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Legacy of compassion

Ronda Rich's picture

Daddy and Mama both spent a lot of time seeing after the needs of others. They comforted, called and cooked for those who were, in some way, suffering.

And if it came down to it, and sometimes it did indeed, Daddy gave away the last dollar in his pocket to someone in need.

“He needed it more than I did,” he would say. “Never turn your back on a soul in need.”

As he was oft to say, “You can only help someone when they need help. All the other times that you think you’re helping, you’re just pretending for the sake of your own conscience.” Read More»

Ask Father Paul 09-05-12

Father Paul Massey's picture

Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations.  Here are a few that I have received in my ministry over the years and via email for this column.
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DragonCon convert

Michael Boylan's picture

I remember hearing ads for DragonCon on the radio several years ago and thinking, “Nerds!!” It conjured up images in my head of Trekkies giving each other the “Live long and prosper” hand signal and middle-aged men hovering over old comic books. It just didn’t sound like my type of party. Read More»

Afghanistan — It’s time to bring our troops home

Kent Kingsley's picture

Recently I touched on a number of foreign policy issues but did not go into great depth. This week I believe a closer look at our actions and policy in Afghanistan require a deeper examination.

This is a war that began for the right reason. We were attacked on 9/11 by an enemy that was given safe sanctuary by the government in Afghanistan. Many would say that the Taliban government and Al Qaida were partners in many respects. President Bush acted responsibly by sending troops into Afghanistan. Read More»

Life by the numbers

Rick Ryckeley's picture

One was a very good number. Even though I was there, I don’t really remember much. It was day one, our first.

Twin Brother Mark and me were born in April many years ago. The doctors said that we were kicking each other to see who would be the one born first. He won.

Mark and me, we’ve been fighting ever since, and rightly so. Spend the first nine months and then the next 18 years with someone in the same cramped space, I bet you’d be fighting all the time too. Read More»

Tattoo or not tattoo

David Epps's picture

I am currently tattoo free. I realize that it is unusual to be both a biker and a Marine Corps veteran and have no tattoos adorning my body somewhere but that’s the situation.

When I was a child my late grandfather, Charles Daniel Duckett, had several blue and faded tattoos on his forearms. When I would stare at them, usually when he and I were on a fishing trip, he would say, “Son, don’t ever get one of these. You’ll be sorry if you do.” So I never did. Read More»

In medical care, biggest risk is politics

Thomas Sowell's picture

Insurance is all about risk. Yet neither insurance companies nor their policy-holders can do anything about one of the biggest risks — namely, interference by politicians, to turn insurance into something other than a device to deal with risk.

By passing laws to force insurance companies to cover things that have nothing to do with risk, politicians force up the cost of insurance. Read More»

Romney’s opportunity

Cal Thomas's picture

TAMPA, Fla. — This week when Mitt Romney strides to center stage to deliver his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, he might draw inspiration from an unlikely source: the song “I Am What I Am” from the musical “La Cage Aux Folles.”

One of the chief complaints from voters about politicians is that they too often package themselves disingenuously to get elected, only to reveal their real agenda after they’ve won. Read More»

Enough philosophizing; produce real solutions

Michael Boylan's picture

Philosophizing can be fun. Who doesn’t like thinking and arguing, pontificating and theorizing, debating and discussing? It’s good activity for the brain, if not for one’s stress levels.

There’s a time and a place for philosophy though. It’s called college. Or it can be a dinner party with other people who enjoy that kind of thing.

The one place it needs to vacate though — at least for the time being — is government. Read More»

In praise of the dignity of honestly earning your pay

Bonnie Willis's picture

As a wife and mother, I have the wonderful opportunity to do a lot of my work from home. Each week I have to submit the hours that I work electronically.

A friend of mine once commented on how great it would be to have a job where you could get your work done quickly, relax the rest of the time, and just report that you worked a full week anyway.

Originally, I dismissed the comment as a joke, but then I realized that each and every week I am faced with the ethical and moral decision of whether or not to “pad” my hours or not. Read More»