Bidden or Not Bidden

For several years we have had a bronze plaque hanging just outside the front door of our home upon which are the words, “Bidden or Not Bidden, God is Present” (“Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit”, for all you classically minded and trained folks). I was led to believe that

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Last Say

Isn’t it interesting that once we have been taught something it is particularly difficult for anyone to cause us to change our minds on the matter. Even more so when we feel our long held beliefs are being challenged. Few of us want our “world- view” disrupted – it is

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Sin Defeated

George Vandeman wrote: “It was May 21, 1946. The place – Los Alamos. A young and daring scientist was carrying out a necessary experiment in preparation for the atomic test to be conducted in the waters of the South Pacific atoll at Bikini. He had successfully performed such an experiment

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Who is This?

Jerusalem was not a particularly big place in Jesus’ day – probably about four miles in circumference surrounded by a stone wall [that had been repaired and enlarged over the centuries] creating an area of approximately one square mile for its twenty-five thousand citizens. The lower city is where the

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Making A Wise Investment

My father (in collusion with my uncle) often had ideas that, had they flourished and embraced reality, would have made him (them) millions of dollars many times over (at least that was the prevailing thought). He was, in his own very conservative manner, a real life entrepreneur, ready to make

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Beware A Fatal Landing

I read this the other day in an online resource for those responsible for crafting sermons (Sermons.com, for Lent II). “For years, the opening of ‘The Wide World of Sports’ television program illustrated ‘the agony of defeat’ with a painful ending to an attempted ski jump. The skier appeared in

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Know Your Audience

There is something uniquely wonderful about small children, particularly when they want to impress adults. They will say “look at me” and then do something that usually requires little, if any, talent but carries the expectation that the adult viewer is supposed to be absolutely enthralled with what they have

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Superman

It is hard to believe that Superman will be eighty-five years old this year, created by Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster in 1932 but originally as a “bald telepathic villain bent on dominating the entire world.” He was ‘re-created” in 1933 bearing little, if any, resemblance to the villain he

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Looks Like More Rain

I have never really liked the rain, and especially so when it is combined with any kind of wind. It’s a nuisance, an inconvenience. Proportionate to the amount of rain, so increases my disdain for it. A little drizzle is not so bad, perhaps even refreshing, but more than that,

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