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A Column About a New Old Porch Column

As I write this morning, I’m sitting in a comfy fold-out rocking chair on the porch of my grandparents’ old home in Robert Lee, Texas. 

I love being in Robert Lee. My three pastor brothers and I have been…

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“In the Beginning Was the Word”

I must confess: modern poetry baffles me.

This should not be surprising. I am an English major but of an old, fossilized, and vanishing variety. I prefer a degree plan heavy on Shakespeare and very, very light indeed on Gender…

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“We’ve Done This Gas Thing Before”

We’ve done this before, ya know.

I’m talking about having heart palpitations when we pull up beside a gas pump.

My wife and I took a three-day trip to the mountains with friends recently. That was the first time…

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It’s Tax Time Again

 Rats! It’s tax time again.

 Of course, with all the rules and regulations, payments and estimated payments, pre-payments and governmentally-approved extortion payments (the preceding is the opinion of the writer of this column and should not be construed as…

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A Time for Contrasts and Comparisons

What an astounding contrast!

In the midst of the sights and sounds cascading from Ukraine, I think we’ve all been struck by a stark contrast.

Most of us in this world are not used to being bombarded daily with…

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Do Faith Healers Have Specialties?

Do faith healers have specialties?

Doctors do, of course. I’d not be surprised to find an LDP specialist available should you need a Left Distal Phalange doctor for your port side little toe.

Not that long ago, I could…

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“Thou Shalt Take Some Time to Rest”

Do kindergartners still take rest mats with them to school as the term begins each year?

It was actually first grade for me when I started public school in Amarillo, Texas, at San Jacinto Elementary School. I had already…

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When Is a Win Not a Win?

When is a win not a win?

If we don’t care how we win, we won’t ask the question. If a W is a W is a W, and we don’t care how it finds its way into our…

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“We Are So Good Together” Begs a Question

I am writing this column on Valentine’s Day.If you know me, you’ll know that few husbands in the history of the celebration of Valentine’s Day are more accomplished, more innovative, more dependably and incredibly devoted to making memories on Valentine’s…

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“Our Father Delights in Us Always”

If you’re interested in watching a bunch of incredibly cute ants race-crawling all over themselves on a basketball court, I’d suggest finding a game featuring teams of mostly six-year-olds.  

That’s the entertainment my wife and I sought on a…

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“The Years of My Pilgrimage Are . . .”

No surprise, some of the greatest stories the world has ever known are found in the Bible book of Genesis. And one of the best of the best is the story of Jacob (Israel) and Joseph. 

My wife was…

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A Pastor at Home on Sunday Morning

It’s a cold Sunday morning, and I’m warm at home, sitting in front of a great fire.

This is weird. At least, for me. As a pastor, I’m usually at church on Sundays a long time before this present…

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