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From Thank-Mas to Thanksgiving

William Murchison's picture

Thanks-mas — as our new winter holiday deserves to become known, with pumpkins and red-and-green lights merging in anticipatory celebration — only partly occludes the opportunities for national and personal gratitude widespread in Novembers past.

Such opportunities as can be found might, if grasped, afford a few moments of useful reflection on America’s present challenges. Those challenges have many forms and shapes, but a certain political character seems to shove most others aside. Read More»

Forgiveness

David Epps's picture

It is a strong truth that the God of Scripture is willing to forgive — more willing that we often believe.

Some find that a difficult concept, especially those whose lives have been filled with terrible decisions and flagrant sins. Read More»

Movie Review: 'Mockingjay'

Kevin Thomas's picture

Back in 2012, I put the original “Hunger Games” on my Best of the Year list. It had everything I love about film: intriguing characters, intense action and a very engaging narrative.

It left me pumped up and ready for “Catching Fire.”

While I was not as big a fan of “Catching Fire” as other critics, I did enjoy it for the same reasons they did: a tight story, even better action and great development of its characters.

The biggest flaw with that film was its ending, which I will not spoil for those who haven’t seen it. Read More»

Eating my own words

Rick Ryckeley's picture

This Thanksgiving, I’m departing from our regular feast of turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, and all the other traditional foods for dinner. And I won’t be eating pumpkin or apple pie for dessert either.

This year I’ll be eating my words for the main course and then a heaping serving of humble pie for dessert.

What has caused such a drastic change in the holiday menu at our house, you may ask? Read More»

Minimize religion in public office

Terry Garlock's picture

David Barlow’s recently misplaced theological rant from his County Commissioner’s chair illustrated just how misguided it is to preach personal religious views while conducting the business of voters. I’ll share some related thoughts.

I recently gave my young adult daughter a little book I wrote for her and had bound – trying to boost the chance she would read it – chock full of my advice on a number of subjects. Read More»

Elites’ contempt for you

Walter Williams's picture

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans.

In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.” He added that the “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” Read More»

Cooking with a friend

Ronda Rich's picture

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren’t planned. They’re born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

That’s how my longtime friend, Karen Peck, and I began cooking our Thanksgiving meal together. First, you must know this: Our friendship, strong and true, dates back to the long ago days of braces and freckles. Karen still has her freckles and two years ago, when a front tooth started to move, I went back to a retainer. Some things never change. Some things change back and forth. Read More»

Shirley Temple dress

Carolyn Cary's picture

I wrote last week about having whooping cough in the summer of 1939 and having to spend the next six months in a sanitarium for complete bed rest. My left lung had collapsed from coughing so much. I’m sure if that condition were true today I would not have been sent there.

You see, it was a TB sanitarium, and most patients there indeed had tuberculosis. The heavens were smiling down on me and I survived those six months without catching that problem. Read More»

Those who make things happen

David Epps's picture

“What a beautiful service!” “This night was so inspirational and meaningful.” “Everything about tonight was wonderful!”

These comments, and more, were spoken to me last Sunday evening following a service of ordination. The individual who was being ordained began a process some five years ago, including the earning of a three-year Master of Divinity degree. As the bishop for Georgia and Tennessee for our denomination, I was the one who ordained him. But I was not the one who made everything so meaningful and inspirational. Read More»

Lost and forlorn

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’m directionally challenged. I could get lost in an elevator or go the wrong way on an escalator.

No matter what age you may be, the experience of being lost is the same for everyone: complete and utter hopelessness.

I should know. I found myself lost last weekend, and an old familiar wave of dread washed over me and almost knocked me down.

But how I found myself lost in the middle of a crowd of over a thousand strangers, out of breath, and weeping…well, that’s the end of this story. Here’s the beginning: Read More»