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The religions of the world have a lot to say about living in a meaningful way in a time of troubled waters. Take Thich Nhat Hanh as an example. He’s a Zen master, poet and peace advocate. Thich, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, has helped countless people from all religious traditions live mindfu…

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Christians throughout the world are preparing to enter into the most sacred days of the Christian Calendar this coming Sunday. Palm Sunday begins the sacred days for us to follow our Lord into his passion, which redeems humanity from sin and gives us eternal life.  

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Today, we find ourselves in an unnatural state, sitting at home alone, separated, unable to gather and chat in social settings. Sigh, because we are social creatures who enjoy one another’s company.

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Hardly a day goes by that I don't wish this whole coronavirus thing were just a bad dream ... a dream that would end when I woke up and everything was back to normal.

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The health and safety of Alabamians is our top priority. To that end, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Hospital Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and Alabama Medicaid Agency are joining together to help sto…

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Thank goodness for smart phones and the Internet ... not to mention cable TV, satellite delivered TV and old-fashioned books. And don't forget music CDs and DVDs, too. For those of us who are in the midst of staying put at home while we wait out the Coronavirus pandemic, these things are no …

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In the Christian tradition, the season of Lent is a time in which we often fast from the things we know to be detrimental to our relationship with God. Some people fast from things they love more than they should: sugar, caffeine, alcohol. Others fast from things that take up excessive time …

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The news is uptight these days, with sickness and worry all about, so these thoughts written in a safe room at my house can perk me up.  

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Well, it had to happen. It was only a matter of time. After all, the experts were saying things like, "It's not a matter of if, but when."

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In this article I want to share my thoughts on the COVID-19 virus based on what I have read. I am no expert in this area, but write as a concerned citizen. We live in a scary environment since viruses heighten a person’s anxiety, because they are an invisible threat to one’s existence. 

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So much of prayer in Judaism is communal and liturgical. We gather at least once a week to offer prayers that thank, praise and petition G-d for help, such as prayers to heal those we love. Prayer elevates the soul, comforts and provides spiritual connection to the Divine. Some prayers requi…

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My dad used to do something that would be frowned on today ... even though some experts say it's a very good thing to do. 

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What do you do when you are facing something scary?

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Over the next couple of weeks, every Auburn household will receive a postcard from the U.S. Census Bureau, leading up to April 1 — Census Day 2020 — which is an important day for Auburn’s future. Residents should expect to receive their postcards anytime from today to March 20. The City of A…

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Our own Ted Becker, Emeritus Professor of Auburn University, and Paul Szep, the well-known cartoonist, have joined forces to publish a game-changer in the area of geopolitics. The book, "The Three Kings of Chaos: The Apocalyptical Geopolitics of the 21st Century," can be found easily online …

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Last weekend, in the face of a possible pandemic of coronavirus disease, my wife decided we should increase our supply of hand sanitizer. So, we headed out to our favorite discount stores with the idea of picking up a few bottles of her favorite brand of anti-viral gel. It wasn't to be.

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That “sucker born every minute,” as shyster showman P.T. Barnum put it, is you and me. 

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Imagine if I were to ask you to take out a piece of paper and draw a picture of Oreo, my pet from when I was a kid. I will not tell you anything about him. For all you know, he could be a dog or a cat or a hermit crab or a penguin. Even if it’s just a mental picture, take a moment and try. 

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A few years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the west coast of Scotland. This land is filled with breathtaking mountains, lush green hills and hundreds of lakes or lochs, the most famous being Loch Ness. I did not discover Nessie the famous resident of Loch Ness on this visit, b…

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During our last conversation, we talked about some little known facts about U.S. presidents. So in this day of political correctness and fair play, we'll take a look at the presidents' better halves ... for some little known facts about the First Ladies.

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As a responsible society, we are way too quick to tear down and demolish. We seem to be continuously looking ahead, rarely glancing back. 

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A member of a congregation I once served accused me of being too political, saying I was focusing too much on topics that didn’t matter to her. She wanted to come to church to feel comfortable, and hearing about social justice topics took her out of her comfort zone. It’s an interesting crit…

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We've just celebrated "President's Day" — a day that lumped together the individual presidential holidays. Today, I became curious about some of our past leaders and little known facts about them and their time in office.

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This weekend, many people will be celebrating Valentine's Day, a secular holiday celebrating "love." I am not sure what degree of love. It seems from everything including initial relationships to love that has endured and been strengthened by the test of time. Thus, from a philosophical poin…

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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a world-renowned atmospheric scientist and political science professor at Texas Tech, spoke to a packed audience at the AU Hotel & Conference Center on Feb. 6, and hit a home run. She received a standing ovation and many members of the audience, particularly undergr…

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Just the other day I was thumbing through a magazine my wife subscribes to and came across some of the most interesting articles I've seen in a while.

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One of my first stops in ministry was as a hospital chaplain on a maternity unit. When I would tell people about this work, the natural assumption was that the worst part of the job was dealing with death. And yes, deaths were devastating on the mother/baby unit; however, there was also an i…

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The United States is in the midst of a wireless revolution. With the deployment of fifth generation (“5G”) technology, American consumers are about to see mobile broadband speeds explode exponentially, unlocking a wide range of new possibilities.

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As if Donald Trump didn't have enough on his political plate comes a faux pas by the POTUS (President Of The United States). He's got the Democrats calling him every name in the book and trying their best to remove him from office.

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Believe it or not, one of the world’s top 50 leaders is coming to town. Dr. Hayhoe will be making a presentation in the auditorium of the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, Feb. 6. A suggestion: If you want a seat, get there early. The title of her presentation is “Fa…

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By playing the Super Bowl, we will have reached the end of the professional football season. But true sports fans should not despair. We're in the midst of the college basketball season — leading up to the NCAA Final Four — the NBA is getting up to speed, hockey fans are excited about the NH…

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A perk of living in a university community is our access to great performers, thinkers and speakers. If we can make time to squeeze in a few events, we are smart to do so. Auburn’s Department of Philosophy reached out recently to invite the Jewish community to a lecture by Dr. Amy-Jill Levin…

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Life is precious.  The death of my father when I was 17 years old taught me that. My heart attack six months ago taught me that. My wife being pregnant six times taught me that. She delivered four healthy babies at EAMC, but also experienced two miscarriages. Again, life is precious.

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Long before the Beatles took America by storm in 1963, there was a young Southern singer with sideburns and a curled top lip from a Tennessee river town that turned American music upside down.

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Have you circled February 2, 2020 on your calendar? It's a double-doozy for those who follow the NFL and the groundhog prognosticator known as Punxsutawney Phil. (Not to mention it's Lisa Rickey's birthday ... but I digress.)

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Something that can be kind of hard sometimes is figuring out what fruits and vegetables are cheaper, readily available, and taste better at different points throughout the year. One of the hardest times to figure that out is winter. It’s not just mac n’ cheese and mashed potatoes, either. 

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Have you ever had a moment of realization in which you discover that something you felt so sure of was actually totally wrong? If you’re honest, I bet there have been many of those times. For some of you, you probably felt embarrassed to discover that Africa is a continent and not a country.…

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How's your memory these days? I took an online memory test and did well. That got me to thinking about what smart phones are doing to our memories.

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A few weeks ago I read a news story that spoke to me about people and life. The USA Today article told of a woman who lived in an apartment in Compiègne, France, a small town on the outskirts of Paris. The reporter shared how the woman owned a small piece of artwork that hung over a hot plat…

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So, the holiday rush is finally over and now it’s back to our ho hum daily lives again. Without all of that extra time on our hands, cooking times can be a little bit more difficult to slide into our daily routines. So what are some ways we can make sure to keep our beloved family time intac…

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This will likely be the most difficult conversation you and I will ever have. It follows the passing of our dear, sweet dog Charlie Brown. 

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My dad gave me his copy of Dale Carnegie’s book “The Power of Positive Thinking” when I turned 16. Little did I know then that positive words do lead to positive thinking and living.

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This past week, I decided to experiment with Facebook ads to promote our congregation’s Christmas Eve service.

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Do you still make New Year's resolutions? I'll be honest with you; I have such a dismal track record of keeping the resolutions I've made over the years that it is ludicrous to even consider making even making ANY for the year ahead.

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Being a native son of Alabama, I am very aware of the importance of “place” and “family” in daily life, thus the question is common — “Where are you from?”

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Some folks are all upset that buying online has taken the fun out of Christmas shopping. To people who feel that way, I say "Bah humbug!" I get into the Christmas spirit in front of my computer as much as I do when I find myself out in the masses trying to find those perfect gifts for loved …

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Impeachment was “an essential security for the good behavior” of the president otherwise “he will spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself re-elected.” — William Davie, Founding Father from North Carolina