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What good is Thanksgiving?

Yes, I am one of those annoying people who play Christmas music and decorate my house in early November. And by “early November” I mean we’re getting boxes out and decorating inside the house on Oct. 31. So, let’s get this out of the way firs...

 

Real Christianity

I teach a class at NWOSU called Philosophy in Life. In it, we talk about several of the early Western philosophers, including an Irish philosopher named George Berkeley, who coined the famous philosophical phrase, esse est percipi (aut percipere),...

 

A time for hope

The ticking clock above the door in my office is louder than normal today. Of course, that’s not true, as much as my awareness of its ticking has been raised. I have a short to-do list to conquer before I can leave and mentally prepare for the Red...

 

Free time

I heard a comedian recently talking about how much he enjoys free time. While performing a stand-up routine onstage (pre-pandemic), he spoke about the pure joy that comes from plans being canceled, as if time that was not supposed to be “free...

 

How much more can we give up?

As Christians begin the Lenten season on our journey to Easter, we find ourselves at a familiar point in time. One in which we are used to “giving up” something for 40 days and 40 nights as a way of returning to and depending on God. However,...

 

Have you ever been wrong?

There has been a lot of talk about light and dark this year. People have described this as a dark year when it comes to the pandemic. I hear the phrase “light at the end of the tunnel” from those referencing the vaccine and the return to...

 

It's not over

As of the writing of this column, the election for the next president of the United States is not officially over. And as many of you are probably aware, they kept reminding us on election night, “It’s not over.” And I’m sure when the moment...

 

Stay grounded

I watched an interesting video the other night on YouTube called “Ascension” starring the magician David Blaine. He is known for his magnificent and unbelievable stunts and magic tricks (seriously, you could spend hours watching his videos...

 

You don't have to fix the world

I think going to the movie theater is the one thing I miss the most about pre-pandemic life. I definitely miss everyone being able to come to worship services in person, but we are still able to worship. I certainly miss the days when I didn’t...

 

The trouble with a personal Lord and Savior

I hope that title caught your eye. That was the point. I have listened to arguments for two months, both in person and online, about how we as Christians, as well as Americans, should respond to the current pandemic. Do we shut things down and stay...

 

A holy war: arrogance vs. humility

As people of the Christian faith, we sometimes feel like we’re at war with someone or something. We face challenges in our faith almost every day, but it can be tempting to assume that our only enemy is someone who disagrees with our way of...

 

The season of imagination

Doesn’t this time of year just make you feel like a kid again? Between the music, the lights, people filling the stores to buy presents, and all the holiday dinners, this always feels like the most familiar time of year to me. It’s also the most...

 

Knowing your role

What is your role? What is your official title? What do I call you? These are all questions people ask me on a regular basis, but especially since I’ve been the new minister at the First Christian Church of Alva. Now, some people don’t ask....

 

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