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Monthly Archives: October 2016


We do. ‘We’ is Shepherds’ Fold Ministries.  You’ll find vital information at and Each year around this time we invite evangelical ministers and wives of all denominations from around Kansas to meet in Wichita for an annual DAY of RENEWAL.  That event occurred yesterday. Shepherds’ Fold exists to offer year-round care and encouragement for pastors, their … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll, 10/27/16: IF IT WAS EASY, ANYBODY COULD DO IT

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.” I hate physical limitations.  I like less being told I can’t do something.  Young twerps getting air time just by sitting on their afts whining really grind my gears.  Older ones, even more. You’ve heard it:  “NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY.  THEY SAID IT … Continue reading »

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GRANGER at Halloween for 10/26/16: THE TEAR IN THE WRAPPER

“Truth in advertising“, it read. Granger was fed up with the glut of political flyers in his mailbox and inboxes.  Tossing on his desk the garishly colored hit piece in yoga pants by a former state senator, he swung around and gazed unfocused out the window at a grayish, cotton-streaked sky with bruise-blue accents.  Chuffing through his nose, he thought, … Continue reading »

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Bear with me, readers.  You know my ‘contract’ with you is to lift, encourage, edify and challenge to personal and spiritual excellence.  I’m doing that here, just in a different manner.  I hate liars and those paid to promulgate their lies.  Thus, I’m taking time to assure my readers:  this is intended to lift and … Continue reading »

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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(using)s for 10/21/16: BELIEVING’S EASY WHEN YOU CAN SEE IT & YOU’RE AHEAD

If they told you there’s no hope, would you keep believing? No–really.  Think about it. If they said there’s no hope and you’re a fool, a dreamer, to think otherwise, would you hold on and believe anyway? I’ve read many an account of men and women who pressed on, persevering through grinding challenges and spectacular … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll, 10/19/16: TIME-SHARE TOMBS & LED GRAVESTONES

“You just had to go there?  The whole Halloween shtick?” I’m a writer.  I find inspiration in just about everything.  I’m ghoul that way. “Ho-kay.  What’s bubbling over in your mind this time?” Why, thank you for asking.  Why, um–why did Isaiah stipulate a borrowed tomb (53:9)?  All four gospels affirm it.  Matthew says Joe of … Continue reading »

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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(using)s, 10/13/16: I’M SIDING WITH GOD, HERE

I choose to believe the Bible’s version of things:  not my favorite theoposition of things, but what God actually has to say about them and about us all. Faith’s enemies get louder and harsher in condemning ‘those evangelical conservatives’ as if staring in revulsion at crows chowing down on a roadkill rabbit’s three-day-old carcass. It happens every … Continue reading »

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500-Word Stroll, 10/6/16: BETTER THINK AGAIN

You who’ve bandwagoned, refusing to honor our National Anthem, need to   consider the inevitable consequences of your words and actions.  They don’t occur in a vacuum.  Eventually, you’ll face what they’re going to cost you. You already are. This morning in Los Angeles, another lawman doing his job is dead, having been shot in the face during a … Continue reading »

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Hey, Pastor Jack & Martha and the whole Simms gang: Thank you so much for the greatest Southern hospitality going!  Though our visit with you was way too short, we got a real charge out of renewing some friendships that border on family; and meeting so many of you new to the church family. Many … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll, 10/5/16: IS THAT ME IN MY MIRROR?

I was carrying on a snarky conversation, cracking wise: “Wow, bub – that face could hold a 3-day rain.”  The usual early-AM smart remarks.  It was about there when I noticed the guy wasn’t firing back, but aping my gestures.  I squinted.  Mirror. Aw, NAW, man.  That can’t be– Starboard-side hair matted and flat.  Whiskers.  … Continue reading »

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