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Questions in Genesis are questions that we all have. A couple of years ago, I wrote briefly about a few of them. Over most of the next few months, I hope to share some thoughts about some of them in this space. From the first question in Genesis, the serpent’s, “Did God really say ...?” to t…

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The Calvert City United Methodist Church is hosting an organ dedication concert on September 25 at 4 p.m. at the church on 571 Oak Park. This concert will feature local musicians, including Emily Black, Dr. Todd Hill, Owen Cody, and Mark Cain.

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Some of the consequences of the miracles of Jesus in the New Testament must have been their economic and social impact. Consider the value of a great catch of fish, the ability to work after being healed of a withered hand or being lame, or reentering society after being cleansed of leprosy.

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All talk is not a good thing. What is worse is talking in one direction while acting in another. It is deceptive and manipulative. It is one thing to do it to gain an advantage in sports — as in the attempt to draw a defensive team offside to gain a free first down. It is another matter enti…

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There are times when two principles I hold conflict with each other. It happens every time someone whom I know has made a poor decision and refuses to make changes asks for help. On the one side I believe that people should be allowed to experience the consequences of their actions. On the o…

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There are two things that lead us to questionable decisions in life. The first is doing what we want and finding a way to justify it. One of the most egregious might be, “God wants me to be happy, therefore it is OK for me to ... because it makes me happy.” The second is doing something diff…

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There are some events in life that are unavoidable. Try as we might, we cannot hide. We may get away with it for a little while, but not facing difficult situations catches up with us eventually. Even if we avoid them forever, they will leave their mark on us. It is not good for us to avoid …

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There are phases of life that are more demanding than others, or at least phases which demand different things from us. Most people understand the value of saving for an emergency or for a time when income may be reduced or temporarily stopped. We understand that the time for picking fruit o…

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In 1961, John F. Kennedy misattributed a famous quote at the conclusion of a speech before the Canadian Parliament. It is one of those that is difficult to track down. Someone may know where it came from, but I can’t find it anywhere. Here is what Kennedy said, “At the conference table and i…

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I have a picture of my grandfather sitting on a log which is on a wagon being pulled by a mule team. The log looks to be about 15 feet long and its diameter is greater than my grandfather’s five-foot ten-inch frame. The picture was taken in the mid 1930’s. The skill it took to fell the tree …

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I listen to a lot of talk on the radio and an occasional podcast. I know people who listen to others talking when they drive, ride bicycles, workout, or prepare meals. Many of us watch editorialized news that confirms our view of the world. This is sometimes mistaken for thinking. Experience…

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ALTO PASS — The Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, Illinois, will host the UNITE at the Cross Christian Music Festival Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17. The event is being produced by Great Big Family Productions in partnership with Midwest Music Supply and sponsored by ChildFund.

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“Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. To be an optimist you don’t have to ignore all the many problems we create; you just have to imagine improving our capacity to solve problems.” Kevin Kelly — 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice at The Technium (https://kk.org/thetechnium/68-…

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One group mourns, another rejoices. Opinions are written. Photojournalists take pictures. “Newstainment” talking heads keep the bases stirred up. The radical middle mulls over the latest distraction, event, catastrophe. No one, not a single person, understands the implications of what just h…

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Big, important words are always going to be worth discussing. Take, for example, “love” and “acceptance.” I might say I can love someone without accepting them, meaning that I love a person but cannot accept their behavior. I could also say that I can accept someone without loving them, mean…

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Today I stood in a wooden 15-foot square structure that a group of mostly young and inexperienced builders constructed in about five hours. I stood there with 14 Americans as the Honduran recipient of a new house prayed with us. He prayed for nearly five minutes; most of his prayer was thank…

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Life is a messy process, literally. There is always something to put in the washing machine. A new tranche of mail arrives every day. I have no idea where all the dust comes from, but occasionally someone in the house will sweep it or suck it up into a vacuum. The dishes are never done. If t…

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Poverty, divorce, abortion, war, mass shootings. The list can be as long as one wants to make it. In a nation and world as complex and interdependent as ours, answers can leave us at a loss. We often resort to policy and blame.

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Almost exactly one year ago my wife and I sat in the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. We were there to witness the commissioning of the class of 2021 Navy and Marine officers. The Commandant of the Marine Corps spoke briefly before he administered the oath to those who chose…

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John F. Kennedy famously outshined Richard M. Nixon in the first televised presidential debate. Radio listeners gave the win to Nixon. Television viewers went overwhelmingly for Kennedy. From that day to this, being good in front of a camera has been a qualification for running for national …

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It is graduation season. This month and next there will be millions of diplomas and degrees awarded for those who have met the requirements for matriculation (we’ll stretch the definition to include high school here). There are two main attitudes seen as students walk toward the left side of…

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Occasionally I will pick up a random classic and start reading. I do this to prevent falling into a reading rut and to keep my mind sharp. I am always rewarded for the effort. Those who read this space are often subjected to those gems I find in plain sight.

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Our part of the planet is coming to life again. The yellows, purples, and whites of early flowers have announced the arrival of spring. Evidence of life where there was none just a few weeks ago reminds us of the beauty of the rhythms of nature. Resurrection is on our minds whether we realiz…

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Life in all its forms has a rhythm. It is predictable that spring follows winter. Yet every year I hear people fascinated by the sudden changes in weather and the beauty of the long-awaited colors of the spring flowers. It is expected. It is dependable. It is predictable. Its complexity is b…

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I wonder what the world would look like, or feel like, if we all said what we were thinking. It would be even more interesting or dangerous if we acted on even half of those thoughts. Any reaction to this at all demonstrates how far away we are from goodness and purity. Maybe your reaction w…

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Anyone who has ever been part of a business, religious organization, civic club, or sports team has experienced the difference in leadership and authority. Many of us have been part of organizations where leadership succeeded in spite of those in authority.

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The talking heads are at it. Still. “If we would have done this or that, or not done this or that, things would be different.” Well . . . they are right, but they don’t know how things would have been different. It is easy to create a future that isn’t going to happen.

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Runners hit “the wall.” Some sports fans get so accustomed to losing that it becomes part of their identity, enjoying seeing all the new ways their teams can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Those last two miles of a hike back to the car after all the sights have been seen can be brut…

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“Show me you love me.” If ever these words hit your ears, run away. Odds are they are on the lips of one trying to manipulate someone else into doing something they are not prepared to do. They are found on the lips of those who are good at getting others to do what they want without a thoug…

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I grew up in a time when history and social studies taught that the United States was a “melting pot.” It is a founding metaphor for the United States that may have been in use since the 1780’s. In recent decades that metaphor has been challenged because the homogenous culture that most imag…

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I like a little salt in my soup, but I do not like soup in my salt. The former makes the soup better, the latter ruins both. It may be that politics and religion have a similar relationship. It is a popular understanding that discussing religion and politics leads to trouble. This is an indi…

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In Genesis we are told the story of Adam and Eve being evicted from the Garden of Eden. It is the end of what has historically been called “the fall of man.” It is not called that in the Bible unless one has a doctrinal predisposition toward it and then searches for supporting texts. It is a…

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There is no excuse for racism. It is based on ignorance, the sins of previous generations, and fear. There is nothing to commend it — ever. It is also true that we human beings are forever tribal in our thinking. That is not a bad thing unless it causes us to mistreat those who are not in ou…

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One of my favorite environments is outside right after a snowfall. There is a clean and clear quality to the air and sound is muffled so as to draw one into peace, if only for a few moments. When enough snow falls, it causes us to either slow down or stop completely. Even if we go about our …

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No one knows when New Year’s resolutions began, but we do know that the annual practice of renewing one’s better goals is ancient. Of course, it did not happen on January 1 as we might do today. It may have been related to the planting of crops, or in Egypt, the Nile floods.