Discovery And Destruction

When Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Bahamas, it was not so much a “discovery” as it was an accident. As it has been quipped, Columbus didn’t know where he was going, didn’t know where he was when he arrived, and when he returned home, couldn’t tell anyone where he had been. Native and indigenous…
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How To Make A Difference

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” This is counsel from the Apostle Paul found in his letter to the Philippians. “Put these into practice,” – this kind of thinking, he says – “and peace will be with you.” That’s…
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When You Say Nothing At All

A couple of decades ago I could cram for a history exam, carry on a conversation with a dorm room full of people, sing along to the radio, and watch MTV in the background (I told you it was decades ago – when there was actual music on MTV) all at the same time. And…
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An Education

I am white. My adopted son is black. When I first carried him into the church I was pastoring at the time, a lady looked at him in my arms, gave a twisted smile, and said, “Well hon, just lather him up with sunblock. It’ll keep him from turning into a darky.” Off to Sunday…
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Hitting The Wall

On the walls of the church sanctuaries of my youth were these consecrated tote boards. I don’t know the official name of these accessories, but these placards recorded every jot and tittle of faithful Christian service for all the world to see. The boards recorded the numbers in attendance; the amount of the offering; those…
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