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Baseball Card Wisdom

My parents moved to another city when I was away at college.  On my first visit to our new home, I discovered that my Dad had thrown out my collection of baseball cards in the move.  Ever since then, I have wondered if there were some rare and valuable cards that ended up in the…

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Theocracy

What are people of faith to do when others who claim to have the same faith use that faith against democracy?  This is the question I wrestle with more and more as advocates of “Christian nationalism” seem intent on subverting our democracy in the name of God.   There are examples all across our country of…

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Countering Hate

This might seem a strange question to ask, but it needs to be asked anyway.  “What is the greatest problem that our country—no, not just our country, but the whole world—needs to tackle in 2023?”   Sadly, we have a long list of problems to choose from, but there is one problem that is hardest to…

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Thurman

Once I retired, I knew that I’d finally have the time to read books that were on my “need-to-read” list.  Recently, I accidentally or providentially ran across the name of Dr. Howard Thurman, an author whom I always intended to read but, for some reason, hadn’t managed to.  But once I discovered that Martin Luther…

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Christmas Memories

It is a Christmas tradition in our family to watch the film version of A Child’s Christmas in Wales.  The film is a sentimental window into Christmastime a hundred years ago in a different culture, but not so different as to confuse American viewers.   The film, based on Dylan Thomas’ poem of the same name,…

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Learning to Love the World Cup

I will admit to having a mild case of World Cup fever.  As is true of most Americans, I had seen soccer, or what the rest of the world calls “football” or “futbol,” played before.  But my passions when I was growing up were basketball and baseball, and I am positive that my high school…