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Sunday, Mar 01, 2015

Linda Downing

A clear voice among mixed messages

True prophets are usually unpopular. They upset status quo. The easiest way to dismiss them is to claim, as much of the secular and church world does, that they no longer exist, that they were for ancient times, and that they were mostly madmen. Thos...
Published: 02/13/15

Is the church relevant?

A few generations ago in the U. S., the churches of Christians were the center of community life — at least, in small towns and close-knit neighborhoods. The social, civic, educational, and business worlds honored timeworn traditions, scheduli...
Updated: 1 months ago

Light vs. Darkness: The Real War

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) may have assigned 2015 the most ironic title in history: “Year of Light.” The full title is the “United Nations International Year of Light and Light-...
Updated: 1 months ago

The time is now

No one has ever made this point more clearly than King Solomon: “To everything there is a season and a time…a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7). It has been echoed from Elvis — “a litt...
Updated: 1 months ago

Yearning for change in 2015

At the end of a manmade calendar lies a desire for transition, a yearning for change. This is normal; this is human; this is God-given. It is the “new” in New Year.
Updated: 1 months ago

Realistic optimism is possible

After the end-of-2014 overviews, the wild celebrations on New Year’s Eve, the 2015 prognostications, the resolutions to learn from it all, Jan. 2 dawns upon the overactive and tired. It is even worse if behind it all is façade or fear or ...
Updated: 2 months ago

What if there was no New Year?

If we let it, the good outweighs the bad—eventually. Before we discard change as a possibility, before we accept an anti-hope stance as a lifestyle, let us embrace at least the idea of a New Year with all the sappy things we dream in our heart...
Updated: 2 months ago

What people fear most this Christmas

Many people name death as their greatest fear. Fyodor Dostoyevski, the great Russian novelist, believed that change is “what people fear most.” That dread in itself is a kind of death.
Updated: 2 months ago

Self-identification may frighten

Let us imagine walking alone in the woods and hearing someone groaning and coughing. When we finally trace the sound’s source, it is not someone but something that usually croaks. A new species, the Atlantic Coast leopard frog, recently found ...
Updated: 2 months ago