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May 2, 2024

For God’s Sake: what is a church?

I did the “seminary thing” backward, serving in full time ministry at one church for 12 years – 8 as an ordained pastor – with no formal Bible education; then I went to seminary. Colleagues insisted that I would have an advantage over my classmates who would have just graduated from Bible college. After a few classes, I understood. What the fresh Bible college grads knew was yet untested theory. What I knew came from personal study, from experience, and from making a lot of mistakes.

May 2, 2024

Out and About

A moon tree? Never heard of it – but Gail was intrigued enough to read Hansen Hasenberg’s story on it and tell me about it. I will be reading the story with you when it comes out in print. Apparently, in 2022, Artemis 1 (a NASA uncrewed spaceflight) took some seedlings into space on a 25-day trip orbiting the moon. West Navarre Intermediate School obtained one of the seedlings – and we were there as they planted the sweetgum seedling. You will have to read the story to find out the history of moon trees and how one of the seedlings came to WNIS.

May 2, 2024

Gulf Breeze roads and other utility works

What in the world is happening with HWY 98 reconstruction. These people dig out everything created chaos and left. There is almost no progress in last two years. This is unbelievable sloppiness and chaos. Completely unprofessional and unacceptable. I lost three windshields due to stones on HWY98. Whoever is in charge should bring company from China to finish job in two weeks.

May 2, 2024

The myths of incorporation

Incorporation will not bring back what’s gone, nor will it produce more land to be “preserved.”  Incorporation WILL place another layer of government over privately owned land and residents’ lives.  It adds another layer to become corrupt, to control, and to levy more taxes.  It is not the answer to the problems perceived by those whose bumper stickers say, “It’s time.”  (What does that mean?)  Protect Navarre is one hundred percent against incorporation.  But actually, we are more for individual liberty, individual self-rule, and less government and regulations.  We are emphatically against increased taxes.

May 2, 2024

Packed house, lack of rule enforcement leads to 6-hour meeting

The April 25 Santa Rosa County Board of Commission meeting was an example of what an informed public can accomplish when it’s paying attention.

Apr 29, 2024

Brian Out Loud

If you have seen the “Miracle on Ice” movie, you’ll remember the scene where Team USA head coach Herb Brooks has his team basically sprint back and forth on skates after a game for hours on end.
The players would do a sprint and Brooks would yell “again.” It went on for who knows how long.

Apr 25, 2024

For God’s Sake: live godly lives

“The times, they are a changin,’” Bob Dylan warned sixty years ago. Newsflash, Bob, they change every year, twice a year in fact. Last month, we honored the mnemonic “spring forward,” and will do the opposite come November when we “fall back.” It’s even more complicated for Floridians because we are one of the 13 states that sit in two time zones.

Apr 25, 2024

Ready to get started

Some of my favorite childhood memories are summer days spent running around my grandmother’s yard in DeFuniak Springs. Back then, a “vacation” for our family meant a four-hour drive to Florida to see family for a few days.

Apr 25, 2024

Out and About

I’m attending a conference this week in Dallas, and I ran across this column from nearly ten years ago that I felt was still relevant, maybe more so and it doesn’t just pertain to students. It was by printed in 2015 and is the subject of a book by Everett Piper, former president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University from 2002 – 2019.

Apr 25, 2024

Navarre Deserves To Vote

Ten years ago, a group of local citizens considered what it would mean for Navarre to become its own town. This group raised over $38,000 and held meetings that led to a vote. They very nearly succeeded, earning 44% of the vote in 2014.
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