Monthly Archives: March 2018

RELIGION AND AMERICAN DIPLOMACY

By LORETTA FULTON Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, lamented that if she needed assistance with a military or economic issue, she had hordes of people at her fingertips, but not so with matters of religion. Albright discussed that problem in her book, “The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs,”  published in

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STRENGTH OF ROOTS

By NANCY PATRICK Within the same week, I celebrated my 68th birthday and received the invitation and registration material for my 50th year class reunion for the Abilene High School class of 1968. Of course, I already knew I was getting older, but something about a 50th year reunion impressed me with the reality that most of my life is

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THE PIT OF DARKNESS

By MIKE PATRICK Psalms of lament typically begin with gloom and end with gladness, sorrow ends with shouting, tears turn to triumph. However, Psalm 88 is the only Psalm that ends in gloom, that ends with a word of darkness. Famous theologian Walter Bruggemann says, “Psalm 88 is an embarrassment to conventional faith.” The psalmist’s lament reeks with honest misery,

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PERHAPS WE NEED TO BE LISTENING

By JANICE SIX “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you say.” This quote is a favorite of mine. It’s certainly not original to me. Most who occupy their time searching for the origin of quotes believe it to be a variation of a saying attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in an essay published in 1895. The

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