Religion

What’s Behind All those Empty Pews?

I  was recently called upon to deliver a sermon in my church. It was an emergency fill-in because the pastor and lay leader, both unavailable, had figured that I, as a long-time newspaper reporter and editor accustomed to deadlines, could put something together that wouldn’t result in raucous dissention in the pews. I reluctantly agreed, despite several good reasons not to, because I knew my God-fearing and conscientious church-attending parents in Heaven would want me to do it. It [...]

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By |2023-10-04T15:00:34+00:00October 4, 2023|Christians, Church, Religion|

Trying to Stem an “Epidemic of Lying”

Staying ignorant of the truth is literally a no-brainer. We live in an epidemic of lying. Research shows that about 60 percent of adults lie at least once in a ten-minute conversation. About 40 percent lie on their resumes, and 90 percent lie on their online dating profiles. — Dr. Amit Sood, Director of Research, Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why people lie, and why some seem incapable [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Going to Extremes

Barry Goldwater, five-term senator and Republican Presidential nominee in 1964, isn’t remembered for much — even by members of his own party. He lost, and the youngest of the people who voted in that election are in their seventies now. When candidates from that party want to quote a President other than Lincoln, it’s usually Ronald Reagan, but Goldwater did say the following: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:10:40+00:00October 13, 2015|Extremes, Politics, Religion, Social Issues, Terrorism|
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