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Author Michael Ruffin

Michael Ruffin is curriculum editor with Smyth & Helwys Publishing in Macon, Georgia.

2 Reasons Those Name-And-Blame Arguments Don’t Work

When people discuss political, social or religious issues on social media, it frequently turns into a name-and-blame argument. We need to stop the personal attacks and stick to the point. […] Read More

What Would Ethical Biopsies of Christianity, U.S. Reveal?

“Please pray for my friend. She’s having an autopsy tomorrow.” That was the voicemail message I heard on our church’s prayer line one morning. I will neither confirm nor deny that I laughed out loud. I will confess to thinking, “I think it’s a little late for prayer.” She meant to say “biopsy,” which is […] Read More

Why You Need to Support a Free Press

World Press Freedom Day was observed earlier this month (May 3). This day is promoted annually by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). According to its website, it “is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks […] Read More

4 Ways Your Church Can Support Public Education

I had the privilege of serving as an adjudicator for the extemporaneous speaking competition in the Region 5-AA Literary Meet. The event took place in early March at Lamar County High School in Georgia. The class of 1976, of which I am a member, was the first one to graduate from that campus. I still […] Read More

Why You Should Give Up Your Rights for the Gospel

The Apostle Paul presented a strong case that he and his fellow ministers had the right to be paid for their service. In a letter written in the middle of the first century to Christians living in the Greek city of Corinth, he asked, “If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too […] Read More

Our Nation’s Solutions Rest in Middle, Not Extremes

I’ve considered myself a political moderate ever since I voted in my first election in November 1976. Now, I acknowledge that I usually vote for one party’s candidates because that party’s perspectives and policies for the most part align better with mine than those of the other party. But I’ve always wanted the elected representatives […] Read More

What Astronauts Can Teach All of Us About Big Picture

We’ve lost three U.S. astronauts in recent months. Paul Weitz died on Oct. 22, 2017. He piloted Skylab II, which was the first manned mission to the first U.S. space station, in 1973. He was also the pilot for the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. Richard Gordon died on Nov. 6, […] Read More

Reciting Pledges While Not Living By Their Words

Once upon a time, Vacation Bible School (VBS) lasted a week, took place in the morning and featured a highly structured opening assembly. During the assembly, the pianist would play a “stand-up chord” (a major lift) and a “sit-down chord” (a minor fall) to signal us when we were to stand up or sit down. […] Read More

What It Means If You Truly Love Your Neighbors

What does it mean to love someone? Jesus said that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves. If we’re going to love somebody that way, then we need to know how we love ourselves. To love myself means that I want what’s best for me. I want to be the best version of […] Read More

National Strength Found in Unity and Diversity of Language

A Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial has caused something of a kerfuffle. Due to the amount of commentary that has appeared on Twitter since last Sunday, I would like to state my two main points right up front. First, I believe that all people living in the United States of America should learn to speak “American,” […] Read More