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Time to take our faith past catchphrases

When I was a child, I was fascinated by the liturgy and art of the Roman Catholic Church. I would sneak into the living room on Christmas Eve and watch Midnight Mass from Rome. Being raised in a Baptist church in Southeast Arkansas, it was all so foreign! But something within it resonated within me.

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Confederate flag’s heritage too often being hijacked by hate

In the midst of the current firestorm raging around the Confederate Battle Flag, intolerant, hate-filled voices demand the eradication of all things remotely associated with Confederate heritage. Quietly seeking but denied permission to be heard are the voices of reason which offer the love of Christ as the remedy for the angst afflicting American society at large.

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Old Glory deserves our salute from a truly united nation

On April 30, 1789, on Wall Street in New York City, the capital of the United States (at that time), Gen. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president. He and his government staff walked over to a little stone church, which is still standing today close to Ground Zero.

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Those of us who oppose gay marriage are in good company

As I am called a bigot, a homophobe, and other names for my stance against gay marriage, I had an awakening thought: As people call me those names, they are also calling Jesus those names since He was the one who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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God’s laws lose out to man’s in court’s ruling

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rewritten the long-standing definition of marriage, the same-sex population and their supporters are gleeful while the rest of us are being labeled “intolerant, insensitive and hateful” for clinging to our archaic Biblical beliefs.

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Community, businesses reach out to boost key local projects

A huge thank you to BB&T for benefitting Randy and Friends through their Lighthouse Project. They spent many volunteer hours working to improve the Rooster’s Perch Coffeehouse, in addition to the work space where employment and life skills are taught to adults with disabilities.

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Pope calls for a conversion of our hearts

Concerning climate change, Pope Francis’ stance in his Encyclical is very clear. He stated, “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” and “scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications.”

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County needs to focus on justice, not just low taxes

I wanted to attend the Hall County budget meetings but couldn’t. This is what I would have said:

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LGBT coalition shouldn’t force its agenda on the rest of us

The 2 percent, or less, of our population identified as LGBT are not being picked on. Rather, their bullying is being resisted. Nobody cares what other people are doing relationally in the privacy of their homes (no bomb building, please). We do care how our children are educated and about our Biblical values such as sanctity of marriage.

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Brother salutes columnist's salute to dad

I have lots of words regarding Dick’s column regarding our dad, but think only one is appropriate: Amen!

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Charleston tragedy is a command to teach kindness

Last week, our country and our community received a command, not merely a call. We must reach deep inside our hearts and heads to find ways to reach people before they become unreachable, such as the young man responsible for the tremendous tragedy in Charleston.

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Giving and sharing come in the form of welcome $2 bills

My thanks go out to the dapper, white-haired gentleman who gave my grandsons two special gifts Sunday morning in the IHOP restaurant in Gainesville.

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Your Views: Roosevelt Square doesn’t need fixing

The other day I read a small notice that our illustrious city council was considering "improving the square." I had lunch at the square the other day, sat outside and had a nice time just looking. I found the square looked very nice — nothing needs to be done.

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Your Views: Instead of politicizing Jesus, why not just follow his way of living?

Just like the Roman emperor Constantine did 1800 years ago, the "powers that be" continue to politicize Jesus for their own personal gain. And Christians continue to be vulnerable. Traditional theology hasn’t helped much.

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Your Views: Series on foster child care opened eyes to a serious issue

On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.

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