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On Memorial Day: My annual tribute to a soldier of the greatest generation

Memorial Day 2011 When I seek to honor the men and women of the armed forces who paid the ultimate price to fight for freedom and justice, I think of their peers and how they honor those who didn’t make … Continue reading

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Good to have Irish blood, though thin, on St. Patricks Day

Last year my sister Pamela, who is our family historian/genealogist, researched our Irish roots for St. Patrick’s Day. Just to establish the proper credentials for this day, I repeat her findings here. On my mother’s (Harriet Louise Speer Jewell) side, we can … Continue reading

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Why did the King family adopt the name, Martin Luther?

Why did the King family, black Baptists from the American South, adopt the name Martin Luther? Here’s one version of the story: http://ireport.cnn.com/themes/custom/resources/cvplayer/ireport_embed.swf?player=embed&configPath=http://ireport.cnn.com&playlistId=540852&contentId=540852/0&

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MLK Day: Precious Lord Take My Hand

Martin Luther King would always request Mahalia Jackson to sing, “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” She sang it for him a last time at his funeral in Atlanta in 1968. It was written by Thomas A Dorsey (1899-1993), the father … Continue reading

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A Digital Telling of the Christmas Story

Did you all see this Digital Nativity Story. Clever, and a lot of fun. Check it out

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If only I would: my creation care resolutions for 2011

(Cross-posted at Flourish) I am over 50 years old, but my environmental sensibility is young. It has only been about five years since I realized that as a Christian I needed to take more seriously both my personal impact on … Continue reading

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The meaning of Christmas: Immanuel. God with us

 We watched a Christmas special a few days ago that weaved a tale to present the real meaning of Christmas, which for that screenwriter was “caring for one another.” People of all faiths and traditions may tire of the commercialism … Continue reading

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Random act of worship 3: silent monks “sing” Hallelujah Chorus

This one is a bit less random than this random act and this one, but very creative. The Hallelujah Chorus like I’ve never heard, or seen, it. (Hat-tip to Mom and Dad Payton for sending it).

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Believe: It’s Merry Christmas in America Again

In 2005 our public relations firm, Rooftop, did media outreach for a client that was providing Christmas gifts to children on the Gulf Coast that had been just been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The innovative project sent a Christmas set … Continue reading

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Learning about Hanukkah

We are in the midst of the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah, the remembrance of a miracle that assured the Jewish people of God’s presence and provision at a time when they had thrown off the yoke of oppression of one … Continue reading

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