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Enjoying a casual evening at home, reclining in my favorite easy chair reading, while the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was chatting on the telephone. I seldom pay attention to phone … more
This time around Editor Scott Coleman wants to know whether the perspective of ‘once saved, always saved’ can be reconciled with the belief that we must repent and seek forgiveness on a regular … more
This week’s question is frequently asked.  I’ve heard fascinating and sometimes loud discussions from laity and clergy alike. When asked, I usually cop out and say “That’s above my pay … more
The topic for this round table is: “Some teach the doctrine of once saved, always saved, and others preach repent and seek forgiveness always. Are the two teaching at odds?” Jesus said in … more
As my friend Betty Ann unpacked her young family in my Deep South hometown, it didn’t take long for the neighbors to arrive with a strangulating dose of hospitality. Their silver hairdos teased to … more
I must confess that in the Parsonage there are times of confusion. It has nothing to do with age; it has everything to do with the human brain that is undernourished.The Gracious Mistress of the … more
We sat across the banquet table from each other. He was a popular priest at the very pinnacle of his career. I was a brand new clergyman. At some point, I think, we shook hands, and he congratulated … more
“I am certain,” the Apostle Paul once wrote, “that God, who began the good work within you, will continue that work until it is finally finished.” That God would finish what God started … more
As a child, I remember watching evangelists on TV who purportedly healed people. People would walk up to the stage on crutches, then after a prayer would throw them down and walk or dance down the … more
It was Dr. Bill Leonard who best described my religious upbringing. Speaking for many who came to Christianity in the fire-and-brimstone of Appalachian fundamentalism, he said, “Some of us were … more
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