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An article written by Kate Shellnutt in “Christianity Today” claims that African Americans are the only racial group that see the Bible as more important for the moral fabric of the nation than the constitution. more
The word normal is defined as conforming to a standard, expected, settled or day-to-day. It’s a state everyone strives to get-back-to after the holidays, vacations and major events. As much as we love the breaks, returning to a somewhat normal atmosphere can be difficult, or it can be embraced and loved, especially after the New Year has begun. more
As 2019 begins, the federal government remains partially shut down. Proposals are still surfacing and meetings are still being arranged, but as I write this it looks like it could go on for a while (by the time this is printed, it could all be over). One of the central points of disagreement is funding for the border wall, which is a highly controversial sticking point. It will be difficult to reach an agreement, and the longer the shutdown goes on, the more the economic costs will mount. more
THE consensus from some local retailers is one of relief as we move on into the New Year. Sales for the month of December started out slow as locals competed with on-line purchases, but true to Kilgoreites’ nature, they dug in and offered it all to pull in the last minute sales. more
As you may know, the congregation I serve, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, co-sponsors a quarterly community blood-drive with the Kilgore Rotary Club. Not every time but regularly I mention the next drive in a column, either weeks before or the day of the drive, as I here mention the upcoming January 19 drive. more
We have just finished celebrating Christmas day, yet the season of Christmas will not end until epiphany Sunday, January 6th. What, exactly, is the theological backbone of Christmas? The birth of the messiah who will occupy David’s throne forever? Yes. The coming of the true King of the earth and Lord of Glory? Absolutely. But there’s a simpler answer that permeates all the above answers: God has become human for our salvation from our sinfulness and our shame. In Jesus Christ, we see a God who comes to rescue us. more
It was during the '70s an American television series called "The Waltons" was a favorite pasttime to watch. The series was about a family in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II. The show was filled with life lessons regarding hard work, honesty and high moral standards. And no matter the circumstances throughout the day, the evening always ended with each family member telling each other good night and ending with “good night, John Boy” the oldest of the siblings played by Richard Thomas. more
It has been strange this year. Those are words that have been echoed throughout the area this Christmas season, almost as if something is amiss, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Perhaps the hustle and the bustle of the season has been too long and the parties a little too much and perhaps, just perhaps the reason for the season has become distorted. more
WE all have them. Christmas stories, that is. Those that make you laugh and those that can make you cry. No matter the situation ‘tis the season of sharing those unforgettable moments. “LAST … more
A full church with flowering poinsettias illuminated by flickering candlelight, echoing with a choir singing Christmas carols. Flawlessly-wrapped perfectly-chosen presents under a … more
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