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When Is It OK To Fight?

This past week there were two tragedies that were in the news: The mall shooting in Omaha and the shootings yesterday at the YWAM Center and New Life Church in Colorado. Both shootings were carried out by obviously disturbed persons.  The Omaha shooter wanted to end his life in a way that would make him famous.  He lost his job at McDonald’s and his girlfriend broke up with him.  He left a note saying, in...

What Would You Save From a Fire?

This past week we once again saw the tragedy of wildfires taking out entire neighborhoods in Southern California.  This time the fires were confined to Malibu.  As with the series of fires in and around Los Angeles and San Diego a month or so ago, in many cases families had only minutes to evacuate their homes as the fires bore down on their area. Reading the accounts of the the Malibu fire, I couldn’t help...

Rev. John Cross, 1925 – 2007

In 1962, 38 year old Rev. John Cross accepted the pastorate of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  The historic church was at that time a center of activity and organization of the civil rights movement.  It also was a symbol for those who would stop at nothing – including murder – to stop the movement, much the same way the World Trade Center was a symbol of America to...

A Debt That Cannot Be Repaid

Last night my family and I watched Saving Private Ryan together.  My kids are older – I wouldn’t recommend the film for younger children.  It is gritty, coarse, extremely violent and full of profane language.  It is also the most realistic and gripping depiction of World War II ever made.  The ending scenes of the film never fail to bring tears to my eyes because it captures the essence of my...

Between A Rock and a Hard Place

On some level, you gotta feel sorry for Barack Obama. It would seem logical that as an African American, the black community would naturally be inclined to support his candidacy, but the support of the black community in general and the black church community in particular has for the most part been trending toward Hillary Clinton. So Obama, in an effort to reach out to the black church, decided to stage a series...

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