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Faith: In spite of her flaws, I love the church

I love the church. Not just (just?) the church universal, that marvelous, amazing, and miraculous Body of Christ composed of all of God’s children, everyone who ever has or ever will wear...

 

God's manual written to point us to our Savior

I’m considering buying a new weed-eater. It’s an extravagant thought. The old one, older than five of my grandkids, is still working fine but taking longer on first start. My patience is wearing t...

 

God's presence real in prayers both answered and not

One of the finest of many great gifts my mother gave me when I was just a little guy was reading to me. Most of all, she read me Bible stories. Since I wasn’t a declared English major in my...

 

Better not to wallow in drama

Some people live life with their sirens running. They are either creating wrecks, running Code 3 toward emergencies, or chasing ambulances to be sure to have a front-row seat to view the carnage....

 

Mother-in-law was a blessing and will be missed

One of the sweetest and best ladies I’ve ever known, Vernell Cotten Nance, my mother-in-law, just passed away. Maybe this is a good time to reprise this column from August 2012: My mother-in-law...

 

Real grace puts the focus on God

Amazing is exactly what real grace always is. On the other hand, the many counterfeits are pretty much what we should expect — “do-it-yourself” schemes focused on our power to occasionally...

 

Salvation by law no salvation at all

God’s grace is wonderful. But if we think grace is easy, we need to think some more. One of Jesus’ most famous stories was told in response to a religious lawyer’s question: “Teacher, who is...

 

The spokes of a wheel are nearest at the axle

My favorite columnist, Charles Krauthammer, passed away in June. When I (very often) miss his wit, wisdom, common sense, and uncommon command of the English language, I pull out his book, “Things...

 

Time waiting can be as important as time doing

What are you waiting for? The truth is that most of us spend the vast majority of our lives waiting for something. Maybe it’s a birthday. A vacation. A holiday. A graduation. A wedding. An...

 

Whatever God's name, his emphasis is on love

A good commercial can be a lot of fun. I’m thinking about the TV sort. You know — cave men, lizards with British accents. That sort of thing. But I am full to overflowing (yea, verily, to nausea)...

 

We're bound to bump into logical fallacies

I don’t have a clue what the rules are now at most universities regarding graduate/teaching assistants. I do know that when I was working on a master’s degree and serving in that capacity, teachin...

 

Words can sting, delight, fly to heights of beauty

Thingamajig. Doohickey. Dillybob. Whatsit. Those are, of course, all words we use to refer to things for which we are unsure of the actual word, if there is one, for the thingamajig in question....

 

'Trendy,' by its very nature, never lasts

“Trendy” never lasts. Whether you’re talking about clothing and hair styles, the latest instructional “cure-all” in education, technological whiz-bang devices, automobiles (think Pacers and...

 

A home renovation is easier than a soul upgrade

It was a joy last week to finally come out of the closet. Well, perhaps I’d better rephrase that lest you get the wrong idea. And, to be completely accurate, I probably should say “out of the clos...

 

Strong faith doesn't grow in a heartbeat

If God exists and is all-powerful and all-loving, why does he allow suffering in the world he created? Life’s biggest questions, the ones that truly matter, can be condensed into a few that can be c...

 

God chuckles and says, "Time for bed, child"

When I learned that CBS’ 60 Minutes news program was doing a story on sleep, I was interested. Sleeping is one thing I’ve always been very good at. But if anyone has pointers to help my technique...

 

Some advice: Take a break before you react

I’ve been enjoying reading a fine book by Alan Jacobs, a professor in the honors program at Baylor University. When I tell you the title of the book, you’ll likely smile and tell me that, obviousl...

 

Life is never really one's own possession

In the last couple of weeks, two famous people whose names I barely knew took their own lives, and so both departures have been in the news. In fact, I knew one name not at all; fashion designers and...

 

God will be with us every moment of life's adventure

I don’t remember ever quoting that famous philosopher Forrest Gump, but here you go: “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get....

 

Our souls are in need of genuine rest

For many of us, one of the hardest things we ever do is doing nothing. Incredibly difficult, disciplining ourselves to find some regular time to do nothing is the best way to make the doings that we...

 

The stars speak loudly, wisely, in silvery silence

The yard mowing was finished. One more time. A personal best, by the way. Two hours. Mowing our 10,000-square-foot yard usually requires almost three hours. The last part of the job had pretty much be...

 

Heeding God's warning tends to be critical affair

It had to be a government production, the sign I saw. Only a glassy-eyed bean-counting bureaucrat with common sense completely and laboriously expunged by years of mind-numbing training could have...

 

Despite our knowledge, society more foolish than ever

Knowledge and wisdom are not the same thing. As has been wisely observed, knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad. On a deeper level ......

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    May 4, 2018

God holds all of time, no matter what future holds

Good morning. Forgive me for even considering such, but I almost planted an exclamation point at the end of “morning.” It is indeed morning as I write. I’ve eased into light, speech, and a...

 

God's mercies are 'new every morning'

Third bird. That’s the term author Daniel Pink uses in his book, When, for folks who aren’t by nature larks (morning people) or owls (night people). Having taken the analysis he recommends for...

 

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