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Cold fronts produce rapid changes in temperature this time of the year. Jerry Dawson, who was an educator from Texas, told about one such chan…

Think about what you think about when your day first starts. More time asleep. Coffee. Food. Phone. TV. The excitement (or dread or drudgery) …

Matthew 7:1 is one of the most oft-cited of all Bible verses: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Nonchurchgoers love to apply it to busy sche…

Every believer is a theologian, and every theologian interprets, even those who assure you that, no, they don't interpret but only “crave pure…

On the cusp of a new year, here's a grab bag of questions, quotes and thoughts that may never morph into full columns.

I grew up on a 40-acre farm in western Louisiana. The farm was divided into several pastures and fields separated by fences and gates. The cow…

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them i…

At a school Christmas program, a little boy stepped forward to recite a familiar Christmas poem. This is how he began: “'Twas the night before…

Everything you know about the Christmas story is wrong. OK, maybe not all of it. But the holiday tale that most of us recognize stands in need…

In the musical, “Mame,” the title character was a very wealthy woman who lost her fortune in the Wall Street crash of 1929. As a result of thi…

It was the fall of 1956, and I had a hankering for hamsters. When I was growing up, the arrival of the Sears & Roebuck Christmas catalog m…

If you have a preacher, you may wonder what your preacher does day-in and day-out. After all, "preachers only work one day a week,” and honest…

Faulkner would reread his copy of the Hebrew Bible each year for story ideas, which is interesting, to say the least. The Jewish canon does no…

I once heard of a man who applied for a job, and on his resume, he listed the places he had previously worked. Later, when he checked back wit…

Belief in a personal God trips up most of those on a threshold. Atheism is as dogmatic as the narrowest of religions. Agnosticism, the philoso…

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who go through life with grumbling, and those who go through life with gratitude. The one wh…

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