Mom and Pop Operation

November 28th, 2011

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The IRS only has a 36 percent approval rating. At the height of the oil spill, British Petroleum scored only 16 percent. But Congress is the worst. It has a nine-percent approval rating. It is presently a failing institution. Would Congress benefit from seeing how the institution of family, as defined by the Christian faith, flourishes?

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Poof

November 21st, 2011

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“Houston, we’ve had a problem.” In that instant, Jim Lovell’s dream died. The promise of walking on the moon went poof. Americans have been promised a plethora of benefits. Now they face a debt problem. The super committee is tasked to find a solution, but the bigger problem is how people typically react when promises go poof.

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No Huddle Offense

November 14th, 2011

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Last year, as the University of Oregon football team whipped the Tennessee Volunteers 48-13, a Vols defensive end pled for mercy. “If you guys run two more plays at this speed, I’m going to fall over dead.” Oregon runs a no-huddle offense that’s changing football. Would it also be an effective offense for the faith community?

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Counterweight

November 7th, 2011

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As clocks are wound back and we watch days grow darker, my wife Kathy says my mood also seems darker these days. I think I’m in good company. Critics often asked Flannery O’Connor why her writings were so dark. She said it was the only way to be a “counterweight to the prevailing heresy” in the contemporary church.

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