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Faith: Gifts should come from genuine, unselfish love

Uh oh. It seems that the date for this column should probably indicate its content. Rats! If the whole thing reads like it was written by a Valentine’s Day grinch, I should just plead guilty....

 

Faith: Church lost an irreplaceable lady

You probably didn’t notice a wobble in the Earth’s rotation, a split-second tilt in its axis, a brief cosmic stutter last Wednesday. Neither did I. But when I learned later that a sweet lady in...

 

Faith: God's 'mercies are new every morning'

What a sweet morning I’ve just experienced. And this from a person not in the habit of gushing about mornings. A “morning person,” I am not. The preceding sentence is just a fact. No moral...

 

Faith: Children could take better shot at leading government

As I write, it is Day 31 of the longest government shutdown in the history of our nation. I tend to think that a much longer, much more permanent, shutdown of a good many regulation-spawning...

 

Faith: God makes all things new - but maybe not trucks

A big part of this is reverse snobbery, I know, but I love my old pickup truck. That faithful machine already had 90,000 miles on it when I flew down to Houston a bunch of years ago, laid eyes on it,...

 

Faith: We should spend some time looking in both directions

Well, here we find ourselves again in January, and maybe some reflection is in order. On the one hand, author Thomas Mann is right: “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thund...

 

Faith: Remember season's lesson, no matter how you celebrate

I am writing this column on Dec. 26. Christmas is not even close to being over. This is only the second of the “twelve days of Christmas,” which was a season a very long time before it was a...

 

Faith: Hope runs deep in the Christmas season

Hope. One of the most beautiful of words, hope is very near the heart of this season. For me, the Christmas-singing season usually starts in earnest about the second week in December. I start...

 

Faith: World may be crazy but God breathtakingly wise

If extraterrestrials were to land in our part of the world seeking intelligent life, I often think they’d return to their mothership reporting that none exists. I do not believe extraterrestrials...

 

Faith: Christmas trees don't have to be perfect to be beautiful

My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an...

 

Faith: Why does God attend worship?

A number of years ago now, I took some of our family 70 miles down the road looking for a little dose of culture. We went to hear the symphony, and, with them, the man who’s arguably the best...

 

Faith: We share similarities, but Father Tim the better pastor

I’ve been enjoying re-reading Jan Karon’s books set in Mitford, North Carolina, centering on the life and ministry of the community’s Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh. I like Father Tim....

 

Faith: God's truth: Love always greater than power

I recently read a well-written obituary by James R. Hagerty in The Wall Street Journal. The story focused on a woman who so loved to be in the spotlight that her former husband — she had four and...

 

Faith: God best defense against spiritual rodents

I like to think of our back yard as a mostly safe, peaceful, and appealing place. Until recently, it was. Oh, there were years when a good-natured Great Dane lived there. It was safe. He was...

 

Faith: Jesus still the best friend any of us have

If I ever write anything wise — you know, the kind of pithy one-sentence bit of proverb-like wisdom that shows up in quotation books and on Internet “great quotes” sites — I hope I can avoid...

 

Faith: Grandparents' home full of joy, memories

If you know me, any of my three brothers, or, heaven help you, all of us, you know that our grandparents’ old place in Robert Lee, Texas, is dear to our hearts. Granddaddy Key built the house in...

 

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...

 

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