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Is the Grass Greener?

Originally, the proverb said, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” The observation likely stems from watching cattle stretch across the fence to nibble a blade of grass while standing in a lush green pasture. Today, the axiom is often shortened simply to, “The grass is always greener…” and can refer to any assumed better opportunity somewhere else.

ShepherdCalls_WPWhat brought this adage to mind was

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The Sky is Not Falling

The most recent Reader’s Digest contains a report of a study done by Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack on slate.com. According to their conclusions based on analysis of current available data, the sky is not falling or to use their words, “The world is not falling apart.”

ShepherdCalls_WPIt is easy to become paranoid by reading the headlines. “News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen.” For example,

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To Be or Not to be a Church

by Dr. H. Wade Paris

The Associated Press recently reported a story about a swingers club converting into a church. A group in downtown Nashville, reportedly a swingers group, known as the Social Club sold its building and purchased a new one several miles away. In some ways, the new location is suitable; it is isolated at the end of a dead end street. However, it is near Good Pasture

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Democracy’s Dues

ShepherdCalls_WPThere must surely be a better way. Having no better way to propose, I grow tense thinking about the months of political wrangling ahead – the speeches, the innuendo, the half-truths, untruths, the debates, and the spin makes my head ache.

Like I said, I have no better way to propose; however, I do have an observation that might improve our perspective. Make the campaign window smaller, briefer. The presidential

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PRNDL

The PRNDL on my vehicle is broken. You may not know what an automotive PRNDL is but almost every car has one. It’s that little gauge just over your steering wheel, usually a slightly arched shape, that plainly reads PRNDL. It could easily be a Hebrew word for the Hebrew language usually omits the vowels. This is very confusing to the reader who must select his/her own vowels. However, it

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Bark If You Love Life

He was a community dog. Many communities have them. They make the rounds of the residences to visit with neighbor dogs and their owners. Residents pet and sometimes feed community dogs so they keep coming around. Our community dog was a beagle. I called him, “Snoopy,” and other folk followed suit.

ShepherdCalls_WPNo one seemed to know “who Snoopy belonged to.” The usual answer to that query was “He belongs to

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Do Right, Be Blessed

ShepherdCalls_WPSeveral women gathered. They wished to anoint the body of Jesus; but there were many difficulties. It was early in the morning and still dark. An enormous stone blocked the entrance to the grave. None of the women were strong enough to move the stone; and worse, the stone had been sealed by the authorities with instructions not to roll it away or break the seal. Guards were stationed at

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A Tale of Two Churches

ShepherdCalls_WPAt one time, a downtown church accommodated 2,000 plus members each Sunday. Then, in 1979, it closed. That’s the year our family moved to Kansas City. I don’t recall hearing anything about it closing. I suspect it was not sudden, but a gradual transition of community and the ways of “doing” church. The closing of the church not only left a big hole in a once vibrant community; it also

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In My Garden

Tiny shoots are peeking through the ground. My garden is coming to life again. When I speak of my garden, I am talking about our entire lawn, nearly three acres. Since our homeowner rules disallow fences, nothing encloses my garden. I like to think we have the “no fence” rule so our lawns and lives will mingle. Who knows; the rule was in place when I arrived.

ShepherdCalls_WPNevertheless, scattered across

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