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In today’s heated political climate, abortion stirs immediate strong emotions. For many journalists, it is the “elephant in the room” some seek to avoid. My purpose is not to stake out a pro … more
Our kids are much older now, but they still enjoy being “kids” sometimes. For instance, the other night I heard one of them excitedly say, “Let’s play hide-and-seek!” Now, I enjoy a … more
We’ve all experienced a myriad of sounds or noises during our lives, including some that stay with us and become either pleasant or not-so-pleasant memories. As you read about sounds I recall, … more
The following suggestions are not sanctioned by any governing body or organization and are provided merely to help make life easier. Never assume the shortest checkout line at the grocery store … more
I’m departing from my usual column to pay tribute to the late Christian author, Rachel Held Evans. Ms. Evans, who passed recently at the young age of 37, had earned the title of the “Voice of the … more
Most of us have certain goals, aspirations or ambitions throughout our lives. At one time it seemed like the primary aims of many folks included such things as a good job, good health, wealth, … more
I never heard about driver’s ed when I was a teenager. At age 16 I was licensed to drive after being tested on a Johnston County Model “A” Ford school bus. That bus had a gear shift in the … more
It was just before 9 a.m. on a beautiful spring morning when my preacher dad gave me the honor of climbing the stairs to the church belfry to pull the rope attached to the church bell. I would ring … more
If you had to come up with one word to describe the most basic need of humanity, what would you come up with? Liberty? Freedom? Power? Opportunity? Fairness? Well, just throwing out some … more
As we all know from watching our TV weather reports, tornadoes are not only among the most vicious and dangerous forces in nature — they’re also highly unpredictable. Apparently the only thing … more
In December 2000, it was my distinct honor to assist in planning and leading the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to Cuba on its first agribusiness delegation to the Republic of Cuba since … more
I don’t know what you call it. It could be a “bog.” It could be a “swamp.” It could even be a “marsh,” but regardless of what it’s called, God’s message was loud and clear. My … more
There seems to be a lot more stealing going on today that we had just a few short years ago. I’m not sure why that it is or when and how this all changed, but boy, did it ever. I checked some … more
Remember those “pop quizzes” in high school and college classes? I do! They always put the fear of the divine in me if I had not done my homework reading assignment. Well, here is a pop quiz … more
Most of us have encountered words, catchphrases, statements or tunes that became stuck in our minds, like that song that we were unable to forget. These have mostly come in the form of poems, … more
I find myself in full agreement with Barbara Brown Taylor when she writes, “Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a … more
Most of us remember times when we witnessed some kind of victory. It may have been a favorite team winning a game or championship. It could have been being selected as a school valedictorian, or when … more
The kiss — a sign of brotherly affection between friends. Judas used this deeply personal symbol of love to ratify his betrayal of Christ. Jesus had known all along of Judas’ intent. He knew … more
Whenever I grow tired of hearing the major news of the day, normally consisting of who is to blame for all the world’s problems or who has murdered whom, I often get the urge to occupy myself with … more
As a preacher’s kid, I grew up hearing my grandpa’s mantra about gambling. “If you win, you are a thief. If you lose, you are a fool.” The Christian ethic in those days was that you earned … more
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