And You Fathers . . .

It’s beginning to feel like a new day. Folks are fleeing the two-dimensional zoom world and doing things in ways that actually feel normal again. Hints of optimism are popping up and there seems to be a growing readiness to celebrate. What a great backdrop for the entrance of Father’s Day, 2021! If ever there was a time when our nation needed to shine a spotlight on the incredible impact of fatherhood, it is now, and highlighting the  Continue reading

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A Touching Engagement

In last week’s post, An after-Dinner Eye Exam, we might have imagined ourselves gathered around the table with the other guests, as Jesus had dinner with a Pharisee named Simon (Luke 7:36-50). We watched as an uninvited and unexpected guest came in among the crowd. The dramatic demonstration of contrition, Continue reading

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An After-Dinner Eye Exam

Most public figures learn pretty quickly, and sometimes painfully, that invitations to attend social engagements don’t always turn out like we originally anticipated. Sometimes things happen that turn the event in a direction no one expected. Luke reminds us that it was just as true in Jesus’ day as it is in our own. A Pharisee named  Continue reading

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Memorial Day ~ Another Reason to Celebrate

As it should be, celebrating Memorial Day is traditionally focused on those who gave their lives in defense of our country. These days it might be worthwhile to point out that their fight was not against others because their nationality, language, religion, or ethnic and racial characteristics were different. We didn’t go to war against Japan, for instance, because their   Continue reading

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A Call for More Unmasking

As the grand “unmasking of America” begins to gather steam, it appears that mirrors across the country will be getting more face time with their owners. Millions of us will finally be allowed to breathe freely in public once again and enjoy re-discovering that faces consist of more than just two eyes and a swath of paper or cotton. Routines formerly lying dormant are being revived before “going out” now. Folks will be checking their teeth more carefully, some guys will start  Continue reading

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A Word of Exhortation

A couple of weeks ago, we presented an article that highlighted a warning about the danger of spiritual hardening. The passage that formed the basis for that discussion included an admonition regarding the counteractive measure of exhortation, as well. The divisive, spiritually oppressive, and deceitfully seductive culture surrounding us compels me not Continue reading

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