Commentary

The Sounds of Summer

  1. 01st September 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

The sound of the cicadas was deafening as I walked along on a summer Sabbath morning, enjoying the breeze and collecting my thoughts after a busy and eventful week. I had so much to think about, and was trying to making sense of it from a biblical point of view. Yet, those cicadas were humming away so loudly, it was hard to concentrate.

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A Friend in Need?

  1. 30th August 2018
  2. Jonathan McNair

Who is a friend in need? There are few things as satisfying in life as a good friendship. Children crave friendships intensely, and we continue to cherish our friendships through life’s waning years. The “texting” shorthand “BFF”—“Best Friend Forever”—speaks to a heartfelt desire that is almost universally felt. Who would not want a friend with whom we can share...

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Fixing What is Broken

  1. 28th August 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

My father had a knack for fixing things. He was very mechanically inclined. On numerous occasions, I observed him fixing a broken, often poorly manufactured item and making it better than it was before. Sometimes he fixed what supposed “experts” could not. Broken things need fixing.

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"The Song of Fools..."

  1. 25th August 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

It seems that every generation has its own style of music. Someone who grew up in the 1940s probably enjoys the sounds of the “big band” era. Then, in the late 40s and early 50s, the plaintive sounds of country music filled the airwaves as tales of heartache and hard times were set to music. From the classics to the singing celebrities of the “Grand Old Opry” to...

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Fathers Rearing Sons

  1. 23rd August 2018
  2. Sheldon Monson

What is a man? What should a man believe? What are a man’s responsibilities? How ought a man conduct himself? These are among the most important questions in a boy’s life. The Bible shows us that fathers have a vital role to play in helping their boys grow to become men.

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Where’s Your Sense of Humor?

  1. 21st August 2018
  2. John Wheeler (guest columnist)

Three eggs with faces painted on, one wonders, what is so funny? What do you think is funny? Do you like slapstick? Sarcasm? Puns, limericks and other wordplay? Humor plays an important role in human relationships—but how can we use humor to improve our Christian lives?

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The Real "Walking Dead"

  1. 18th August 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

The “walking dead” or zombie genre of movies and television programs must be very popular. I see advertisements for them every time I turn on the television. Are there really “walking dead?” A long time ago, I saw my first (and last!) zombie movie. With all due respect to the actors, actresses, and producers, I was—and still am—thoroughly unimpressed. Any little...

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The Stupidity of Cupidity

  1. 16th August 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

Cupidity is acquisitiveness, avarice, covetousness, or simply greed. We need money to buy necessities, but the question is, “Just how much money is enough?” We need food, clothing, and shelter to sustain life. There are other “necessities” in this modern age: transportation, communication, education, health care, etc. We also have wants that enhance our well-...

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Buying or Selling

  1. 14th August 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

The United States' economy has rebounded and is firing on all cylinders. The country is at full employment and labor shortages loom in many industries. Retail sales are strong and interest rates remain quite low. Inflation, always a concern, is modest and does not seem threatening at this juncture. The Federal tax cuts introduced in 2018 are beginning to be felt...

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He Who is Wise

  1. 11th August 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

When I was young, “He who…” jokes were popular. For example: "He who runs in front of a car gets tired; he who runs behind a car gets exhausted." Or this one: "He who leaps over a cliff jumps to a conclusion." As a child, I found these amusing, though not particularly wise.  I later learned that the Bible has many truly wise sayings, and by studying the...

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