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It was a phone call no son or daughter wants to receive. It was my mother telling me she had just discovered Dad deceased in his bed on an early spring morning. That was the beginning of my … more
In this crazy world we live in, what is it a believer truly desires more than anything else? What is it our heart longs for and seeks after when things are reeling with uncertainty and insecurity … more
People are flocking to local newspapers to learn about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on their communities. But public health restrictions designed to slow the virus’ spread have … more
The outbreak of COVID-19 has abruptly changed every aspect of our lives. Individuals across our community are trying to find a new “normal.” But let’s be honest, how can we return … more
Regardless of who they are or where they live, pretty much everyone on earth will feel the effects of COVD-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Moreover, despite the educated guesses of … more
Fearing persecution from the Roman Empire, early Christians huddled together in private homes to pray and study the Scriptures. Nearly two centuries later, the coronavirus pandemic and its sweeping … more
The coronavirus threat has caused a panic unlike anything most of us have experienced. But who could have imagined the impact it would have on one of life’s most undignified yet necessary … more
In a recent post to her blog, revolutionalylove.org, Valarie Kaur wrote: “The blistering pace of the pandemic, the cacophony of commentary, the relentless barrage of breaking news without rest … more
What would you think if I arrived for lunch at the fanciest restaurant in town dressed in wrinkled clothes, sporting disheveled hair, wearing two different colored shoes and smiling sweetly with corn … more
Nearly 300 years after Blackbeard’s flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, the nation’s highest court is giving state governments a license to plunder. Supreme Court justices decided last … more
The sports world avoided the coronavirus until it no longer could. As of March 11, sports schedules nationwide were on go even as the virus found its way to this country. That schedule included … more
I’m not sure what to make of the coronavirus, which some folks prefer to call COVID-19. On the one hand, it’s tempting to think we’d all be safe from infection if we coughed into the crook … more
It’s amazing how something so small can have such a huge impact. Take the three-letter word “but,” for example. The consequences, especially when used scripturally, are unparalleled. For … more
In their haste to contain the coronavirus, public officials are trampling on civil liberties. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s March 14 executive order prohibits gatherings of more than 100 … more
Speaking a meager three minutes before the Johnston County Board of Education can be a daunting and intimidating challenge for the average citizen. That’s partly because the school board limits … more
The handshake is something many of us perform, some more often than others. It’s a common practice we haven’t thought much about until recently, when it took on new significance. Wikipedia … more
I watched last week’s school board meeting from the comfort of my home, a feat that was possible because the schools have the technology and the commitment to make their meetings available to the … more
I heard some talk last week about an illness called the coronavirus. You might have also heard about it. Coronavirus apparently originated in China and has since spread like wildfire to nations … more
Years ago, a colleague balked at the notion of endorsing Fred Smith for county commissioner. “But Scott, he’s a developer,” she said, the word leaving an obviously bad taste in her mouth. I … more
I cannot write that I “lost” my mom in January, because I know exactly where she is. At this very minute, she is probably making heavenly biscuits and tomato gravy for Jesus and anyone else … more
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