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Even with the recent decision by the state Supreme Court, the governing board of elected lay leaders at our church voted unanimously to continue the suspension of our in-person gatherings, including … more
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I’m going to wander out here onto a limb and hope it doesn’t get cut out under me to make a general statement that no matter who or what you believe about the coronavirus pandemic that you’re … more
When 2019 rolled over into 2020 and the 12 months that lay ahead were promising blank canvases, I did something I’d never done at the launch of any other year: I set a reading goal. And like … more
We are living through a crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has brought physical, emotional and economic suffering. No one knows what the future holds. It may well include greater hardships and more … more
They were sheltered-in-place and doing the safest thing they could: staying home. Their whole world had been turned upside down in a matter of days. Life as they knew it was forever changed and what … more
Information is a hot commodity in the age of COVID-19, and, unfortunately, as currency, there’s a pretty robust black market for those who trade in it. Rumors. Hearsay. Social media rants. … more
The prospect of several weeks in stay-at-home mode can seem daunting. It’s a lifestyle and a work style foreign to most of us, and making it happen is an adjustment. It takes time. Every day … more
I woke up early one day last week to venture to the local Dollar General near my home in rural Chatham County. I had learned when the “paper” truck would be arriving and the shelves would be … more
Due to the shelter in place restrictions, I am unable to gather at church during Holy Week. So, I worship in the woods around my home with the timbered choir of trees and the chorus in the branches … more
It’s been said “little things mean a lot.” But just what is a “little thing”? Is it, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder? Do the little things ever amount to bigger … more
On the face of it, self-quarantining — or extreme social distancing — doesn’t seem the worst thing. Especially for a homebody like me who also enjoys solitary pursuits like reading, writing … more
As a young lad, I remember being impressed with how much “stuff” my dear now-departed mother saved. In her world, if something made it to the throw-way pile, it really was trash. Her … more
For months now, I’ve been casting a look ahead to April and May and July, months where we have — or, we might say, had — much-anticipated travel plans. Two out-of-state trips were scheduled … more
The Bible does mention a pandemic capable of spreading across the globe…but it is not an infectious disease. It is language: How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a … more
Failure of Americans to increase their knowledge and seek out truth by challenging what they’ve been taught creates a citizenry easily manipulated and led. In short, they’ve … more
The biblical story of creation as found in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis is neither a scientific essay nor a proof text. It is a poem — a hymn to the goodness of God. God pronounced … more
Whenever it is that we look back in our rear-view mirrors at the age of COVID-19, it’s becoming starkly obvious we’ll do it from a different place, a different perspective. The world will … more
T0 the editor: As I write this, there are more than 3,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of North Carolina. This disease’s rapid and untraceable spread throughout our country demands … more
Long ago and far away when I was a mere lad, my Mama was fond of saying, among other things, that there was a “big difference between faith and knowledge.” Usually she then would cite some … more
I understand the wisdom of not judging a book by its cover, but the maxim aside, it was precisely the cover of “Ill Wind,” a novel by James Hilton, that caught my eye about 10 years ago as I … more
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