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Easter is a time of renewing our vows

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Easter is the signature day on the Christian calendar. Two thousand years ago, prophecy was fulfilled in the resurrection of Jesus from a Jerusalem tomb. More important, Christ fulfilled the purpose of God in redeeming sinful humanity.

For believers, this is akin to a married couple renewing their vows.


Luxury home not befitting of priestly image

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Occasionally in evangelical or broader Protestant life, we hear of a pastor or bishop who has the means to maintain a luxurious lifestyle — and chooses to live that way. Often, he (or she) also has a successful television presence.

When a news story was posted a few days ago about Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s construction of a $2.2 million mansion for himself in an upscale area of the city, it certainly didn’t seem to fit with a body of clergy well known for taking vows of poverty.


Hopeful days for Liberian Baptists

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I read with interest the account of the installation of Mercer University Professor Richard Wilson as the sixth president of Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary a couple of weeks ago.

Liberia is the West African country whose southern coast borders the Atlantic Ocean; it was a nation built by former American slaves, who envisioned a “land of the freed,” if you will. It was a relatively quiet place until almost 35 years ago when a coup d’état launched a bitter and bloody civil war. The past 10 years have been marked by what some observers call a “tenuous peace.”


The snow melted yesterday -- some of it

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Yesterday, for the second day in a row, outside temperatures became almost balmy. Here in mid-Missouri in the Midwest, higher temperatures and sustained sunshine were godsends.


Winter survival story is heart-warming

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As a student who began writing stories for my daily newspaper in the summers when I was fresh out of high school, I have always enjoyed good-news pieces, especially those with dramatic or even surprising endings.


Reflections on losing Dad 25 years ago

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Each year as Thanksgiving approaches my family is reminded of the death of Dad. It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Robert Que Webb, a lifetime resident of my hometown of Mt. Vernon, Ill., died on Nov. 8, 1988. Dad’s unusual middle name was derived from a physician after whom he was named.


Show gratitude to a vet

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Veteran’s Day is one of the few holidays that our staff does not have as a paid day off.


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