A House Divided; The Level of Public Debate, Part II.

Click to read The Level of Public Debate, Part. I.   Abraham Lincoln, one of the great, reluctant orators of modern history, is often credited in popular mythology with the phrase, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” It’s the title of a speech...
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The Level of Public Debate, Part I.

I’m spending the remainder of 2014 a bachelor, of sorts. To be particular about it, my wife, Meghann, started her new job yesterday as the Executive Admin. to the President of Central Methodist University. The college is in Fayette, about two hours from here, and so...
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Timely Words from our Bishop

A Message from Bishop Robert Schnase, Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church Dear friends, People have asked about what the United Methodist Church is doing in response to the events in recent days in Ferguson, Missouri, and so I’d like to lift up a few significant...
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The Problem of Evil

One of the ways I like to unwind in the evenings is by reading, if I can catch the time for it, out on the porch. I had an unusual chance to be at home around the time for the evening news, but somehow the thought of catching up on world events was the furthest thing from my...
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Every Soul Needs a Sole

Have some gently used shoes lying around the house? Faith is here to help! Bring them on in to the church and do double the good with them! We’ve partnered with an organization that will provide these shoes to people in need throughout the world, and will even pay us for...
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Broken and Beautiful: The Quintessence of Dust.

Did you watch the Oscars last night? If you’re friends with me on Facebook (God Bless you, first of all), then you probably already know that I did. I don’t always tune in, but occasionally it’s fun to sit back and enjoy the show. I don’t put a whole lot...
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Simple Things

A couple of weeks ago I spent some time in the shopping area around the Independence Center, a mall located on 39th Street in Independence, Missouri. I was early for a lunch meeting and I thought I would pick up a couple things while I was there. Sitting in my car, listening to...
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A Few of My Favorite Things…

It’s the Eve of Christmas Eve, or as we say in the biz, “Christmas Eve Squared.” That’s not true. I have no knowledge of anyone that says that. Regardless, it’s the day before the biggest day in the Church-related part of the Christmas Season. Very...
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The Case for Happy Holidays

I find myself in a rather strange position, as a Pastor and as a devoted follower of Christ: I would like to make the case for the use of Happy Holidays. Why, you might ask? Well, no, i’m not stirring up trouble here – so I hope you stick with me for a stream of...
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Lost Boys

“People are strange when you’re a stranger  Faces look ugly when you’re alone  Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted  Streets are uneven when you’re down…” Do you know the song? In your head now? You’re welcome. It’s an awesome song by The Doors that, for me, was the real theme...
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