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An Ironic Absence of the Bible

Last week newly elected Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema took the oath of office but refused to be sworn in on the Bible. Instead, she placed her right hand on a book of laws that included the Arizona and United States Constitution.

“Kyrsten always gets sworn in on a Constitution simply because of her love for the Constitution,” the senator’s office said.

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Great Verses of the Bible: 2Chronicles 7:14

Today is the 242nd birthday of the United States of America. For the first time in my life, I’m out of the country for the 4th, although just across the border in Ontario, Canada. But I don’t have to be “home” to know that America is hurting.

A recent Gallup poll revealed that the number of US citizens who consider themselves “extremely proud to be an American” has sunk to an 18 year low. In fact, for the first time, the number fell below 50%. Continue reading

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A Striking Paradox

 

Yesterday’s news was dominated by two major stories: What we can do to stop school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, last week and the death of evangelist Billy Graham.

Oh, there was NBC’s coverage of the winter Olympics, but even that network had considerable national and local coverage regarding the other two major events.

In watching and listening at various intervals throughout the day it occurred to me there was quite a striking paradox taking place. Continue reading

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Were The Rules Different Then?

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul, and successful independent film producer, has been headline news this past week.

The New York Times published a story detailing accounts of multiple sexual-harassment allegations against Weinstein over several decades. Three women have accused him of rape.

In response, Weinstein announced that he would be taking a leave of absence to enter rehab and receive counseling to deal with his behavior. He released a bizarre statement, a supposed apology, explaining his actions. Continue reading

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What We Stand For: Sending a Clear Message

Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ve probably heard that every team in the NFL protested in some form prior to Sunday’s games during The National Anthem.

Teams reacted in various ways. Some took a knee during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner. Others locked arms in a show of solidarity, including some team owners who joined them. Other teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and Seattle Seahawks stayed in the locker room while the Anthem was performed. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday America

Good morning!

I hope you’re enjoying this 4th of July holiday. Hopefully, it is a restful day for you. Peaceful. And family focused.

America is 241 years old today. As we get older, we like to reminiscence and reflect about the past.   Continue reading

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Don’t Undermine Your Message

My time this week has been consumed with our Vacation Bible School and enjoying a visit from our son, Kenny, and playing with our grandchildren, Miles and Katherine. As a result, I’ve not been watching very much news.

However, I noticed on facebook when I was posting ThePreachersWord that President Trump has set off another Twitter firestorm with some insulting comments about some news anchors. I checked the news last night and heard a little bit about it.

So, what’s new? Continue reading

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