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I got stopped by a freight train rumbling through Auburn the other day and it got me to thinking about how trains had played a role in my life. Now that Paula and I are in our retirement years, taking a few train trips has definitely moved higher up our bucket list,

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Earlier this month, my congregation’s social justice sign — proclaiming a message of love, equity, reason, and dignity — was stolen from in front of our Thach Avenue sanctuary. It could have been a coincidence that we discovered the theft just days after the riot at the Capitol in Washington…

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Call me naïve, but I never imagined a time in America when ordinary citizens would tear apart our foundation of democracy.

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I love a good story. Biblical story, TV drama, novel — I love and appreciate the way stories have the power to help us learn things about ourselves and others. Stories help us identify our biases and grow in empathy for our fellow human beings. Stories have the power to convict and transform…

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Last Wednesday, a violent pro-Trump mob added one of the darkest chapters to American history when it engaged in insurrection against the U.S. government by storming the Capitol in the hopes of stopping Congress from performing its constitutional duty of affirming the Electoral College count…

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I can only imagine the rise in TV viewing since the Covid-19 outbreak. But even before then, I discovered several British TV shows that have given Paula and me countless hours of entertainment from "across the pond" over the last 8 or 9 years.

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I remember handing out some advice to a young friend who was thinking about getting married. Back in those good ole days, the advice I was so free to hand out was worth exactly what my lovesick friend paid for it ... nothing, nada, zip, nothing. But to me, I thought it was priceless.

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While we don’t routinely share the number of Covid-19 deaths in our updates, we think this graphic (Page 7A) is a powerful reminder of what our healthcare community has been through since March 2020. Just stop and think about this staggering number for a minute — 139 lives lost to Covid-19 i…

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In his famous poem, The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot calls April the “cruelest month.” If Mr. Eliot were alive today, he would call December 2020, the “cruelest month ever.” In that month, about 77,572 Americans died from complications connected with Covid-19. 

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Weary. That may be the best way to describe our world (and your world) at the end of 2020. But, is that the outlook for 2021 as well?

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As my wife Paula and I were driving back from a quick trip to Auburn last weekend, I heard a song on XM Radio that really got me to thinking. It was titled "I Love" by one of the truly great song writers and storytellers out of Nashville, Tom T. Hall.

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With less than a week to go before the final election of the 2020 cycle, the nation’s eyes are fixed squarely on Georgia, as its two incumbent Republican senators, Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, face tough Democratic opposition from challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, res…

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“So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” — Genesis 2:3

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In light of the Christmas season, I thought that this week's conversation would deal with the less-than-perfect year of 2020. What have you learned from the events surrounding the year?

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Each year around the Christmas season, there’s a justified reservation among the followers of Christ against the excessive commercialism and ever-increasing demand to do more, buy more, give more … and eat more (maybe we aren’t so reserved about that last one). It’s all about the stuff! 

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At the time of writing this article for this publication, the Christian faithful are entering into the the third week of Advent and by the time of publication we will be in the fourth week of Advent.  

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So far, close to 300,000 Americans have died from Covid-19 with no end in sight. The way things are going, we may likely have more than one million deaths in the next year. And those who are dying feel cut off from others, since family members cannot be with their loved ones at the moment of…

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Anyone who has hired a mechanic, electrician, financial advisor or Realtor knows that enlisting a professional with experience and expertise is often the most efficient use of our time and money. And, maybe even more importantly, consulting an expert offers valuable peace of mind. 

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The Church calendar reminds us that we are in the four-week season of Advent. The word, Advent, is derived from the Latin word, Adventus, meaning “coming” or “arriving.” This word, Advent, invites us to receive the good news that our hope, peace, joy, love and ultimate salvation in Christ Je…

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After an embarrassing defeat of an incumbent president — who probably would have won re-election if he kept his mouth shut and did his job — where does the Republican party go from here?

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The results of the 2020 presidential election show that the U.S. is more divided over racism than any white person like me would ever surmise. It boggles the mind to know that over 70 million people voted for President Trump in the 2020 presidential election. This doesn’t mean that everyone …

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The four most prominent vaccines in the U.S., with large-scale phase three clinical trials nearly finished, come from Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and the U.K.'s AstraZeneca. 

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If truth be told, once I grew old enough that I stopped caring about getting toys every Christmas, Thanksgiving really became my favorite holiday of the year. 

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For richer, for poorer, I have been fascinated with words, ever since I was “knee high to a grasshopper,” a saying we kids used when growing up in Bayonne, N.J. There are many words that have a surplus of meanings. Think of the Italian word, ciao, translated as hi, hey, hello, goodbye, or as…

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I’m always behind on TV trends, especially comedy. Recently, I started watching "Schitt’s Creek," an often-cringy, over-the-top comedy about a rich family that loses everything. I grew up far more like the show’s townies who shop at Blouse Barn, so I laugh at the cluelessness of the Rose fam…

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While I may harbor opinions on certain subjects, I usually shy away from addressing national politics in the Villager, mainly because, well, we're focused more on the community we live in and the issues we face locally. 

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This article looks at President-elect Joe Biden’s Strategic Challenges, namely, the “3Cs,” Covid-19, China, and Climate Change. Covid-19 was caused by SARS--CoV-2 that emerged in 2019 and has resulted in a pandemic that has created havoc globally. The immediate pandemic period will last hope…

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For years, Mrs. Carol donated each month to the United Way of Lee County through payroll deduction. She was grateful for her stable job, home in Beauregard and loving family and wanted others in her community to have the same comfort and peace of mind. 

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Wedged between Halloween and election day, two days that capture our focus and imagination, sits an important day for Christians: All Saints’ Day. 

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With the Covid-19 pandemic hanging around the Auburn area and posing a threat to our elderly population, many of whom usually make up the vast majority of poll workers, it was heartening to see relatively younger people doing their civic duty and working the polls on Tuesday. 

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The United States used to be the light of the world. That bright light allowed us to see way down the road of freedom and democracy.

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Recently, my wife Paula and I had a close encounter of the marsupial kind out on our patio. It was about 9 p.m. when I heard a muffled scream followed by a clear "Bob, come here quick." I dashed through the house to the back door where Paula was looking through the glass door and pointing at…

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The annual United Way campaign is in full swing and, at last count, we’ve reached $133,360, 14 percent   of our overall goal. We know we have a long way to go, but we’re encouraged daily as we see more and more members of our community choose to give and become part of something much bigger.

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This letter is a response to the two letters from pro-life (i.e., anti-abortion-legalization) advocates that appeared in the Villager issue of Oct. 8. I am pro-choice (i.e., pro-abortion-legalization). I do not, however, regard the pro-life view as “wrong” or untenable. To me, it is a view t…

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President Trump calls himself pro-life but that was not always the case. He has changed his political affiliation four times. In 1987, Trump was a Republican but switched to the Reform Party in 1999, and declared himself “very pro-choice.” Trump then became a Democrat from 2001-2008. In 2009…

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It is evident that Covid-19 is still circulating in our population. To date, the U.S. has recorded 8 million confirmed cases with 215,000 fatalities. This disease will not simply "go away" spontaneously. From data collected in Europe, Asia and in areas of our nation that infection reappears …

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Before we get started with this week's conversation, a correction. 

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What can we do for Trump, Pence, Biden and Harris? Yes, vote. But as Christians, we are called to do something else ... pray!