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Missouri Voices
By Doyle Sager   
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Heard any good jokes lately? Early Christians customarily celebrated Easter with joy, laughter and lots of jokes. Someone once said that humor is our response to seeing the proud lord of death step on a banana peel. That proud lord of death (Satan) thought he had won. But God had the last laugh! The resurrection of Jesus turned tragedy into comedy.
Let's put away our scissors! Print E-mail
Missouri Voices
By Doyle Sager   
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Like many people, I was appalled the first time I heard the story of how Thomas Jefferson, one of our nation’s founding fathers, personally edited the Bible. He took a pair of scissors and cut up his copy of Scripture, removing the parts that he believed did not pass the Enlightenment test of reason.

But I wonder. What about us? Without ever touching a pair of scissors, have we “cut out” important scriptural themes simply by ignoring them?

Next trip to the fridge, think on this Print E-mail
Missouri Voices
By Doyle Sager   
Monday, August 18, 2014

It mattered to God that the Hebrew people, wandering in the wilderness, were famished. He gave them manna. It mattered to Jesus that 5,000 people were hungry, and so he fed them with five loaves and two fish. It matters to God and to Jesus that people are hungry today.

The question is: Does it matter to us?

Care for the church staff Print E-mail
By Bill Webb, Word & Way Editor   
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Urging churches to provide adequate financial care for their pastors, other ministers and staff members during less-than-stellar financial times might seem a stretch. After all, gifts to many churches are down even as members struggle with unemployment and, in other cases, less disposable income.

Under such circumstances, what is a church to do?

How to fact-check preaching material Print E-mail
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By Ken Satterfield   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Growing up, we discover the entertainment value of fish tales and whoppers. We hear a story that’s too good not to pass along, and we usually do.

So it’s not surprising that originality and accuracy may not be at the top of a congregation’s ethical concerns.

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