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This morning I read 1 Thessalonians 4 to a class of thirty-six supposed Christian youth average age of about twenty-one.  I don’t know what I expected.  I know I didn’t expect Hallelujahs and Amens but what I did get startled and bewildered me.  Basically what...

This afternoon we stood 140 feet above the Connecticut River in the middle of the King French Bridge.   Since 1932 it has safely aided millions of trucks and cars across its 460 foot span.  It is a thing of beauty.  While we were watching speed...

It is difficult for us who have been born and raised in a Christian culture to understand just how revolutionary was Jesus.   We take for granted the promises of grace and adoption into God’s family. We grow up calling God, “Our Father.”  Early on we...

Most of us have restore dates on our computers.  It is a marvelous feature.  Should we be invaded by some horrible virus that corrupts your system we can restore our system to a previous date when all was well.  More than once this has saved...

When we moved into our home in Massachusetts we discovered the former owner left behind a wonderful old leather-bound set of Encyclopedia Britannica published in 1910.  I learned it was a classic edition.  While doing some research this evening I wondered what scholars thought about...

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...