vessel

Sometimes you feel empty, and it’s a bad thing.  Like when your stomach is hungry or when your heart feels vacant of love.  But there are times when it’s good…

Cookies

Cookies

One of my favorite children’s books when I was growing up was Frog and Toad Together, by Arnold Lobel1.  In this book series, Frog and Toad are best friends, and…

Sin & Salvation # 5 – “The Assurance”

Sin & Salvation # 5 – “The Assurance”

A few years ago, I went to court as a character reference for a church member who had gotten himself in trouble.  At the same time that my defendant was…

Sin & Salvation # 4 – “The Life”

Sin & Salvation # 4 – “The Life”

Did you hear about the Buddhist monk who asked the hot dog vendor, “Make me one with everything.”  He gave two dollars for a dollar fifty dog, and the vendor…

Sin & Salvation # 3 – “The Cross”

Sin & Salvation # 3 – “The Cross”

In October of 2015, a 31-year-old father named Justin McCary took his 10-year-old daughter Haley and his niece rock collecting on a piece of rail road track near Chattanooga, Tennessee. …