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My “Witness,” Part 6, Greenville, Part 3, First Baptist Church

My “Witness” Part 6, Greenville, Part 3: First Baptist Church Both of my grandfathers were Southern Baptist pastors. In fact, my paternal grandfather conducted the wedding ceremony for my maternal grandparents, as he was the Pastor of the church where … Continue reading

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My “Witness,” Part 3

My “witness” Part 3:For a few months in the latter part of my fifth grade year in 1970, my mother worked at a private school headquartered in a church. She had an Elementary Education degree and had taught in both … Continue reading

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Two Years of Storms, Part 2

When last I posted, Lynette’s surgeon had just confirmed to me that she had Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  In one of those statements I wish medical professionals would avoid, he said, “This sure did ruin my day.”  I hope I don’t … Continue reading

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Two Years of Storms

One thing that strikes me about the story of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4: 35-41 is the degree of panic expressed by the Disciples. It’s already been established that at least Peter, Andrew, James, and John are experienced … Continue reading

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She is Fierce

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I have Many Fewer Followers than John Piper, but here is my response to his piece on women as theology professors and as pastors. Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce This quote from the…

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She is Fierce

I have Many Fewer Followers than John Piper, but here is my response to his piece on women as theology professors and as pastors. Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce This quote from the Bard is on a … Continue reading

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A Good Last Day

Warning: Major Plot Spoiler to follow: Don’t read if you with to be surprised the by movie. I saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri yesterday.  I have to say that, overall, it’s the most wildly overpraised movie I’ve seen since Finding Llewyn … Continue reading

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On “A Catholic Spirit” in Resolutions

Whereas: John Wesley defines “catholic or universal love” as “embrace(ing) with strong and cordial affection neighbors and strangers, friends and enemies.” (“A Catholic Sprit,” III.4) And Whereas: Wesley defines as “essentials” of Christian doctrine: 1. The Trinity 2. Christ’s deity … Continue reading

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