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What Was The Recent General Election About?

The conservative newspaper, New Hampshire Union Leader, in offering its endorsement of Joe Biden, noted that, “Biden may not be the president we want, but in 2020 he is the president we desperately need. He will be the president... — Updated 11/18/2020


When Do You Become A Transylvanian?

Arriving in Brevard 15 years ago, I was eager to fulfill one of my dreams by setting up a private practice counseling center here in the mountains. I was ecstatic about being here. But early on and for some time afterward I did... — Updated 11/5/2020


Are We A Stranger To Ourselves?

By Dr. John Campbell Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” begins with a sparse announcement: “Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegraph from the Home says: Your Mother passed away. Funeral tomorrow.... — Updated 10/21/2020


Evangelicals Are Not A Political Monolith

On Nov. 8, 2016, eighty-one percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. Their enthusiasm for Trump has remained steady throughout his presidency. The data bears this out. In 2019 the approval rating for President Trump... — Updated 10/7/2020


Is There A Way To Avoid Civil Unrest?

Police Chief Lance Arnold of Weatherford, Texas, quoted in The Week magazine said that “It seems like we as a country have moved right past the discussion phase of things and now we just are at the stage of conflict, being at... — Updated 9/23/2020


What Was Jesus' Response To The Domination System

A dispute arose among (the disciples) as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But (Jesus) said to them, “The Kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority are called benefactors. But not so with... — Updated 9/9/2020


The Powerful Influence Of The Domination System

(This column is the second in a series based on the work of Walter Wink) In my last column I wrote about a biblical worldview enumerated by Walter Wink, former professor of biblical interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in... — Updated 8/26/2020


Recognizing And Transforming Principalities And Powers

This column is the first in a series based on and expanding the seminal work of Walter Wink who was professor of biblical interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He is remembered for his trilogy on the... — Updated 8/12/2020


Learning From Citizen Sacrifices During WWII

According to projections from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, if 95 percent of Americans were to wear masks in public, more than 33,000 lives will be saved by the end of September.... — Updated 7/29/2020


How Might We Be A Spy And Not Know It?

Might we be a spy and not know it? No, not a spy that works for an intelligence agency. I am referring to the way we survey the behavior of loved ones. This was especially true regarding my sons. I watched them. My attention was... — Updated 7/15/2020


The Journey Inward: Slavery, Mental Health Trauma Of Black Americans

“Just Mercy” is a compelling movie. We see how prejudice was embedded in southern culture and how attitudes towards blacks left a legacy of psychological and social trauma. The storyline is about the exoneration of Walter... — Updated 6/24/2020


The Journey Inward: Is Jeremiah's Prophetic Message Relevant Today?

Jeremiah, one of the greatest prophets of Hebrew scripture, proclaimed a message of sorrow and hope as well as judgment about the apostasy of his country. Jeremiah lived during a time of tremendous upheaval for the Hebrews. The Bab... — Updated 6/12/2020


The Journey Inward: A Biblical Journey Into Unchartered Territory

The Torah begins with a journey. Avram and Sarai, who will become Abraham and Sarah, hear a voice that urges them to embark on a journey to an unknown land. They are addressed directly by YHVH, the Lord: “Go to yourself, leave... — Updated 5/27/2020


The Journey Inward: Emotional Sobriety During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Writer John Powell, author of the book “Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am,” tells how he and a friend of his were strolling down a New York City street, a walk the two took frequently. They stopped at a newspaper vendor’s... — Updated 4/8/2020


The Journey Inward: Thinking About Sending A Resignation Letter To God

By Dr. John Campbell I want to send a letter of resignation. Resign from playing God! Resign when I find myself trying to resolve imaginary problems that reside in the future. When I insist on solving ones that are unsolvable with... — Updated 3/12/2020


The Reasons Why I Called The Governor Of Mississippi

Editor’s Note: This column is written to honor Black History Month. When I called Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’s office in early February a secretary answered the phone. After identifying myself, she asked me where I was... — Updated 2/26/2020


Understanding Ourselves:Are We Good Or Bad?

Are we not apt to judge people and ourselves as either good or bad or at the least a mixture of both? Jesus didn’t. Jesus made a profound psychological point about people in the parable of the good Samaritan. He suggested that... — Updated 2/12/2020


Has American History Gone By The Wayside?

One of my joyful memories is history classes with Dr. Richard Zuber at Wake Forest University. I had been invited by history department professors to take part in the Senior Honors program in history. I became a member of a small... — Updated 1/29/2020


Important Lessons From From 'Mister Rogers'

Over the holidays I saw the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers. The movie is based on the story of Fred Roger’s relationship with a reporter who was assigned by “Esquire” to... — Updated 1/15/2020


What Is A Compelling New Year's Resolution?

North Carolinian William R. Davie was a delegate to the Federal Convention and a proponent of the impeachment clause in the Constitution. He said that, “If he (the president) be not impeachable whilst in office, he will spare no... — Updated 1/2/2020


What A Vice President And My Son Have In Common

A young boy had to read a line in class: “Sir Walter Raleigh was a gentleman. He laid his cloak upon the muddy road so the lady wouldn’t soil her shoes when she entered the carriage.” When he read the line, the boy stumbled:... — Updated 12/19/2019


When Your Future Plans Collapse

l Have you heard the story “Welcome to Holland”? Written by Emily Perl Kingsley, the parent of a child with Down Syndrome, it’s about the experience of having your life’s expectations turned upside down: “When you’re go... — Updated 11/6/2019


Lord's Supper: Sacrament For Troubled Times

Sunday, Oct. 6, was World Communion Sunday. Members of our congregation celebrated the Lord’s Supper with thousands of Christians the world over. That experience is always touching for me. When I hear the words of invitation-... — Updated 10/23/2019


Thinking About The September Of My Years

Pumpkins and apples are plentiful. The air is slightly crisp. The sun feels different. School busses drop off children at school or home. School supplies line the aisles of Walmart. A few leaves are changing. Summer light at the... — Updated 9/25/2019


How Nadia Murad Turned Trauma Into Hope

You may have heard brief reports about the plight of the Yazidis and Christian groups in Iraq when Islamic State fighters raided their villages. Nadia Murad was one of the many women and children who were captured and enslaved by... — Updated 9/11/2019


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