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Most well-known singers discovered early in their careers that you need to record several Christmas albums (or singles). That's because your songs are guaranteed to be played regularly during the holidays — no questions asked.

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If there is one thing I look forward to when I am going to any holiday dinner it is the pie.

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A few decades ago in the early 1980s, a majority of retirement plans — about 60 percent, according to CNN Money — were so-called “defined benefit” programs. Today, the figure is around 4 percent.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, so why are so many of us sad and unhappy at the most wonderful time of the year? Could it be utensil placement?

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For the last 85 years, we've been singing along to "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." And almost as long, parents have used this song to try to get their children to behave.

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Nothing is quite as horrible and shocking as murder. Yet, nothing turns us on more than a darn good murder mystery.

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Several thoughts made the cut to be the topics of our conversation this week.

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It seems like I’ve heard a thousand “holiday” messages about the importance of gratitude, family, and tradition. As a pastor, it’s difficult to say something new and fresh year after year since gratitude, family and tradition really are important pillars of our faith and community.

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This time of year, we try to count our blessings. Of course, faith, family and friends come first. No different this year, but I think I will add my home state of Alabama near the top of the list. After all the subject is topical, because Dec. 4 marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for t…

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Cats, for the most part, just tolerate people. I saw a sign the other day that said how you own a dog, but cats just put up with you and wait to be fed.

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A few weeks ago I was in a staff meeting at Auburn UMC and feeling the excitement of our church staff as we finalized plans for Advent and Christmas.

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You may have noticed from The Villager’s front page today that my wife, Nikki, and I have bought out our partners, Charles and Ernest Whatley, and are now 100 percent owners of The Auburn Villager newspaper and website, auburnvillager.com.

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Did you ever stop and realize that virtually everything on earth has a name? And that means that in most cases, there is a story behind the name.

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It has been said that a TV program lives and dies by its ratings. So, how do the rating services know which program you and your family are watching? 

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Months before the March primaries, Alabama’s U.S. Senate race just keeps getting more interesting. In fact, many political observers feel that it could be one of the most hotly contested races in the nation.

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The year was 1959, 60 years ago. So what was going on when my class was three months into our sixth grade year?

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I recently found myself carefully explaining a church revival to our Jewish kids, and in the process, reflecting on Jewish renewal and conversion.

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Responsible journalists are under siege across the U.S. and in nations around the world. This fact doesn’t seem logical, because people want and need the truth.

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In the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Book of Common Worship there is a phrase that more than once finds its way into the prayer of confession: 

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Alabama may be the locale of some interesting political races in 2020. The U.S. Senate is going to be a knock down, drag out race.

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These days, I have noticed an increase in the number of people who have tattoos. When I was a kid, tattoos were synonymous with sailors and other men who made their living working on ships that sailed the seven seas or who were carnies traveling with circuses and county fairs.

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When it comes to dirt, political dirt is pure gold. Uncovering dirt on an opponent can just about guarantee you a win.

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Admittedly, when I hear the sound of children running through the Fellowship Hall of the church, it puts a smile on my face.

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Most presidents making calls to foreign presidents and dignities have their aides and intelligence experts on speaker phone.

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I got my marching orders from my wife the other day — clean out your record closet! I could see that stern look on her face and hear the "no nonsense" tone in her voice.

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Political polarization is paralyzing our nation, leading us into a wasteland, a place wide open to strongmen and to the endgame they love most — war.

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Have you had enough hot weather? Thank goodness we're through with the record-setting high temperatures for the extended summer we've experienced.

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A few weeks ago, I experienced a medical emergency.

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While perusing some of the articles dealing with the 200th anniversary of the founding of the state of Alabama, I came across some information about some rather remarkable native Alabamians. 

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If you want to care about the things Jesus cares about, you have to care about people. 

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During several previous conversations we have talked about the early days of early A.M. radio, specifically the small town radio station where I worked starting back in the mid-1960s.

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This is not a sports column, although that is what it seems like sometimes during football season. Actually, I try to write about what people are talking about, and right now, that is Auburn football.

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Ms. Matthews is a grandmother on a fixed income and takes care of her grandchildren.

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Recently, the subject of dangerous jobs came up in a conversation I was having with a friend.

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A few weeks ago, several of us from Auburn UMC traveled to visit and work with our partner church, First UMC of Port St. Joe Florida.

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Ever wonder how the cable TV political talk shows got so ugly and argumentative?

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If I've said it once, I've said it a couple dozen times — words mean something. But how did we get around to using certain words in the first place?

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By nature, I’m an optimist, but lately I worry that my beloved country is on a downward spiral for three reasons: (1) our national debt is off the charts, (2) the U.S. and Russia have decided to scrap the Intermediate range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)they signed in 1987, thus bringing about …