Breaking The Silent Night

Breaking The Silent Night

I love Christmas music and I’ve been playing it a little earlier each year, much to the chagrin of family and friends, because I want to hasten the arrival of my favorite time of the year. Of all the Christmas carols, Silent Night is a perennial favorite with its peaceful and tender account of the Savior’s birth.

It’s instructive to note, however, that the first Christmas, in fact, broke the silence that had blanketed ancient Israel for about 400 years.

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The Church Will Endure

The Church Will Endure

In this time of domestic strife in our nation, I’ve read and heard a great deal about the failure of the church to provide desperately needed moral leadership. In fact, the church is splintered into various factions, usually among political lines, and its ability to transcend our divisions and be a force for unity is seriously compromised. Non-believers are observing our behavior and declaring us hypocrites for our immersion into worldly affairs. Some Christian thinkers believe our witness to the world is damaged beyond repair because of controversial policies or personalities with whom some of our leaders are aligned.

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Is our Constitution "Wholly Inadequate" Today?

Is our Constitution "Wholly Inadequate" Today?

As a lifelong student of American government and history, one question has always intrigued me about the events which led to the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

How unlikely was this assembly of leaders and populace in one place that bred a nation which, in its early years, was unlike any other that preceded it?

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Race Relations in the Post-Obama Era

Race Relations in the Post-Obama Era

In considering the title for this talk, some may think it’s far too soon to evaluate the post-Obama era. After all, it’s only a month and a day old! With passions regarding the past eight years of the Obama presidency still high on both sides of the political aisle, it’s fair to assume that any verdict we render now will have the rough edges smoothed, or be thrown out altogether as time and distance bring hopefully greater objectivity and academic rigor to the study of his time in office.

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All Things Together for Good

All Things Together for Good

I have a lot going on in my life right now, most of it good or very good, some of it not so good. As I lay in bed fighting the aching in my right hip -- more on that in a moment -- and resisting the slow but sure reawakening of my mind to the point where I couldn't go back to sleep, I was overcome by an assurance that, regardless of what is happening to me or around me, God knows exactly what He's doing. I actually had a sense that everything, the good and the not so good, was falling into place in a structured and deliberate fashion.

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

When the first of November rolls around each year, my spirits begin to rise in anticipation of the holiday season to come. The period that begins with Thanksgiving and ends with Epiphany – Three Kings Day for some - on January 6th is my favorite time of the year. I’ve been pushing the envelope in my household for years on when I start to play Christmas music – regrettably, there is not a lot of Thanksgiving music out there! – and while I usually wait until Thanksgiving Day, this year I started a little bit early to try and usher in the season as soon as I could.

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