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Falling Leaves

The leaves have begun to fall. Relaxing in our outdoor swing, I observed the ground is covered with brown, brittle brush. Actually, I’ve seen only a few drifting down; but the covered ground tells me the air is raining leaves. The first falling leaves are sneaky. They don’t let you see them. Soon, however, they will fall in large quantities, a deluge of tree dandruff.

ShepherdCalls_WPYou may wonder why I

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Small is Not a Four Letter Word

In today’s news there was an article about small colleges and their struggles. It is common to think bigger is better, and students often choose a college by its size assuming they will get a bigger/better education at the big school.

ShepherdCalls_WPThe article caught my attention because I am the product of a small school. In 1957 I graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN. At that time, the school

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Labor for the Master

A pastor invited me to fill a church pulpit. It was Father’s Day. I mentioned I might bring a Father’s Day message. “Oh, that’s a secular holiday. We don’t pay any attention to those,” my colleague replied.

There are several secular celebrations absent from our Christian calendar. A wise pastor/church will take note of them. For example, soon we will celebrate Labor Day. Few things touch us more than our

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Social media reported hitchBOT, Canada’s hitchhiking robot, spent the night on a park bench in Philadelphia on Friday, July 31. Someone presumably gave it a “hitch” (ride) and then left it in a tourist area on the bench. Here hitchBOT fell into harmful hands and was destroyed.

ShepherdCalls_WPPrior to its destruction, hitchBOT hitchhiked across Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. It came to its demise in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly

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What is God Like?

Sit down and write a page about what you think God is like. Fill in as many details as you can. You can’t write a whole page? Okay, write a paragraph. Be specific. I can tell you with certainty; God is not like that.

ShepherdCalls_WPEven with the benefit of the Bible, we tend to think of God in terms which suit us. For example, when we read a scripture passage

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God… In Everything

When I say, “God is in it all” or “God is in everything,” please don’t take me to be a pantheist. I do not think everything is God. However, I do believe God is in everything. I picture our world as a huge sponge filled with the presence of God. Nevertheless, that conviction can be troubling. Here is an example.

ShepherdCalls_WPTo entertain my great grandson who loves fish, I purchased

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ShepherdCalls_WPSeventy plus years ago, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was a ten year old girl on a Kindertransport, a train that carried Jewish children to safety from Nazi Germany. She was allowed to take only one toy with her as she fled Frankfurt. She took a favorite doll. On the train she met a younger child, who was understandably crying. Painfully Ruth gave the young girl her doll. “She needed it more

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Instruments of Destruction

He was my great, great nephew, my niece’s grandson. Sadly, he is gone at 19. He proved, unfortunately, what most of us know – guns are to children (especially boys) what flowers are to bees. They will get together.

The weapon was “put away,” locked in a safe at home. The key was hidden in his grandmother’s purse, but he found the key and the gun. He called his grandmother

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It was my birthday, a big one. My wife decided I needed a birthday party. Perhaps she assumed I would not be available for many more. Lovingly, she set the wheels in motion. At first, she planned it to be a surprise; but we have difficulty keeping secrets from each other, and soon the “cat was out of the bag.”

ShepherdCalls_WPWhen she realized I was on to her, she began

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