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Jesus had come home.  Sabbath morning the little place of worship was packed with relatives and friends.  Nazareth was a little town.  Most everyone was somehow related and everyone knew everything about everyone.  Rumors about Jesus had set their imaginations on fire.  The room was...

If the wind blows just right four times a day we can hear a deep throated whistle blast from our downtown fire station.  It has beenthis way for decades back into the past century.  Eight A.M. signals the beginning of the workday.  Noon signals lunch.  ...

I almost felt like I had to say, "Excuse me" as we drove between them.  On a very busy street with cars streaming both ways two people were holding an animated conversation across the street from each other.   I felt like it was a typical...

In the midst of a grocery store transaction the checkout lady came out from her position at the cash register and went to the pile of hand baskets that had erratically piled up where you put your items on the belt.  Ever so carefully she...

In 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater said, ". extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!"  It sparked a national debate among both academics and the common man on the street.  History has been filled with the horrifying records of the fruit of...

In my side yard hangs a blue plastic swing with yellow ropes.  It has been there for fifteen years and is still in excellent condition. The only thing it lacks is a child.  It has served all our grands when they have come to visit...

We spent the weekend at the home of friends in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.  They have a veranda with a million dollar view of one of the lakes surrounded by lush verdant forest.  Perhaps I have a touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder...

Until 1800 ancient Egyptian writings were mostly untranslatable.   Then the Rosetta Stone was found.  It held the carved inscription of a decree by Ptolemy V in three languages.  It was a light on the ancient world that ultimately opened up the translation of ancient Egyptian...

I am sitting here looking at a list of doctrinal beliefs.  It defines a certain kind of Christian.  It sets him or her apart from other Christians who do not subscribe to this particular list.  I’m not so sure Jesus ever intended there to be...

It was very quiet this morning when I went to the street for the morning paper.  It was quiet except for a family of cardinals.  Mom and dad and three adult-sized young ones were all over the yard while having a full blown conversation.  They...