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In our current cultural environment of social distancing and remote gathering, valid questions might occur to individuals who are inclined to assess the relevance and effectiveness of Christianity and the Church, especially considering that in some cases congregational services these days ma…

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I’m a barefoot three-year-old in the backyard when my brother throws a Frisbee. I plunge between the shed and coral honeysuckle bush to catch it, but I’m too slow: The disk bounces in grass. My brother scoffs. I stamp a foot.

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News of the questionable behaviors of the leader of a famous Christian university and his wife have been reported recently, resulting in his abrupt resignation. Reports of the pending divorce and financial scandal concerning a pastor of a prominent church in our region have been made public.…

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We’ve all been privy to the committee hearings regarding the confirmation of President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. As one would expect, there are a variety of issues and questions that have been directed toward Judge Barrett in an effort to better understand and ap…

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The stock market has largely rebounded from COVID-19 and American retail sales are improving steadily. Even more encouraging is that the U.S. unemployment rate fell for the fifth consecutive month in September. Each of these gains are sure signs that the Trump administration's economic

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The ugliness that we have recently witnessed including rioting, billions of dollars of property destruction, assaults, murders and grossly stupid claims about our nation has its origins on college campuses. Two websites, College

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Politics and religion are always sensitive topics, and often very divisive. Sensitive topics, however, should not be avoided if important. Politics can mean different things to different people. In this article I am not referring to the politics of back room corrupt deals or disagreeing with…

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Homestead Mennonite Church is currently experiencing a season of transition as it simultaneously endures this season of challenge and adjustment with which I suspect all congregations are contending due to the existing pandemic. Rick Lee and his wife Debbie were recently called to serve in a…

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The United States Constitution's Article 2, Sec. 2, cl. 2, provides that the president of the United States "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officer…

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What constitutes “sin” for a Christian? The definitions range from broad to narrow. Breaking the Jewish Law is sin. Or breaking local law is sin (we need to honor those in authority, after all). Or just the Ten Commandments are sacred, breaking those is sin.

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COVID-19 is taking a serious toll on chronically ill Americans, particularly those with severe neurological conditions. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia-related brain illnesses increase the risk of contracting and recovering from coronavirus.

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As we all continue to navigate the pandemic and economic downturn together, more attention is being given to issues of anxiety and depression - whether it’s our own feelings or the feelings of those around us. Deaths by suicide and drug overdose have increased since COVID-19. It makes me thi…

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I’ve noticed something recently. I’ve noticed that it’s becoming common in the public arena for primary sources to be avoided or ignored altogether.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just took an important step towards addressing one of the worst public health crises of our time. No, not COVID-19, but a disease that chronically affects millions of Americans: diabetes. A new policy will dramatically reduce seniors' ou…

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Tragedies occur every day. Some tragedies will never be

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Trump-haters are so determined to defeat the president that they're opposing emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine. What a callous disregard for human life. Without a vaccine, another 100,000 fatalities are expected by year's end, according to Washington University epidemiologists. O…

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns that "dangerous new policies" made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took the job in June, will prevent mail-in ballots from being counted. Senator Chuck Schumer claims there's a conspiracy to "undermine and dismantle the post office ahead of the Novembe…

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The Trump administration has set an ambitious trade agenda for the remainder of 2020. In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing earlier this summer, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressed the president's intent to crack down on foreign countries that discriminate against Amer…

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Institutional racism and systemic racism are terms bandied about these days without much clarity. Being 84 years of age, I have seen and lived through what might be called institutional racism or systemic racism. Both operate under the assumption that one race is superior to another. It invo…

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It’s January. Florida winters are mild and I pride myself on wearing shorts in sixty-degree weather, but today I’m bundled in a jacket, blaming my shivers on the ice rink. I love figure skating—or, rather, I love watching it. The Winter Olympics changed my life: I finally understood why foot…

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It’s obvious to anyone alive today that we are living in some of the most unusual times of the last few generations. There is a great threat to health and wellbeing due to this pandemic and we still haven’t seen the final impact it may have on the economy. Many have lost jobs and their busin…

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Today I woke up to a situation that affected me both personally and professionally. It was reported by numerous news reporting platforms (and even the President of the United States) that the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (during a diversity training class at one of its tire manufacturing…

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What if the things that the media and many people are pushing for today are actually the very things that are causing the spikes in the Chinese virus?

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There is a certain amount of responsibility that comes with citizenship. I think that subconsciously, most of us are aware of this truth and consider it to be

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Most people who call themselves Marxists know very little of Karl Marx's life and have never read his three-volume "Das Kapital." Volume I was published in 1867, the only volume published before Marx's death in 1883. Volumes II and III were later edited and published in his name by his frien…

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If the presidential nominating process is the weakest part of our political system -- and, perhaps not coincidentally, one not referenced by the founders -- the vice presidential selection process comes solidly in second place. Some might even argue it's a contender for the top spot.

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As there is currently no end in sight to socially distanced public meetings, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my thoughts on a few significant issues facing our community where the public did not have the opportunity to appear in person at our last City Council meeting.

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Fear is a powerful emotion. Fear can be a good thing or a bad thing. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that we have “nothing to fear but fear itself”. This saying is very popular and sounds good, but like many popular sayings it has no basis in fact. A lack of a healthy fear of da…

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I doubt whether any American would defend the police treatment of George Floyd that led to his death. But many Americans are supporting some of the responses to Floyd's death -- rioting, looting, wanton property destruction, assaults on police and other kinds of mayhem by both whites and blacks.

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When I decided to embrace — or at least contemplatively accept — Christianity back in the midst of my high school era (shortly after dinosaurs roamed the earth, but a bit before the invention of the World Wide Web), one of the notions of the faith which greatly impressed me at the time was t…

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Epitaph: For Grandpa—Thanks for holding my arms up.

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This is my goodbye column. Thanks for letting me practice writing for you. I hope you have gained at least as much from the efforts as I have.

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Americans naturally tend to think of their presidents in terms of generations, like they do with their families. This may have started with the news that former Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, half a century to the day the Continental Congress adopted th…

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The Miami South Dade Vegetable farmer-- (more so, Row Crop Farmer) is slowly a giant of the past as Redland Community Council 14 candidate, Steve Green stated recently in a zoom meeting. Hold the Line Coalition & a UEA summary was the subject and items pointed out that Agricultural Redla…

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Positions of leadership may seem very attractive at first glance. Being the quarterback of a football team can be exciting as long as long as the team is winning.

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As we celebrate our 244th year of independence from British oppression, America is looking very different today, than it did then to our Founding Fathers.

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Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they're so deeply engrained in our image of America.

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We’re all witnessing the demise of our communities today. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting restrictions, the current protests, and the politics that surround them—we’re seeing one negative incident after another, and much of it occurs without respect, consideration, or love for o…