Teaching Children How To Treat Others With Whom We Disagree

Our blog post last Friday was about the same-sex marriage scene in the PBS children’s cartoon show Arthur.

One of our regular readers very kindly responded that he didn’t see the show “advocating a lifestyle of homosexuality. Instead, he offered “a completely different picture.” Continue reading

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How To Handle Riches

In recent years University Commencement speeches have been controversial. Either in terms of the speaker invited, as in the recent case of Vice President Pence, or in terms of the content of the speech.

However, there was no controversy Sunday at Morehouse College in Atlanta when Robert F. Smith, the Billionaire founder of the investment firm Vista Equity Partners delivered a shocking announcement. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Romans 2

Some folks are like the fellow who was talking to his preacher and said he wasn’t much use in the church or the world because he had only one talent.

“Oh, that shouldn’t discourage you,” said the preacher. “What is your talent?”

“The talent of judging others.” Continue reading

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I’m Not Ashamed of the Gospel

The 19th century American Humorist, Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain was known as a critic of organized religion. He often poked fun at preachers and their preaching.

One Sunday Twain attended a Sunday service. Afterward, he met the preacher at the door and said he had a book at home with every word he preached that morning.

The minister assured him that the sermon was an original. Twain still held his position. So the preacher demanded to see this book. Twain said he would send it over to his office the next morning. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Parenting

For the past four weeks, Norma Jean and I have been living and working with the church in Madrid, Iowa.

In addition to preaching each Sunday and working with their fine young preacher, Stefan Richardson, the shepherds asked me to teach some classes on Parenting. Our theme has been Parenting with Purpose. Continue reading

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Same-Sex Wedding on PBS Kids Cartoons

My childhood years in the 1950’s were a time of innocence and isolation from so many evils in the world we see today on a regular basis.

Saturday mornings were usually filled with watching cartoons like The Woody Woodpecker show, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse and Yogi Bear. Parents didn’t have too worry about what we were watching. The cartoons were harmless fun.

And many shows like “Father Knows Best,” and “Leave it to Beaver” taught some basic moral principles that were generally accepted by most people.

Today it’s different. Continue reading

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A Christian: Almost or Altogether?

In my 50 years of preaching, I have studied with people who I thought understood the Truth and would obey the gospel. Yet, something held them back. I’ve heard various excuses.

“I know what you’re saying is true, but if I do that, then I’m condemning my grandma, because she didn’t believe that.”

“Someday I will be baptized.”

“I need more time to think about it.” Continue reading

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