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Be Still by Catherine Denman

Be Still by Catherine Denman

“To do anything, you have to resist being entertained.” -Pete Dunlap, author of The Digital Detangler: A Guide to Mindful Technology Use. For my work, I am a librarian and technology specialist for a PK-5th grade school. Recently, I attended a professional development...

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Searching for Family by Theresa Jennings

Searching for Family by Theresa Jennings

I recently spent a unique weekend at a "reunion" of people who are Georgia Tann babies.  If you do not know, for three decades Ms. Tann ran an orphanage/clearing house that placed babies for adoption in the Memphis area and all over the United States.  The downside of...

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Aging and Loss by Andrew Smith

Aging and Loss by Andrew Smith

There are times when you get a wake-up call.  It was December 5, 2018, and we were in the Rehab Hospital where Mary Jo was recovering from a fall and two cracked bones in her neck.  She got a call from her brother to tell her that her sister-in-law Jo Anne had died. ...

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God’s and Men’s Plans by Carmen Anderson

God’s and Men’s Plans by Carmen Anderson

  “Man plans and God laughs."  We’ve all heard that and chuckled (somewhat ruefully) over the statement. Personally, I very much like to have a plan, and I enjoy “getting all my ducks in a row.” For me, it’s important to know what my purpose is and then line up the...

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I Thought My Father Was God by John N. Avis

I Thought My Father Was God by John N. Avis

In 1999, novelist Paul Auster and the hosts of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered asked listeners to send in true stories to be read on-air as part of the National Story Project. Auster received more than 4,000 submissions; the 180 best were published in I Thought My Father Was God, the title coming from one of the submissions. I was always struck by the title, for I always thought my father was God: I had no idea anyone else had the same perception of his or her father…

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Communion Insights by Duncan Breland

Communion Insights by Duncan Breland

When I was a young man (twenty-something) and wrestling with my faith and belief, I found myself occasionally abstaining from communion. Unfit, I thought, passing the plate. This is a common practice for many congregants. And we, the church, are probably not helping…

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Beautiful Desolation by John N. Avis

Beautiful Desolation by John N. Avis

  On July 20, we remember, commemorate, and perhaps celebrate the 50th anniversary of man’s setting foot on the moon. Fifty years ago I was a high school junior spending the summer living and working at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain. That Sunday evening we...

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Worry by Theresa Jennings

Worry by Theresa Jennings

  Have you ever been called a worrywart? A worrywart is one who either worries about people or situations himself or pesters someone else incessantly. A small child who continually distracts his mother who is talking on the telephone might be called a worrywart....

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First Date by Dr. Jim Lewis

First Date by Dr. Jim Lewis

My father and mother met as teachers in a small country school in North Carrollton, Ms.  He was the superintendent, and she was the new Latin and English teacher recently graduated from Blue Mountain College.  Money was scarce in 1930 in the depths of the Great...

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Separation of Church and State by Carmen Anderson

Separation of Church and State by Carmen Anderson

  This week we will celebrate our country’s birthday, our 243rd, to be exact. Quite an accomplishment for a still, somewhat fledgling nation. However, it’s a day to be thankful that we’ve made it to this point, in spite of the difficulties that have assailed us,...

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Baptism by Frances Breland

Baptism by Frances Breland

Recently both of my boys have expressed an interest in being baptized. While it is exciting to see their developing faith and understanding, it has also raised all kinds of questions for me personally about the timing, meaning and significance of baptism. Let me...

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God’s Grandeur by John N. Avis

God’s Grandeur by John N. Avis

Psalm 19: 1 - 4 (KJV) 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Growing up, family...

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Completely Clean by Theresa Jennings

Completely Clean by Theresa Jennings

About three weeks ago, our church helped sponsor a "Sorta Missions" day with our sister church, The Hope and Healing Center.  I was looking forward to participating because my part-time job had recently conflicted with this unique program. "Sorta Missions" offers the...

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How God Prepares Us for Life by Carmen Anderson

How God Prepares Us for Life by Carmen Anderson

52 years. A lifetime and yet, in some ways, no time at all. That was the feeling I had recently in Copenhagen, when I was fortunate to have a reunion with the Danish exchange student who lived with me during my senior year in high school. Over those 52 years our...

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The Second Mountain: Book Review by Dr. Jim Lewis

The Second Mountain: Book Review by Dr. Jim Lewis

  David Brooks' latest book, The Second Mountain - the Quest for a Moral Life, is a provocative study of how people can move from self-centeredness and hyper-individualism to joy.   Besides generating a thoughtful read, the book has implications for Christians whose...

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In Defense of Martha by Catherine Lewis

In Defense of Martha by Catherine Lewis

             Mary and Martha were sisters who were friends of Jesus.  As their story is often told, one day when Jesus was a guest in their home, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to him teach while Martha toiled in the kitchen preparing a meal for him and his...

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Graduation by Katie Mullenix

Graduation by Katie Mullenix

Let’s talk about senior year. It’s the last year of high school (obviously, Katie), and it closes and opens a chapter of life. It closes a chapter where you discover what you want to do with your life and also a chapter where half the time you’re figuring out who you...

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Essential Questions by John N. Avis

Essential Questions by John N. Avis

“. . .  God looks to see that we have practiced the generosity and inclusiveness of the kingdom in our daily social relationships."                                                                                                                      - R. Alan Culpepper...

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Share the Son – Light by Theresa Jennings

Share the Son – Light by Theresa Jennings

We all know that God loves us very much.  He created us and desires a relationship with each of us whereby we love Him and worship Him. Jesus is part of the Holy Triune God so Jesus is a partner with God the Father's love.  However, Jesus was also human.  My concept...

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Connected to the Creator by Neil Boggan

Connected to the Creator by Neil Boggan

As fatherhood quickly approaches for me, I can’t help but think about how much my son will be watching me and looking to me as he grows.  As I think about the world in which he will grow up, I see how much division exists.  Single-issue politics with quick-fix...

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Race and Repentance by Dr. Jim Lewis

Race and Repentance by Dr. Jim Lewis

    It was a hot summer night in a small central Mississippi town.  The Great War was in full swing in Europe, and theater goers were flocking to see Birth of a Nation, the silent movie about the Lost Cause. Outside a tiny jail an angry crowd began to gather.  They...

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The Clutter in Our Lives by Catherine Lewis

The Clutter in Our Lives by Catherine Lewis

  Staring at the small, mauve-colored book, I realized de-cluttering and downsizing often involve giving up some dreams. Like all the other math majors at my college, I loved our two main professors, Dr. Deere and Dr. Burnside.  So my sophomore year, when Dr. Deere,...

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Speaking My Young Mind by Katie Mullenix

Speaking My Young Mind by Katie Mullenix

My name is Katie. I am 17 years old and a senior at St. George’s Independent School. I will be attending Loyola University Chicago in the fall with a major in Multimedia Journalism. And this is my first blog post. I must admit that I was a bit nervous when I was first...

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Valentine’s Day and the Church by Frances Breland

Valentine’s Day and the Church by Frances Breland

When I was a teenager, I hated Valentine’s Day. My very logical parents insisted that it was just a "Hallmark holiday" that could be comfortably ignored. For them, it existed to dupe people into wasting money on things they didn’t really need. Even though I could...

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All I Really Need to Know by John N. Avis

All I Really Need to Know by John N. Avis

In 1986, Robert Fulghum, a minister and author, published a book of short essays entitled All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The title of the book is taken from the first essay in the volume and perhaps familiar to many of you, in which Fulghum lists...

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WHY by Theresa Jennings

WHY by Theresa Jennings

On several occasions recently, due to the child's illness or closure of day care, I have had the opportunity to keep my three-year-old granddaughter, just the two of us, together, alone, overnight and throughout the following day with no distracting older brothers or...

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Abandoning Hate and Embracing Love by Neil Boggan

Abandoning Hate and Embracing Love by Neil Boggan

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr. from Strength to Love As the...

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Optimism for the New Year by Dr. Jim Lewis

Optimism for the New Year by Dr. Jim Lewis

My wife and I spent time over the holidays with our two sons and their families in Jacksonville, Florida.  Actually we spent most of our time with our new granddaughter, Josephine (Josie), who is eight months old.  Josie is delightful, and her smiles light up a room. ...

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