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What do you do when things don’t turn out the way you had hoped? How can you live through times of chaos and uncertainty without having serious emotional wounds and struggles? What should your reaction be when your strength is failing after a long battle? Many of us have found ourselves in t…

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Did America go crazy in 2020? I suspect observers years hence will think so because of the responses, of both elite officials and ordinary Americans, to the COVID-19 pandemic starting last February and to the shocking video from Minneapolis police officers released over Memorial Day weekend.

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It is probably not a fallacy to state that religion has sometimes (maybe often) led people astray from God rather than leading them to a fuller understanding and relationship with him. Even considering that, it is perhaps not

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This year has been difficult for many, including Homestead Mennonite Church (HMC), my home congregation.

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I met economist and professor Walter Williams when I interviewed him while hosting a local TV show in Cleveland. We discussed a number of topics but focused on race-based preferences, aka affirmative action. Williams adamantly opposed it, still an unpopular position to take, but especially b…

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I have spent a lot of time since May traveling around the U.S., most recently to Colombia and Ecuador. Flying in the midst of a pandemic is challenging as one must wear a facemask for long periods of time, enduring some long flights without refreshments and experiencing many flight changes a…

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Several years ago, Project Baltimore began an investigation of Baltimore's school system. What they found was an utter disgrace. In 19 of Baltimore's 39 high schools, out of 3,804 students, only 14 of them, or less than 1%, were proficient in math. In 13 of Baltimore's high schools, not a si…

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If you’re like most people, then you probably are unfamiliar with Advent. There certainly isn’t any harm in that, but it truly can be a blessing to know why Advent is celebrated. Advent is the spiritual season during the weeks leading up to Christmas. It reminds us that, while we usually cel…

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Thanksgiving has become a forgotten holiday. It has become a few days off sandwiched in between the commercial successes of Halloween and Christmas. These few days off have changed from being a time set aside to thank God for who He is and what He has done, to some time set aside to devote o…

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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Earlier this week, while driving down South Dixie Highway, my son and I saw Spider-Man casually walking down the street: full costume in the hot afternoon sun.

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It is obvious that there is more than enough division and hate to go around. Some people hate others because of the color of their skin, others hate people because of the job they have or the political party they are associated with. Who do you hate and why? You may have been caught off guar…

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“Insufficient facts always invites danger ...” (Spock, from an episode of “Star Trek” titled “Space Seed”) In the science fiction genre, it is quite common to speculate on the nature of humankind’s supposed end, or at the very least, the end of current human civilization. Some sources may ev…

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While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called "systemic racism."

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There’s a jar in front of me full of rocks, some large as softballs, others clumping like sand. Perhaps you’ve heard this metaphor before—the jar contains me, the rocks are my time, what I do in life. It’s my task to dump it all out and categorize myself.

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Recently someone mentioned that, for some, the Christian life is one of great sacrifice, for others, not so much. They implied, with no malice, that mine was a life of minimal sacrifice. Disagreement registered in my heart but did not escape my lips. It set me to thinking.

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Is it important to have racial or sexual diversity in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic? Heather Mac Donald suggests that some think it might be in her City Journal article "Should Identity Politics Dictate Vaccine Research?" The funding priorities of the National Institutes of Health …

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Wouldn’t it be nice in this day of social media to find people that admit that they don’t know everything? It used to be that everyone knew a few people that thought they knew everything, and they had to prove it. Today those people have been given a bigger audience. Not only that, but they …

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Former Barack Obama adviser Rahm Emanuel, during a recent interview, reminded us of his 2008 financial crisis quotation, "Never allow a crisis to go to waste." The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a wonderful opportunity for those of us who want greater control over our lives. Sadly, too many…

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Schools remain shuttered across the country, 30 million Americans are out of work, and food banks are running low, but the edutech sector is booming.

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In recent days, it is quite likely that one may have encountered an interesting set of conversations, suggestions, discussions, and debates regarding the "Christian response" to our current circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the essence of the question is "in what manner …

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During this Coronavirus time, there is an expectation for social distancing. Staying indoors when possible, wearing masks, keeping six feet apart, refraining from group interactions; these measures are meant to keep people safe, reducing the chance that the virus will spread and possibly inf…

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One of the first lessons in an economics class is everything has a cost. That's in stark contrast to lessons in the political arena where politicians talk about free stuff. In our personal lives, decision-making involves weighing costs against benefits. Businessmen make the same calculation …

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Some of America's most beautiful spaces -- our colleges and university campuses -- are closed and empty these days. Schools have canceled their spring semesters and commencements because of the COVID-19 virus; classrooms, dormitories and athletic facilities have been closed.

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Yesterday I had a conversation with one of my closest friends who is a major Christian leader in his Latin American country. His country has been already