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A 1964 Christmas Story

It was 1964. Life hadn’t been great for the girl, but this particular year had been mostly a nightmare. Her Mother and Step-Father had separated. Finances were next to non existent. School for the girl became a burden on the mother. At only 15 she was resigned to possibly never finishing high school. She was […]

12Dec2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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When Sadness Overwhelms Us

All of us experience grief.  As children we see our grand parents pass.  We lose our pets, great aunts and uncles.  We lose games of school sports.  We fail to make the team.  These are the experiences that help prepare us for the more grave loss of parents, siblings, spouses.  Sadly some of lose our […]

11Jun2015 | | Comments Off on When Sadness Overwhelms Us | Continued
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The Irony of Ohg Rea Tone – the Conflict of Ideology

Ohg Rea Tone struggles, like others who believe wholeheartedly in their own point of view.  The simple twist of fate put Mr. Tone on the left side of most issues. Had the shoe of the other foot fallen a few millimeters to the right, Mr. Tone would sound the same, look the same, feel the […]

10Mar2014 | | Comments Off on The Irony of Ohg Rea Tone – the Conflict of Ideology | Continued
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A Personal Fight With Social Injustice

Most of my adult life people have treated me as if I am particularly intelligent.  Some have openly called me intellectual.  My thought was usually that they were mistaken, that I am well read and speak well.  When I take a shower and dress in a suit I present pretty well.  I did not receive […]

5Dec2013 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Save Yourself – Then Pull Up the Ladder

It is not in the nature of man to escape danger and then abandon fellow humans who face the same danger. We see examples in every war of courageous self sacrifice to rescue fellow soldiers.  We often see firefighters or police officers risk their own safety to help others.  The idea works well at an […]

8Mar2012 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Schizophrenia – A Family Affair

I am convinced that mental illness permeates my family.  There are no diagnosis – no testimonials of counselors or case workers.  There is fear.  Fear of venturing to ask any questions.  Fear of unknown possibilities.  Fear of helpless damnation. Families keep secrets because families are ashamed.  And that, my friends, is the problem. Ignorance abounds.  […]

13Dec2011 | | Comments Off on Schizophrenia – A Family Affair | Continued
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Obama’s American Revolution – 2010

We are ready.  We are ready for change.  We are ready for a Revolution. The American people have already demonstrated a powerful desire for revolution.  Witness the elections of 2006 and 2008.   Democrats have registered to vote in historic numbers.  Barack Obama – a relative unknown – won because he represented the best chance […]

9May2010 | | Comments Off on Obama’s American Revolution – 2010 | Continued
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Children of War – The 20th Century Bleeds into the 21st.

The sins punished for generations are War, Poverty, Hunger, Ignorance, Physical Illness, and a general disregard of others by society. These sins compound daily – the accruing interest to be paid by succeeding generations.

12Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Children of War – The 20th Century Bleeds into the 21st. | Continued
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The Poverty Paradigm – Misunderstanding Charity

We talk charitably about social justice, often with the liberal view of defending the disenfranchised. Taken out of context we might be seen as classic do-gooders who only enable irresponsibility. That is the common refrain for shallow, heartless capitalists who do not realize that there is profit in assisting the impoverished. Dr. Muhammad Yanus, an […]

12Dec2008 | | Comments Off on The Poverty Paradigm – Misunderstanding Charity | Continued
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The Christian Message and Economic Prosperity…

We have mentioned Dave Ramsey and Joel Osteen on this magazine, and I thought it might be a good idea to spend some time on the difference between a minister and a motivational speaker. I think that the line can get pretty blurry. In order to do the subject justice, we have to mention the […]

6Dec2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Poverty Inoculation – Gratitude

This economy was beginning to make me sick.  My stock portfolio has lost half of the value.  Dividends are now 5% of $10 instead of 5% of $20 – so my income is shredded.  The identification thieves skip my trash can – there is nothing left to steal.  The illness was creeping into my neurological […]

24Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Immigration – Underground Railroad

We are talking about people. Suffering people. oppressed people. Oppressed by poverty, by repressive land owners, by corporate greed, by poor health care, and by an unresponsive government. North, they are told. North to a land of opportunity. A land where they will not be subjected to the fierce drudgery of poverty. They have relatives […]

11Oct2008 | | 11 comments | Continued
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Debt, Spending, and Social Justice

We admire the determination of people who do not have debt. The Congress and Administration should be so wise. As a young parent we ventured into the world of credit cards.   The result was that our children lived in virtual poverty.  We had a good job and made good money – but the debt […]

24Sep2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Bottom Billion – a Hungry World

Son, Shocked, but not surprised.  That is often the reaction of intelligent people when bad things happen.  A very bad thing is happening on our planet.  Poverty and hunger have become so devastating that the statisticians now refer to a segment of the human population as ‘the bottom billion.’ We are talking about people who […]

12Mar2008 | | Comments Off on The Bottom Billion – a Hungry World | Continued
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Christ, or Anti-Christ

Son, Take a look at the State of the World. Look at the role of religion in world events. Look at the disparity of faiths represented by the candidates for President of the United States. Who or what is running this show? The term, Anti- Christ, is mentioned in the Bible very briefly. I think […]

29Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Christ, or Anti-Christ | Continued
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Supply Side Jesus

Dad, The conversation around here has been meandering through politics, economics, and religion. I thought I might dig into my YouTube favorites for a nice video that could begin to tie it all together for us. Low and behold, I dug up this gem from Al Franken: Thanks, Al. I needed that. Bryan.

28Jan2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Another video on Prosperity Gospel

Son, I appreciate your struggle with the variety of means that Jesus is presented.  These are confusing times.  People who have become successful in America are conflicted – the traditional message of suffering no longer fits their lifestyle.  The ministers of the Prosperity Gospel seek to find an audience among the wealthy – why do […]

27Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Another video on Prosperity Gospel | Continued
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Stimulating economy, stimulating hope

Son, We in this country are on the verge of a recession.  I see two realities in this prediction – one is an academic understanding of economics – the other is the real human disaster of poverty and despair.  I’ll speak first to economics – it is important to understand some basic principles. A recession […]

24Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Local YMCA’s lose perspective

Son, Our local YMCA Board has lost touch once again, or perhaps I should say have never gained perspective. They had some sort of unexpected financial problem, I think with building maintenance, so they have decided to just charge all members double their normal monthly rate in January. That should raise about $60,000. They are […]

19Dec2007 | | Comments Off on Local YMCA’s lose perspective | Continued
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Old ladies and dumpsters

Son, Our discussions about dumpster diving is cause for reflection.  Cause to reflect back to the 1950’s, when I was a boy.  How times have changed. I remember when I was a child, my mother’s Aunt Ann was in her fifties when her husband died.  They had no children.  Aunt Ann was that slobbery mouth […]

21Nov2007 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Dave Ramsey, meet Joel Osteen

Son, We have talked several times about Dave Ramsey, monetary guru of Christianity. I have been wandering around the Dave Ramsey Web site and I see a great deal of information on debt management, how to get out of debt, and how to stay out of debt. This man is important in America today. I […]

17Oct2007 | | 12 comments | Continued