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Down Home: Sundays, oxen and a peppercorn cannon

Down Home: Sundays, oxen and a peppercorn cannon

Sometimes, the most carefully devised plans blow up like a peppercorn cannon. At least that’s what happened the other Sunday afternoon.

       
2nd Opinion: Entertained by angels?

2nd Opinion: Entertained by angels?

When my friend told me his story of getting help from a mysterious stranger in a Honduran airport, I thought of a Bible verse.

       
Guest Editorial: A few sanity-savers as school gets under way

Guest Editorial: A few sanity-savers as school gets under way

If not already, pretty soon, the sunscreen-shined SUV seats will be covered in permission slips, after-school snacks and random articles of clothing shucked en route to after-school activities.

       
2nd Opinion: Has humanity entered a new depth of degradation?

2nd Opinion: Has humanity entered a new depth of degradation?

Warfare never is pretty. Hatred and intolerance are nothing new, even in a land supposedly founded on tolerance and respect. “Man’s inhumanity to man” is a recurring theme in every age.

       
Right or Wrong? Contextualizing the gospel

Right or Wrong? Contextualizing the gospel

We’re told we should contextualize the gospel, but this sounds like watering it down or forfeiting important principles. So, what nonessential gospel elements can be contextualized?

       
Guest editorial: “I have depression”

Guest editorial: “I have depression”

I have depression. I do. There’s no point pretending I don’t. I could pretend, but the truth will make itself known eventually.

       
Down Home: Sad exit for a funny, funny man

Down Home: Sad exit for a funny, funny man

More than most celebrity deaths, the passing of Robin Williams hit hard at our home. The barrage of articles and comments on the Internet indicates we were not alone.

       
2nd Opinion: Taking out the trash

2nd Opinion: Taking out the trash

I went to the town dump today, and I found it open, functioning, filled with people doing the right thing in the right way. Imagine Congress being that capable.

       
Right or Wrong? Unpopular stands

Right or Wrong? Unpopular stands

How can a minister take unpopular stands on important issues and still express care for the congregation?

       
Down Home: Ezra, Marvo & keeping really, really quiet

Down Home: Ezra, Marvo & keeping really, really quiet

Early in the morning, the tiniest sounds reverberate through an otherwise-quiet house. Ezra, my three-year-old grandson, had not learned this fact yet.

       
2nd Opinion: Is anyone answering Iraqi Christians’ cries for help?

2nd Opinion: Who will answer Iraqi Christians’ cries for help?

Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening?

       
Analysis: Revitalized churches and transformational leadership

Analysis: Revitalized churches and transformational leadership

Seminaries, denominational headquarters and church libraries are filled with studies, surveys and opinions about why churches in the United States plateau and decline. However, few address a pastor’s leadership style as a contributing cause or solution.

       
Right or Wrong? A multicultural culture

Right or Wrong? A multicultural culture

Most churches seem boggled by the dynamics of our secular, multicultural, multifaith society. How do churches develop Great Commission values in the face of such diversity?

       
Downw Home: A ‘jungling’ octopus & the joys of summer

Down Home: A ‘jungling’ octopus & the joys of summer

Even after being away from home, it’s a sin not to stop and play with your grandson.

       
2nd Opinion: How to throw away a Bible

2nd Opinion: How to throw away a Bible

After some saints of my church decided to clear out our Sunday school storage area (who wants to do that job?), an unusual question was posed: “What do we do with damaged Bibles?”

       
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