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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement permit to the developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline last weekend. This decision will prevent the pipeline from being routed near the water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Corps said they would work with developers to reroute the pipeline, but developers expressed hope […] Read More

There is an old children’s poem that goes like this: “What kind of church would my church be, if all of its members were just like me?” That is a good question to ask ourselves related to the stewardship of our time, talents, treasure and testimony. Many churches are in a time of “stewardship emphasis” […] Read More

The Public Broadcasting Service has introduced the U.S. to the genius of British comedies for many years. From “Are You Being Served?” to “The Vicar of Dibley,” these comedies enticed laughter while making us “Yanks” a bit uncomfortable. One of the best comedies ever produced was “Keeping Up Appearances,” written by Roy Clarke and starring […] Read More

How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

The Apostle Paul penned these words to the church in Corinth: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11). For some reason, this verse has come to mind […] Read More

My wife and I gave each other personal fitness trackers last Christmas. These are tools that you wear on your wrist. The tracker keeps count of the number of steps that you take during the day, the miles that you walk, the number of calories you burn, your heart rate, the number of floors that […] Read More

For many years the primary way of measuring church size was to look at church membership. In Baptist churches, we began to track Sunday school attendance as a measuring stick. Membership numbers are not really helpful since Baptists are not very good about adjusting our rolls over the years. Some denominations do better about that […] Read More

Czar Nicolas II, who ruled Russia from 1894 to 1917, was walking in his palace garden one day when he found a soldier who was stationed as a sentry to guard that particular place. Confused as to why a soldier would be assigned to such a location in his garden, he asked the man why […] Read More

The Super Bowl is the one night of the year when I actually want to watch the commercials. With the ad spots going for top dollar, this is the time when new and creative advertising is offered to the viewing public. The theme I saw running through the ads this year was about “marketing love.” […] Read More

Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, my dad listened to talk radio on KRMG. On occasion, when I was not staring out the window dreaming of hitting three home runs in a World Series game, I would tune into the talking voice blaring from the speakers of my dad’s 1966 Mustang. There was one particular voice […] Read More

A terrifying and horrific scene played out at Canadaigua Motorsports Complex in upstate New York recently. At an Empire Super Sprint race event, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. found himself unable to finish a race after he ran into the wall. Convinced his predicament was caused by a fellow driver, Ward left his vehicle to confront […] Read More