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Praying with Jesus 2

The cross and resurrection figure large in our thoughts right now, and I struggle with how to pray. I decided to follow an ancient practice and “pray the Scriptures.” It’s … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Praying with Jesus 1

The cross and resurrection figure large in our thoughts right now, and I struggle with how to pray. I decided to follow an ancient practice and “pray the Scriptures.” It’s … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Good health care requires widespread use of medical insurance

Forget politics for a minute, as a Jesus Follower I think everyone has a right to good medical care. In a capitalist society, that means people, not the government, pay … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bacote: Some practical help to sustain your public witness

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Bacote: Permission to go out in public

This just in: Christians have permission to go out in public. Of course, this is not really news, but sometimes evangelical followers of Christ wonder if it is OK to … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

I believe in you; go with God

This is a big week for my two youngest children. One started college; one started student teaching. I would like to borrow some words from Amanda Marshall’s song, “Believe in … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Parenthood changes with time

It hardly required a thought; it was more an impulse. I grasped the upper arm of my adult daughter, stopped her, and led her backward a step. We had been … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Excellence of character crosses party lines

Through the years, I have voted for some truly great individuals, people of high ethical standards, of high character. Here are some of them in chronological order: — Jimmy Carter … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

We should be careful with our “God calls” language

Baptists like to talk about a calling from God. It’s most frequently used in relation to a “call to ministry” or a “calling to be pastor” of a church. It … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Let the joy of Christmas shine from our lives

A boy trudged through the snow one cold evening in Connecticut around 1820. He spied the town’s “”little brown Episcopalian church lit up like a beacon in the early darkness,” … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · Leave a comment