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George Washington's advice

Subscriber onlyGeorge Washington's birthday was Feb. 22 and is celebrated on the Senate floor by reading his farewell address. He only said three things were absolutely necessary for our country to endure. One of those three is not very popular today, but no less true. "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports." It would be folly to suppose that morality can be maintained without religion, he said. "[R]eason and experience," he wrote, "both forbid to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." Continue reading...

The little flock

Subscriber onlyThis past Sunday (as of this writing), we returned home after the church meeting and saw a small flock of chickens traipsing around our yard. The neighbors said this flock of six had been wandering the neighborhood for a week, but this was the first time we saw them. Having raised chickens in New Mexico, we determined that they are Rhode Island Reds. And this little group is not afraid of people: three of them came right up to me. Continue reading...

Monogamy may not be natural, but it is essential

Subscriber only"Monogamy isn't all it's cracked up to be. Or at least it's not a 'natural' way for people to behave in society, according to Scarlett Johansson. ... She says that while marriage is beautiful in concept, it's not something she believes is a 'natural' state for people, given the tremendous difficulties people face committing to it," as reported by Theresa Avila. Continue reading...

Crushed by the one you love

Subscriber onlyIn 1968 Carol and I became associate pastors of a church in the state of Washington. We would often visit parishioners on Sunday afternoons to become better acquainted with them. One couple who had been married for about 20 years, and who seemed to be frequently unhappy, invited us for dinner. I'll call them Barney and Sue. Continue reading...

How's that contentment thing going?

Subscriber onlyDecember wantitis, -- n. The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas when longings or cravings for things thought to bring satisfaction or enjoyment peaks for the year. It may center around one big desire that has been simmering for a while or a number of smaller cravings that together is a big thing. Continue reading...