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Heaven is for real

Justin Kollmeyer's picture

The book and movie Heaven Is For Real is the true story of Colton Burpo, the four-year-old son of a small-town Nebraska pastor. After surviving emergency surgery, he begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. He also describes being in heaven, seeing God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and meeting long-dead family members. Read More»

Wave the flag at Chick-fil-A

Terry Garlock's picture

At the Chick-fil-A on Ga. Highway 74 at Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City, my 12-year-old daughter Kristen and I are regulars, picking up her breakfast and Cobb salad for lunch a couple times a week on the way to The Bedford School in Fairburn. I remember the pleasant surprise of my very first visit to Chick-fil-A at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola, Fla., about 40 years ago.

And so it will seem odd to you and even a little strange to me that this high quality fast food chain reminds me to worry about America. Read More»

Do we have a war strategy for ISIS?

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

President Obama in his Sept. 10 speech did not deliver a viable war-fighting strategy against ISIS. In fact, the president doesn’t seem to understand that ISIS is at war with the U.S.

The 18th century Prussian strategist General Carl von Clausewitz defined war as “an act of force to compel the enemy to do your will.” By that strategic definition, ISIS, the spawn of al Qaeda, has been at war with Americans for nearly two decades. Its modus operandi is terrorism, which is currently defined as “violence conducted against innocents to achieve a political objective.” Read More»

The sacking of Ray Rice

Cal Thomas's picture

The “indefinite suspension” of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancee, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino has again provoked debate about domestic violence and what the National Football League tolerates when it affects a star player. Read More»

Mob rule economics

Thomas Sowell's picture

While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people’s votes are to be overruled by other people’s disruptions, harassments and threats. Read More»

The loss of parents’ wisdom

Ronda Rich's picture

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

There are many things I miss. Unconditional love, for one. The knowledge that no matter how badly I misbehaved, I would always be loved. Reprimanded, yes. Taken to the back yard and instructed to “pick a switch” for a dose of “hickory tea,” for sure. But always loved. Read More»

As American as apple pie?

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

As American as apple pie?

This column first appeared in July, 2002.

Only in America, I guess, would something as American as apple pie make me feel so sad, and on the Fourth of July at that.

The Washington Post carried a story recently that launched this melancholy. A Brooklyn artist, Anissa Mack, assembled what’s called “an art installation” (my generation would have called it “a happening”) on the plaza in front of the Brooklyn Central Library. Read More»

Bubble-wrap your life

Rick Ryckeley's picture

No pun intended, but medical insurance is costing me an arm and leg nowadays. The costs of in-network and out-of-network doctor copays, deductibles, and out of pocket maximums have gotten maximally unaffordable.

If you do get sick, don’t try filling a prescription. At the drug store, you’ll be met with a long list of decisions you’ll have to make in your sickened state. Do you choose: generic, non-generic, formulated, or non-formulated. Each comes with its own separate copay. Read More»

Celebrating a milestone

David Epps's picture

According to author and pastor James Emery White in his article, “Why New Churches Fail,” 40 percent of new church plants will fail before the end of their first year. Within five years, 80 percent will fail. Of the 20 percent that make it past the first five years, 80 percent of those will not survive past 10 years.

Apparently, a church, especially in its early years, is a very fragile thing. I have noticed, in the 31 years that I have lived in Georgia’s Fayette and Coweta counties, there have been many churches that have started only to disappear in a short period of time. Read More»

God’s call still clear and strong

Dr. David L. Chancey's picture

There’s a debate happening on some internet blogs about the two missionaries who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia. Dr. Kent Brantly, serving through Samaritans Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a nurse serving with SIM, were airlifted home and treated at Emory Hospital.

Brantly and Writebol both survived and are recovering. However, a third American missionary doctor has been diagnosed with the virus. Read More»