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Jun 9, 2021

For God’s Sake: We need a sustained rainy season of civility and commonsense

Recently, I did something that I had purposed I would never do – I engaged a social media post that was obviously intended only to incite.

A friend posted a meme claiming that 56% of conservative Christians reacted in laughable ignorance to a statement that employed a generic word close in spelling to one which was sure to elicit a negative reaction from them.

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Jun 2, 2021

For God’s Sake: New goal is to eat better and eat less

It is interesting how habits creep their way in and out of our lives.

When I arrived in Navarre late in 2018, it was my habit to work out four to five days a week.

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May 26, 2021

For God’s Sake: Inescapable wounds of pastoral ministry keep pastors humble.

Helen Keller wrote, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet.”

Blind for most of her life, Keller’s fame as an author and human rights activist shows that she chose not to wallow in self-pity. I must confess, I have wallowed in the past, only recently in fact.

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May 20, 2021

For God’s Sake: What is inside will begin to show outside

It is a fact of life that not everything is as it appears; expectations are often dashed by disappointment.

What sparked this cheery thought? I had carefully studied a small basket of apples in my kitchen to select a perfect orb of crunchy deliciousness.

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May 12, 2021

For God’s Sake: Parents were model of perseverance and dedication

I was perusing some old photos of my parents from early in their marriage and found it strange to see them acting playfully like two young people in love.

I have no doubt that they loved one another, I just don’t recall seeing that playfulness growing up. Having brought nine children into this world, life was not easy for them.

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May 5, 2021

For God’s Sake: None of us can cast the first stone

Whenever Apple introduces a new iPhone, eager crowds line up in the predawn hours outside Apple stores hoping to be one of the first to get the latest.

My wife and I have never been in that crowd; we keep our phones until they will not work anymore.

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Apr 28, 2021

For God’s Sake: Salvation offered in the gospel of Jesus Christ is a certainty

I got my second “jab,” as the Brits call the COVID-19 vaccine, and the “jabber” was good. I did not feel a thing, nor did I experience any significant side effects.

Now, depending on whom you care to believe, I am either safe from the coronavirus … or I am not.

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Apr 21, 2021

For God’s Sake: The trouble with a capital ‘T’

In the musical, “The Music Man,” a slick traveling salesman concocts a scheme to sell musical instruments to the town of River City.

He presents himself as a band leader and a boys’ marching band as a defense against the corruption of youth.

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Apr 7, 2021

For God’s Sake: Sparking an interest in reading the Bible

There are a few unique words and expressions in the Bible that have made their way into common English speech.

One of those words is “shibboleth,” which refers to a word, a mannerism, or a mode of dress that is peculiar to a group. It comes from an incident recorded in Judges 12, a conflict between two Israelite tribes, the Ephraimites and the Gileadites.

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Apr 1, 2021

For God’s Sake: Easter Sunday signals promise of a new life to come

Last month, I saw a meme that pictured a U.S. weather map where every state but ours was overlaid in colors of icy blue and purple showing frigid temperatures and heavy snow.

The entire state of Florida was overlaid in sunshine yellow and boasted temps in the low 80s north to south. That week in Navarre, our overnight temps dipped into the high 20s and the daytime temps barely crested 40 degrees.

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