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Sensitivity to mental illness Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Many people with mental illnesses don’t exactly know how to relate to others or whom to trust, but everyone needs friends and people who care for them. Such a friendship can be like any other and includes sharing of personal information by both parties and, as the friendship develops, a sharing of feeling, hurts and whatever. A mental health condition need not be the focal point of the relationship. After all, none of us is perfect. We all have our “disorders.”
 
Glen Stassen left a lasting legacy Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
When I read that ethicist Glen Stassen had died, I immediately thought: "A mighty oak has fallen." But Stassen's work will continue to inform Christian ethics and, subsequently, the world. Now it is time for those rigorously schooled by him to continue his influence and do what he did -- pass along the passion for tackling the tough issues and do the hard work that even Christians often avoid.
 
Hate-monger hits close to home Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The only cure for hate is a changed heart. That doesn’t necessarily happen in a court of law or behind bars. In the case of Frazier Glenn Cross, deeply embedded hate at a young age has resulted in a wasted life and flowered into a premeditated rage. For him, hate finally grew to its logical conclusion. A person rarely controls hate. Rather, hate controls that person.
 
Don't be distracted this Easter Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Easter reminds us that one of the most effective ways to influence others for Christ is simply to tell the story of redemption and what the Son of God means to us, what he has done for us and especially the relationship with Christ that awaits anyone willing to trust him.
 
The unholy legacy of Fred Phelps Print E-mail
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By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Monday, March 24, 2014
The news that Fred Phelps, the 84-year-old founder of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., has died drew predictable reactions from just about everyone, from anger, to glee to relief. Phelps and the congregation, which includes most of his many children and their children, have become best known for protests arising out of their disgust of homosexual behavior and their hatred for every gay.
 
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October is Pastor Appreciation Month and Appreciation Day on October 12. Many children aren't sure what a pastor does. Perhaps it is a good time for children -- of all ages -- to spend more time getting to know and appreciate your pastor. (Video by Park West Church in Knoxville, Tenn.)

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