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It was in the late 1940s that this took place, I was living in north Rome on Reece Street. I was working in construction at that time. I had got home after working overtime on Saturday, and took a bath and was sitting on the front porch waiting for supper. A friend of mine who lived up the s…

During this Lenten Season, many of the stories in Scripture emphasize the power of sight. The story of the man born blind in the Gospel passage from John is well-known to many of us.

My opposition to the Republicans’ proposed plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare is deeply personal. I am one of the 24 million Americans who stand to lose health coverage if the new plan is enacted. This is my fourth year with insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. I beca…

I recently finished re-watching the old Western movie “How the West Was Won.” The movie, like so many old Westerns, was a story of brave and hardy pioneers who moved west in the face of uncertainty and danger. My generation grew up on such movies. Cowboys, fearless lawmen, tough women, and a…

I want to begin by sharing that it is, without a doubt, the most awesome privilege of my life to have been called by our Heavenly Father to be a preacher and then a pastor.

April 6 is the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I. Let’s take a look at how Georgia and Floyd County was involved, and how it might have repercussions still rippling now. But first, a little background on what has been called the ‘Forgotten War.’

Down through the years I have found out that there are some things that happen to you that money can’t buy. Someone does something for you out of their heart, money is not in the question. Someone holds the door open for you. You got your hands full and drop something, some one picks it up f…

“We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.”

I have just returned from my fourth visit to Cuba. The purpose was to spend time with the church there. We did not go to staff a sports camp or to lead a VBS or to help build a church. For most of my life, that was my idea of a mission trip – to go and present some kind of largesse to the po…

When my husband Bill and I arrived for the “Maids of Jubilee” Mardi Gras parade, a crowd already lined the streets of downtown Fairhope, Alabama. As we took up a spot behind a barricade, I noticed a middle-aged man and woman sitting on the curb behind the crowd.

Authoritarian ideology (right wing fascism) is a nebulous “ism” as compared to the concepts of democracy, socialism or communism. However, it does have some common elements and features that do stand out.

It’s almost spring and the trees around the yard are beginning to be noisy again. The birds are singing. The Blue Jays didn’t stop scolding all winter and the chickadees never stopped saying their name. But now the trees are full of whistle and chatter, the robins are poking around in the gr…

Where are you from? I don’t mean where you grew up or where you went to school. I mean, where are your family’s roots? Is your family from England? Ireland? Somewhere in the Caribbean? South America?

I have always believed that mothers have strange powers when it comes to their kids. Take, for instance, a mother can have her back to you and see you when you are up to no good. Do they have eyes in the back of their heads? I have tried since I was a little fellow to find out. No luck so fa…

There was a movie out recently called” Fences” starring Denzel Washington. In this movie there was an attempt to build a fence as the theme of the movie. I would like to use this word as an analogy for our current state of affairs nationally. And as a country. America has become a nation of …

There has never been a presidential election like Donald Trump’s victory in 2016. Considered a joke by his critics when he announced his candidacy, he defeated sixteen rivals, including several well-qualified candidates, to secure the Republican nomination. Then, despite the opposition of th…

The possum has a white face that looks ghostly in the beam of a flashlight, and it has lots of teeth — 50, more than any other North American mammal and about the same number as Tyrannosaurus rex — which is why it has a long, pointed and ugly snout. So many sharp teeth give an impression of …

  • By Allen C. Guelzo and James H. Hulme, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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“Thursday night the streets were filled with excited crowds. No one talks of anything but the necessity for prompt action. … It is hardly prudent for any man to express his opinion adverse to immediate secession, so heated are the public passions, so intolerant of restraint is the popular will.”

“There but for the grace of God go I.” I grew up in my Baptist heritage with that phrase. In my experience it was most often spoken in regard to some down-and-out person, with the speaker recognizing that all kinds of circumstances could have caused a reversal of roles. At its best, the phra…

Georgia’s law enforcement officers uphold this noble call to action every day when they leave the comfort of their homes and families. Honorable men and women of the badge — all across our state — willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow citizens. While most Georgians r…

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