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The thrill and agony

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Years ago, ABC’s Wide World of Sports advertised its programs presenting the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” But what about when the thrill of victory comes and, having done nothing wrong — in fact, having done everything right — the agony of defeat comes anyway?

A short time ago, a team from Peachtree City won the Little League state championship for the first time in history and was slated to begin play in the Southeastern Regional Championships that were to be televised on ESPN. Read More»

Christians in Mosul face death

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For the first time in 1,600 years,the Christian Mass is not being celebrated in the ancient city of Mosul, Iraq.

According to a story in The Daily Beast, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Iraq’s second largest city June 10, causing most Christians in the region to flee in terror. The remnant of Mosul’s ancient Christian community, long inhabitants of the place where many believe Jonah to be buried, now faces annihilation behind ISIS lines. Those who risk worship must do so in silence, praying under new Sharia regulations that have stilled every church bell in the city. Read More»

Redskins, Warriors and Indians

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The University of West Georgia in Carrollton was once known as the “Braves.” Today, they are the “Wolves.” The name change was made because one or more people were offended saying that the old name denigrated Native Americans.

The University of Illinois, the “Fighting Illini,” has dispensed with the symbol of the “Chief” and people who allege to speak for all Native Americans are fighting to do away with the Redskins’ symbolism, as in “Washington Redskins.” Read More»

Lies parents tell their kids

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Many years ago, my oldest son had a propensity to play in the street in front of our house. Since he was only 4 or 5 years old, this was not an approved activity.

In spite of warnings, scoldings, and spankings, he always seemed to find a way to sit in the middle of the road and become a target for fast moving traffic. This behavior resulted in his being restricted to either the house or the fenced-in back yard. Read More»

When change comes

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Change is inevitable. It cannot be stopped. It will always happen. Often the change comes when those in authority resign, die, receive new assignments, or otherwise vacant the scene. When this happens, there is almost always some uneasiness, concern, anxiety, and confusion. When change comes, what is one to do? Read More»

Just a storyteller

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A friend was telling me that, not long ago, he was in a group undergoing training at a local hospital. The members of the group were instructed to introduce themselves and share some personal information, including where they attended church.

My friend said that he attended Christ the King.

A lady in the group said, “Oh, I know that church. The pastor is David Epps. He’s the guy who writes articles about himself in the paper.”

My friend shared this with me, getting a good laugh in the process. I wasn’t offended or insulted. I was intrigued. Read More»

'Thank you for serving'

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It is fairly common these days for military veterans to hear from grateful citizens, “Thank you for your service.” Indeed, whenever I see someone with a military T-shirt or baseball cap designating them as a veteran, I express the same sentiment. I don’t remember the first time it was said to me, but I do remember that I was humbled and thankful. Read More»

'It feels like Vietnam'

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When the news began reporting on the current situation in Iraq, a friend who was a veteran of a previous war sadly said, “It feels like Vietnam all over again.”

I knew what he meant. In the waning days of the war in Vietnam, when politicians were “winding down the war” and pulling U.S. troops out as fast as they could (and abandoning their South Vietnamese allies), it was no secret that disaster was coming. And come it did. Read More»

Christ Church Frederica

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When I first moved to Georgia in 1983, it wasn’t long before I discovered St. Simon’s Island on the Georgia coast. As I was driving around and exploring, I came across a church that held a special fascination for me.

I grew up a Methodist and would serve two Methodist churches as I worked with youth and I would later serve as a pastor in two assignments, one in Carter County, Tenn., the other in Greene County, Tenn. I developed a taste for all things Wesley. John and Charles Wesley, that is. Read More»

'Let us now praise famous men'

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Roy Harrison Luster had all the hopes and dreams of any young American man in his early 20s. He was married and was the father of three beautiful daughters. Times, however, were hard. The very early days of the Great Depression had gripped the throat of America like a vise. Read More»